In May 2015, the European Commission presented a strategy to create a Digital Single Market where people and businesses can make the most of what digitisation offers. This includes EU actions and funds to Internet of Things and Smart Cities. In Antwerp, City of Things the company IMEC - in collaboration with the city of Antwerp and the Flemish government - is building a smart city. The system uses internet to connect physical objects with each other and with people and this is known as the Internet of Things.
It will allow citizens, city officials, businesses and academic researchers to respond to urban challenges, such as measuring air quality or preventing floods and fires.