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About Albert Seubers


Director Global Strategy IT in Cities and member of the Scientific Community

Albert H Seubers (1959) graduated at Agricultural University Wageningen in 1985. Ever since he worked in IT consultancy focused on governmental topics. He worked for Dutch Telecom implementing the first fiber networks in Netherlands, for CMG as director in the Public Sector Service group, for HP as Public Sector executive before he joined Atos. Since 2011 he is Director Global Strategy IT in Cities for Atos. The Atos MyCity program focusses on the virtuous circle of managing a city on all aspects as safety, citizen services, employment, education, social and health care, transport and traffic, sustainability and governance and economics. Engaging citizens and business communities to create and maintain a sustainable, safe and prosperous city is the key message in Atos MyCity. In his role he works with cities all over the world to help them define their strategy often referred to as a Smart City Strategy or find solutions to support their strategy. Albert is a strong believer in the fact that data is enabler for successfully creating the city of the future.




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Articles posted by Albert Seubers

Delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in smart cities

In 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) were adopted by all UN Member States as a universal call to action to deliver a series of global socio-economic and environmental ambitions by 2030. Integration and empowerment Balancing social, economic and environmental sustainability, many of the 17 UN SDGs go to the heart of cities’…

The ethical smart city

This article is part of Atos Digital Vision: Ethics opinion paper which explores how embedding ethical reflection into the design of digital technologies can lead to genuine benefits for customers and citizens by helping to address their legitimate concerns about their wider impact, today and into the future. In cities of the future, data is collected from multiple sources and organized to help people…

Spatial computing for smart cities

As virtual reality technologies advance, the field of spatial computing is evolving to create new ways for people to interact with and understand the physical world. So, what is spatial computing and how does it apply to smart cities? In essence, spatial computing combines virtual reality with augmented reality – that is, with text, sound or images that enhance the user’s understanding…

Privacy by design: securing a data-driven city

While each smart city evolves in its own way, what they all share is their critical ability to leverage data to enable people to make better-informed decisions. And with information and intelligence shared extensively between city authorities, third parties and citizens, all this must be done in a way that protects and maintains the privacy of citizens. Privacy…

Is there a killer- app that makes a city smart?

Being ‘smart’ requires cities to use technology to deliver services in a way that is flexible, efficient and data-driven. Inevitably, different cities have different priorities. For those who already have efficient and effective utility grids, the most important priorities could be safety, economic opportunity and environmental management. For other cities, ensuring ready access…

A new data economy: funding Scottish city services

Given today’s financial and operational pressures, cities are looking for new ways to drive change and fund local services – and data is a largely untapped resource. Across any city’s infrastructure – its roads, transport systems, sewers, communications networks and energy grids – more and more citizen services are provided using digital technologies. All around us, there are…

City Innovation: focus on outcomes!

Are IT departments leading innovation in cities? In my previous four blogs, I have been exploring outcome-based procurement, how this can reduce costs and improve citizen-centric services, and why data plays a major role in this. So, does this data-led approach mean that the city IT department should take a leading role in every procurement process? Perhaps it should – because all…

Data: today’s vital resource for cities

By procuring city services and infrastructure in a more holistic way, cities today have an opportunity to focus on the outcomes they want to achieve, rather than on individual departmental requests and requirements. So, how can city departments generate this kind of business model? Lead integrator role Firstly, embedded into the procurement strategy must be the requirement for ensuring effective integration.…

Delivering integrated smart city services

The ability to meet every urban challenge – smoother traffic systems, cleaner air, healthier living and more productive civil resources – is now directly influenced by digital transformation. This kind of transformation is not just about making our cities better places to live and work, it is also an economic imperative. In my last two blogs, I have been exploring a new…

How smart procurement improves outcomes and reduces costs

In my previous blog, I looked at how cities can take a broader, cross-departmental approach to achieve specific outcomes in a collaborative way. This starts with changing procurement processes to focus more on what needs to be achieved rather than on individual departments’ requests for proposals. New business models With a cross-departmental vision, the necessary approvals and possibly…

An outcome-led approach to financing city services

Cities today are searching for smart ways to harness technology to solve their most important challenges. Lowering costs and improving public services while at the same time attracting more inward investment cannot be achieved by departments working in isolation. Increasingly, there are opportunities for cities to re-think how they procure and manage different parts of their infrastructure using…

Using data to deliver more targeted health and social care

With demand for health and social care in cities rising, taking a data-driven approach can help to reduce pressure on services while targeting precious resources more effectively. Increasing demand for health and social care is the result of both an ageing population and high-density populations and infrastructures meaning that stress levels are on the rise,…

Increasing mobility in cities with a data-driven approach

With mobility in cities under strain, citizens can play a major role in addressing problems if they can access the right data. The pressure on mobility in cities is growing. A combination of factors is contributing to this, including population growth and evolving retail strategies. Pressures on traffic These days, it is simply not cost-effective for…

Using data to keep our cities clean

Creating and maintaining clean spaces requires a partnership between city services and citizens. Sharing data within communities can make this partnership more effective.. The cleanliness of our streets is central to our experience of day-to-day life in cities – and an important factor in attracting visitors and maintaining a positive image. So, what makes a city clean? Informed choices…

A data-driven approach to public safety

In cities, data is an enabler to create early warning indicators that help keep citizens safe and secure. Today’s cities face the competing demands of squeezed budgets and the need to keep citizens safe in the context of growing and changing social pressures and security threats. At the same time, the digital transformation of city services combined with the…

Funding city services through the new Economy of Data

In the age of political devolution, cities will be empowered to find new ways to fund local services – and data is a largely untapped resource. In today’s hyper-connected world, city services are on a journey of transformation. As more and more public services are delivered online, there is an ever-increasing flow of data across multiple…

The city and the connected citizen

While many reports and discussions explore the concept of the connected citizen by focusing on a specific aspect of day-to-day life, few focus on what being connected means for the citizen as an individual. Connecting communities Being able to go online to access eGovernment services such as paying tax, applying for permits and so on is a form of connected citizenship.…

The city and connected mobility

Over the past decade, cities have been developed to accommodate more cars on the streets and more parking capacity. Today’s challenges are around how to improve air quality to provide a healthier atmosphere for residents, for example by inviting citizens to use a bike, walk, take public transport or share cars. Communicating with motorists Reducing the numbers of cars heading for a…

The city and the connected building

By 2050, 66% of the world’s population will live in cities[1]. Such fast-growing urbanization creates more and more mega cities (with populations over 10 million), with Tokyo still the largest (with nearly 38 million people). In this context, the question of how to efficiently manage buildings and real estate to address energy, safety, sustainability concerns becomes a key priority. To help…

Safeguarding citizen services: a new vision of cybersecurity

One night in April this year, more than 150 emergency sirens blared for hours across the entire city of Dallas. But there were no tornadoes on the horizon. Texas was not being invaded by aliens or coming under attack from zombies. Instead, unidentified hackers had found their way into the Dallas IT system and decided to set off…

Data as the new currency

A French fast food restaurant company is implementing a connected customer-centric digital strategy that integrates its physical and digital sales channels. Customers can order in advance using their smartphones and have their food ready to collect on their arrival. This creates a unified, personalized and attractive experience for customers – and gives the company new insight, control and long-term business benefit in…

Fast-forward to Smart living in 2020: One day in Digital Birmingham

What will life actually look like for citizens and businesses in 2020? Once more I am delighted to introduce Raj Mack, Head of Digital Birmingham, who joins us today as a guest blogger to share his vision on the subject in relation to the city of Birmingham. — Albert Seubers, global strategy…

Securing the cities of the future

Security and privacy risks associated with personal data have dominated much of the public debate around the digital revolution. But, when it comes to physical security, Big Data is likely to play an ever-greater role in keeping our communities safe. This seemingly paradoxical prediction lies at the heart of a new Atos project, developed in partnership with the City of Eindhoven…

Digital Birmingham - connected, smart and people-centric city

Smarter cities of all sizes are capitalizing on new technologies and insights to transform their systems and operations to offer a better service for citizens. I am delighted to introduce Raj Mack, Head of Digital Birmingham, who joins us today as a guest blogger to share his vision on the subject in relation to the…

Citizen, Consumer, Customer

Making the citizen and the city into a business case will enable us to test ideas and make key areas of life simpler and more efficient In our discussions around cities, we talk a great deal about enabling business and investment. But we avoid talking about the city AS a business. This is deliberate; treating citizens as consumers is unsustainable; we must be ‘participants’ not…

22nd century citizens – changing cities around them

How cities can enable today’s connected citizens and remain both competitive and relevant As technology gets ever closer to the person, citizens are becoming more inherently ‘networked’. This single force is dramatically changing the way we behave, communicate, work, play and interact with objects around us; it is shaping how we behave within the urban infrastructure and how…

The Resilient City

Predicting, responding to and recovering from major change is essential to urban survival. As the world becomes beset by more complex political, economic, climatic and other events, cities must be resilient in the face of dramatic and sometimes devastating change. Events that affect cities are distinctly different from others, because of the scale, density and complexity involved and the increasing reliance being placed on the…

Eventful and Secure

Ensuring safety and security at major events may be the key to growth There are two choices facing every city in the world - to become part of the global network or not. The latter route tends towards stagnation. The former is the path to growth and competitiveness. And many cities find that hosting major events attracts attention, commerce, investment and infrastructure – and allows…

Reinventing the Wheel

We need to rethink urban transport if cities are going to thrive As cities become more vital than ever and pressured by a huge variety of forces,  traditional transport approaches are breaking down owing to major challenges to infrastructure, maintenance, resource usage, etc. But perhaps we should look not at transport networks themselves but at the real needs people and urban governments have for better…

My City: what’s good for me is good for you

The caring city is competitive The Caring Cities forum in July looked at many issues that are pressing not just within Africa but to cities (and other communities) everywhere through the idea of ‘urban Ubuntu’ – sharing and social responsiveness as a key to growth. As urban thinkers, we can learn powerful lessons…

Sustainability: it’s the only way to make the cities we all want

Today’s growing cities face an apparent contradiction: how can they be the best places to live, and also be economically competitive? I think a key answer is to ensure that innovative thinking and repeatable practice around sustainability are woven into every step. Not only is it increasingly possible for today’s cities to…