The innovative iZi Gezond Lang Thuis project ‘Living a Long and Healthy Life at Home’ by the Municipality of The Hague was named the winner of the World Smart City Awards in the Inclusive & Sharing Cities category. Gezond Lang Thuis was the only contender from the Netherlands. The winners of the Smart City Award were announced on 14 November during the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.
The iZi Gezond Lang Thuis programme will develop, test and implement e-Health and digital solutions for an ageing population together with city residents. An intensive lab of about 150 ageing citizens will work with social robots, household robots or sensors in the house to provide concrete feedback on living patterns. The iZi Gezond Lang Thuis programme falls under the Health Innovation assignment and aims to realise a number of spearheads from the new Youth Care & Public Health policy.
Smart City Awards and Congress
The World Smart City Awards seek to reward pioneering projects, ideas and strategies that promote sustainable urban development around the globe. The awards were this year awarded to 7 outstanding proposals selected from a total of 473 entries The Hague’s project was 1 of 6 nominees in the ‘Inclusive & Sharing Cities’ category, which also included initiatives from Moscow and New York. The Smart City Expo World Congress is the leading event for ‘smart cities’ of tomorrow with more than 20,000 participants this year.
Photo: iZi Gezond Lang Thuis