City Centre Optimisation



Cities have plenty of public objects that offer a service to citizens. These objects are united under the term ‘street furniture’, such as benches, litter bins, road signage or bike parking facilities. The focus of the challenge is on benches, but other objects may be included in the solution development if required.. To increase the service level of these objects Delft wants to gain insight into how these benches are being used. This analysis allows the city to determine whether respective objects are installed at the correct places, and have them relocated if desirable.

Expected Outcomes

    • Measurement or prediction of usage of benches (time, duration, etc)
    • Ability to  evaluate the extent to which an existing bench is being used
    • Crowdsourcing/citizen engagement tool producing earnings from users

Expected Impacts

  • Insights into locations that have a demand for benches but do not currently offer them
  • Ability for the maintenance department to relocate underused and offer a better service, without necessarily adding extra objects to the public space
  • Optimization of maintenance costs


  • Tree locations
  • Green locations
  • Bodies of water
  • Street furniture
  • National walking routes
  • Regional biking network
  • Monuments
  • Liveability neighbourhoods
  • Noise

Not yet opened

  • Drinking water fountain locations
  • Outdoor fitness equipment locations
  • Playground locations
  • Public sport grounds locations
  • Priority cycle lanes