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As cities are facing many challenges such as urban sprawl, traffic congestion and safety, and transportation accessibility, it is increasingly becoming important for urban planners to provide smart solutions while making efficient use of available assets, resources and infrastructure. The main question is how these smart solutions will help citizens: will they improve their quality of life and provide a clean and sustainable environment?

The role of big data and citizens are becoming increasingly important in achieving sustainable mobility and digitally transforming the city. They could help solve some of the most significant challenges that cities are currently facing such as traffic, infrastructure, pollution etc. However, urban planners are facing various obstacles when it comes to data and also involving citizens during their planning process. The main questions are: How can urban planners make use of the abundant data in an efficient way for the benefit of citizens? How can they take advantage of citizens’ suggestions in digitally transforming the city?

People have the opportunity to move from a reactive city to an anticipative city. Leveraging the data becoming increasingly available through millions of intelligent devices and systems in the city will allow us to create new insights into city dynamics. Predicting demand and adjusting supply provides an incredible opportunity for cities to become more sustainable and resilient. Besides these fundamental advantages, tailoring city services to the individual needs of citizens becomes possible and offers richer experiences making our cities more livable.