Helmond is a medium sized city with about 90.000 inhabitants and it is located in the south of the Netherlands. Helmond is part of the Brainport area, one of the three most important economic areas in the country: Helmond, in particular, focuses on innovation on the fields of automotive and mobility. Helmond is indeed home to the Automotive Campus, where over 35 companies work on innovative mobility solutions.
With the Automotive Campus, Helmond presents itself as knowledge and innovation centre for mobility solutions and as “City of Smart Mobility”. Though a relatively small city, Helmond receives internationally recognition for its ambitious goals and the realisation of innovative mobility solutions in the city. Helmond is offering its urban environment as a living lab for smart mobility solutions.
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Brainport Smart District will be a smart living and working district in which the urban environment will be designed in conjunction with new transport, health, energy generation, energy storage and circular building technologies. A new residential area under development west of Helmond’s city centre and north of the Helmond-Eindhoven railway line, Brainport Smart District will be equipped with the latest innovative solutions and will function as an urban living lab. Within ReVeAL’s framework, the city of Helmond will implement an Intelligent Speed Adaptation System and a zero-emission zone. The ISA system will limit the speed of vehicles in the district to a safe maximum and the ZEZ will result in cleaner air in the district. Both measures will help to make the district a safe and people-friendly environment.