Since the boardwalk was installed in 2018, the Marineterrein’s Voorwerf has become a very popular recreational destination in the heart of Amsterdam. During the summer, this public space can experience overcrowding with swimmers, sun bathers, and picnickers which create additional problems related to safe pedestrian passage, waste removal and noise pollution for the innovation district.
The smart cameras installed use camera vision technology that anonymously count the number of pedestrians, sunbathers, swimmers and night-swimmers (10pm-6am). In addition to generating valuable data about crowd volume and activity, this experiment aims to engage the public to start an open “data + dialogue” about issues related to smart cameras & CCTV, data protection & digital rights, and the role of living labs in Amsterdam.
This initiative is a private-public partnership with the Amsterdam CTO office as a pioneering experiment to use this new technology in an inclusive environment to help improve public services and safety in common spaces.