About the city
With a population of 220,000 inhabitants, the city of Eindhoven is the 5th largest municipality in The Netherlands. As a knowledge based and innovation oriented city, Eindhoven focuses on creating the needed support structures in the domains of innovation, labour market, technology development and business development. The municipality has a political ambition to become a Living Lab for innovative technology solutions, a smart city, dramatically improving the quality of life of its citizens.
The pilot area
|A relatively central area in Eindhoven, Chimney Alley was chosen as the street where the ENIGMA innovations will be tested due to the inadequacy of current lighting solutions to its multiple functions: it is a vital traffic artery, a business hub and a major sports tourist destination. It covers the area between the Eindhoven University of Technology and Strijp-S, linking along the way the central railway station, the central trade center, various office buildings, major hotels and the PSV football stadium. The current infrastructure includes a tunnel under the railway and a high quality urban public transport link between the railway station and Eindhoven airport, all illuminated by around 170 high-pressure sodium lamps, most of which are over 20 years old.
The Dutch municipality would like to see it transformed into a safer and more vibrant zone, connecting the city center to its booming Strijp-S neighborhood. The lighting and societal needs of the area have been assessed through stakeholder consultations involving municipal decision makers and project managers, as well as businesses and regular users of this street.
Eindhoven's vision for the target area
The city's ambition for Chimney Alley focuses on
- Identity - Having an attractive area with an identity to create pride by the users and stakeholders. Enabling students to spend a good time in Eindhoven, making alumni students feel proud and inspired by their remembrance of Eindhoven. Providing an attractive, usable, understandable and safe place for the visitors of the hotel.
- Attractiveness - Provide clear routing and illumination to make local attractions in the area more attractive and reachable for visitors. Perceive a good and coherent atmosphere in the area by creating the appropriate experience. Making visitors feel comfortable and welcome anytime of the day. Creating stepping stones to connect the city centre and Strijp-S in a coherent and natural way. Perceiving an inviting atmosphere in the evening by having the appropriate experience.
- Safety - Having a qualitative good area between the buildings, providing safety and attractiveness. To make citizens feel at ease and safe in a coherently designed area. Providing good lighting around the stadium in public space. To create an attractive environment with clear and safe entrances for both the various buildings and the area itself for the residents, visitors, clients, customers and employees.
- Mobility - Having continuous and dedicated routing and guidance for all road users between areas. Feeling welcome as pedestrian and be able to quickly understand the best route to your destination. Providing clear and safe connections between the city centre and the other venues in the area, especially for cyclists and pedestrians, through guidance through lighting and ICT based services.