What if empathy modifies the pace of a city?


We were happy to be nominated for the Edge of Government Award at the 2019 World Government Summit in Dubai

Out of 500 innovative solutions from all around the world, our innovation CrossWalk was selected for an award at the 2019 World Government Summit. Our commercial director, Haye Mensonides and our director of export, Rob Oldeheuvelt, went to Dubai to present our GreenFlow priority service for pedestrians.

What if empathy modifies the pace of a city?

A city is built out of hundreds of thousands of different inhabitants, all with their own desires and limitations. Is it possible to radically rethink urban design and allow citizens to take control over the city and improve safety? Yearly 1.35 million people die due to road traffic accidents, costing governments on average 3% of their gross domestic products, urging governments to think innovatively to tackle this critical issue.

In the Netherlands, the city of Tilburg is implementing this citizen-focused thinking to improve traffic safety in busy urban areas by piloting the CrossWalk solution from Dynniq. The app uses GPS based intelligent traffic light operating software and sensors to give extra crossing time to elderly or other immobile pedestrians. By making use of smart mobile technology, sparked with a fair touch of empathy, the municipality explores the opportunity of a city that adapts to the needs of its inhabitants. CrossWalk shows that empathy can overpower the idea of a singular urban design by having citizens determine the pace and hack their city routine.

Check out the interview with Rob Oldeheuvelt about our CrossWalk solution:

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