The Dutch
Security Cluster
The Dutch
Security Cluster

Smart Secure Resilient Cities

Initiative by:
HSD Office, TNO, G5 of the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Eindhoven), (National) Police, DITSS, VNG
In progress

Cities serve a variety of purposes for citizens such as recreation, work, or for protection. For a city to reach its full potential, it must use all of its resources in an intelligent and coordinated manner. Smart Secure Resilient Cities do this by using innovative methods and techniques. Although technology is a central component of Smart Cities, it is more an enabler rather than the ultimate goal. Cities become truly ‘smart’ when they combine infrastructure, data and services across city domains such as mobility, economy, and urban security. This asks for an integrative approach realised by collaboration between businesses, knowledge institutions, and public organisations.


Two Aspects of Security within Smart Cities

At the intersection of security and smart city, the application of Smart City innovations for urban security, and the security of technology, diverge. Smart City innovations such as predictive policing, gunshot detection, disaster early-warning systems, and crowd management tools have a proven, positive effect on urban security. Smart City innovations are regularly first tested in controlled environments, called ‘living labs’, before they are rolled out or replicated in other environments in the city.


In order to function, Smart City innovations are built on (digital) infrastructure consisting of (IoT) devices, sensors, networks and ICT systems, all generating large amounts of data. But this type of infrastructure is vulnerable and prone to (cyber) threats such as flooding, power outage or hacking into the infrastructure. The resulting risk is that the data becomes affected, leading to concerns about the integrity, confidentiality and accessibility of the data.


(Cyber) resilience

In addition, it is also important to build and develop cities which are, besides cybersecure, also resilient and possess the capacity for absorbing stresses and shocks: such as terrorist threats, immediate failures of critical infrastructure, subversive crime (the intertwining of crime with legitimate society) or high levels of unemployment. These stresses and shocks can disrupt the social and political fabric of a city.


But cities face, more often than not, a combination of challenges across city domains. Smart Secure Resilient Cities implements policies and projects to address more than one challenge leading to lower costs, better public services, a higher level of urban security and an overall improved resilience.


Role HSD Office

As independent organisation, HSD Office stimulates and facilitates initiatives contributing to smart secure resilient cities. An overview of the activities of HSD Office in collaboration with partners across our network and the results:







Integral Area Security


In the International Zone of The Hague, a programme was initiated to improve the security of the area by following an integrated and holistic approach to security measures. This area is also used for conducting experiments with innovative technology.


City Deal Stedelijke Veiligheid


This City Deal aims to realise more public-private cooperation to help solve complex urban security issues. Part of the goals of this City Deal is the establishment of several living labs throughout the Netherlands.


Smart City Expo World Congress


A Dutch delegation of companies, knowledge institutes and governments, including several HSD partners, visited the Smart City Expo World Congress as part of a Smart City mission. During tracks of Safety & Security and Resilience, smart solutions were showcased by the partners.


Smart Society Declaration


This declaration was co-signed by HSD Office and it aims to accelerate innovation, develop standards and scale up smart city initiatives in NL.


Report & HSD Cafe


During the HSD Café ‘Smart Secure Cities’ HSD Office released the signalling report Smart Cities en Stedelijke Veiligheid. This report addresses the application of smart city innovations on current and future urban security problems and identifies several pre-conditions for a successful approach to developing smart cities.



Currently, HSD Office, DITSS, the City of The Hague, other G5 partners and the police are working out a programme concerning Smart Cities for safety and security.




Results by HSD partners

Smart, Safe and Resilient Mainports

In 2015, the programme Smart, Safe and Resilient Mainports was initiated in the region of Zuid-Holland. The programme produced a realisation lab which offers a physical space for conducting experiments with sensor platforms and big data linkages to make mainports safer, clearer and more efficient.


Project Event Security

Assisted by partners from HSD, Future Events tested their platform ‘EventCloud’ during the festivals the Life I Live and the Leidens Ontzet. This platform’s goal is to lower security costs and increase security at events by using open and close event data and security features.


‘Smart City- a Step Towards Smart Governance’

This book indicates smart security as a pre-condition for smart cities, noting that Smart City security is not limited to cyber security but also entails the smart organisation of (urban) security.


NL Smart City Strategy

HSD Office contributed to the NL Smart City Strategy. It highlights the importance of cooperation between the businesses, governments, universities and research institutes within the smart city, and encourages smart city-decision makers to aim for scaling of smart city initiatives.