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Amsterdam Goes Smart with New Apps

Posted: Nov. 20th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

Smart City World Congress has awarded Amsterdam with the City Award in recognition of its new Open Data Program which will provide data to app developers to produce applications to help travelers get around the city with the aid of smartphones and locals to navigate around congested traffic.

Amsterdam joined forces with app-developers on this new initiative to identify problems and implement solutions. The goal: To create applications for the smartphone that supplies the traveler real-time multimodal transport and travel-information to his or her destination. Examples of new apps that have been created are Parkshark (Glimworm) and Bike Like a Local. The Department of Infrastructure and Transportation of the City of Amsterdam (Dienst Infrastructuur Verkeer en Vervoer DIVV) makes traffic and transportation data publicly available, in the hope that the open data will stimulate innovation for new products and mobile services to make trips more efficient.


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