For the Dutch municipality of Waalwijk, UNSense has developed a smart mobility strategy including four pilots projects (see below). Being an international distribution center for goods throughout Europe, midsized city of Waalwijk faces the challenges of serving as the backend to the ever expanding service economy in bigger cities.
Smart Move Waalwijk: small city as innovation district
UNSense believes that smaller cities – because of their less complex urban infrastructure – offer opportunities for testing and implementing new smart mobility and smart logistics solutions. To put themselves on the map as well as for bigger cities to learn from.
In Waalwijk, the local logistics industry compromises livability for residents, leaving in its wake congested traffic, big boxes in the landscape, and a mostly vacant high street. To address these challenges, UNSense was commissioned by Waalwijk municipality to develop a series of prototypes which could become solutions to mobility challenges faced by other cities too. UNSense’s work explores how light infrastructural insertions could make the city more livable for residents, whilst also functioning as an innovation zone for local companies, in particular its biggest tenant bol.com.
“UNSense believes that small cities must be the innovation districts of a carbon-neutral economy”