March 23, 2016
City Deal Urban and Digital Security Signed to Strengthen the Dutch National Security Cluster
On 23 March the ministries of Economic Affairs, Security & Justice and Education, Culture & Science have signed a City Deal, together with the cities of The Hague, Zoetermeer, Delft, Enschede, Eindhoven and Tilburg and the security clusters HSD, TS&S and DITSS. With this City Deal, these parties join forces to strengthen the Dutch national security cluster and create a more secure living- and working environment through innovation and economic growth for businesses in the security sector. The City Deal focusus on urban and digital security.
City Deals are innovative collaborations between cities and urban regions, with a focus on innovative solutions with international potential. The Dutch government wants to close City Deals in order to strengthen urban regions nationally and internationally. The importance of collaborations between government, businesses and social organisations is a central theme. Urban regions throughout the whole country are currently exploring City deals and forming alliances.
The City Deal Urban Security makes it possible to start eleven city labs in the partner cities. The goal is to create innovations in the area of urban and digital security. Examples are: event crowd control, safe living for self-reliant citizens and safer traffic. The fast developments in ICT have increased the importance of cyber security. Data environments increasingly depend on information technology. The urban regions and security clusters closely work together to increase digital security and protect critical infrastructures.
The Hague Security Delta is a European frontrunner in the field of digital security. The City Deal has already led to nationally and internationally unique collaborations in security, innovation and economic development.