UniverCities, the ICT based platform for ISOCARP’s Institute

The ISOCARP Institute and UniverCities have reached a Collaboration Agreement. The UniverCity project will provide a platform for worldwide innovation linking research to government implementation actions.
The proposal is for UniverCity to operate within the ISOCARP Institute to provide a searchable database for government “text mining” and an ICT based platform connecting IoT to IoP (Internet of things – Internet of people).

UniverCities is a startup corporation registered in The Netherlands, with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, no. 66245931. The startup is providing the ISOCARP Institute with the technical infrastructure (KTP technology). As an autonomous on-line platform for Open Innovation in city and regional planning, the service is built around open source APIs. It aims to connect in one ecosystem; citizens, municipal planning administrations, city and regional planners / designers and Smart City vertical market vendors.

UniverCities is negotiating to be incubated as one of the high-tech startups within Brainport Development, in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. In mid-November, the startup established relationship with the Business Intelligence & Smart Services (BISS) Institute based in Heerlen, The Netherlands. The collaboration will result in exploring synergies among the BISS Institute’s PhD programme, the Urban Data Center (part of CBS – The Dutch National Bureau of Statistics) in Heerlen and UniverCities, for developing cutting-edge intelligence technologies in city and regional planning. At the same time, a collaboration with the Machine Learning Lab and the Urban Data Center in Eindhoven is anticipated.

The negotiations for the “Proof-of-concept” pioneer to test the KTP technology are in a final stage. The first municipality to pioneer in the Flagship Innovation Action is the municipality of Oirschot, located in the Eindhoven Region, The Netherlands. Further discussions are following to upscale the “Proof-of-concept” on regional level in Eindhoven, Best and Veldhoven, smaller and bigger municipalities within the Province of North Brabant, The Netherlands.”


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