Digital Wallonia

Official partner of the Smart City Institute and powered by l’Agence du Numérique, Digital Wallonia is in line with the global digital strategy for Wallonia, carried out by the Walloon Government.

Both as a virtual and real-life platform, Digital Wallonia embodies the objective of the Walloon Government to enable Wallonia to excel in the domain of digitalization. The resulting Smart Region Vision aims to accompany the 262 Walloon municipalities in their smart initiatives and to support them in case of lack of resources (for example in the field of ‘Open data and big data). The main goals of the Walloon Smart Region Vision are to:

  • Mutualize the resources,
  • Ensure the coherence of the different initiatives via a virtual platform and a physical forum,
  • Create a beneficial regional climate for the development and deployment of smart city initiatives.

Walloon Region

The Walloon Region has launched the Marshall plan 4.0 in 2015.  This plan aims at reviving the Walloon economy by focussing on different components such as a digitalisation plan to sustain innovation and digital transition, the enrolment of innovative smart mobility projects and the development of digital territorial intelligence, all with the help of smart technologies.

In the scope of the Marshall plan 4.0, the Walloon Region has appointed the Smart City Institute as the academic partner and has entrusted the Smart City Institute with a series of missions that are in line with the mission of Digital Wallonia, namely to turn Wallonia into a “Smart Region”.

FEDER – Wall-e-Cities

Wal-e-Cities aims to build innovative citizen driven IoT solutions in mobility, energy efficiency, governance and wellness. All of these developments are based on new wireless communication channels using street furniture and public lighting. lights.

Wal-e-Cities is also market-oriented to facilitate the development of innovative ecosystems driving technological breakthroughs, addressing societal challenge, fostering start-ups, and giving Walloon companies a competitive advantage.

The Smart City Institute plays a transversal role in the Wal-e-cities project. Given the Institute’s experience in management and economy, it is responsible to investigate the economical and societal impacts on Wallonia on one hand and on the other hand, to identify a series of options aiming to optimize the development of « Smart City » in Wallonia in a «Smart Region» approach.


Mastercard (NYSE: MA),, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.

As a technology leader, Mastercard is committed to being a driving force in the private and public sector to make cities better and make better cities. Through data driven insights, advanced technologies and our global network we are making cities smarter, more sustainable and more inclusive. With Smart City, Mastercard is taking a leading role with partners to design, deliver and scale connected solutions that address the challenges cities face.

Mastercard is currently working with over 100 cities to help them provide residents, visitors and small businesses with better access to essential needs such as transportation, education, employment and financial services.


Multitel is a research center recognized by the Walloon Region.Multitel develops and integrates emerging technologies in the industrial sectors, in:

  • Applied photonics
  • Network Engineering
  • Signal & Embedded Systems
  • Computer Vision
  • Railway Certification
  • Smart Technologies

Thanks to its diversified expertise fields, Multitel helps companies in their technological innovation projects (Exploratory phase, Feasibility and Development) and stimulates innovation in Wallonia and worldwide. 

Groupe NRB

With a consolidated turnover of € 323 million and over 2,000 employees, the NRB Group ranks in the top three of the Belgian ICT industry.

NRB helps its customers to fully benefit from ICT assets in order to optimise and accelerate their processes, innovate and allow their business to grow and evolve with a view to keeping up with the new digital reality.

Within this context, NRB provides a complete range of ICT services based on four key areas: consultancy, software, infrastructure & cloud services, and managed staffing.

NRB ICT, security and business consultants assist clients in their (digital) transformation, accompanied by the appropriate policies (for GDPR, security and other standards) ensuring the integrity of their organisation, systems and data.

The software services include the development of mobile and web applications as well as customised solutions for distributed or mainframe environments. NRB also provides packages (ERP, BI, SCADA,…) from major software companies.

NRB’s infrastructure and managed operations services encompass housing and hosting of mainframe, AS400 and distributed systems. NRB makes use of its own data centres on two geo-resilient sites in Belgium ( Uptime Institute’s Tier 3+)

NRB delivers integrated hybrid cloud services, making optimum use of the customer’s on-premise infrastructure, the NRB private cloud and the public cloud.

Finally, NRB provides managed staffing services aimed at offering the best profiles at the best possible price taking into account the customer’s requirements.

NRB focuses on the public & social sector, utilities, the financial services and the industrial sector, while Trasys International, which is also part of the NRB Group, is aimed at European and international public and corporate organisations.

The NRB Group’s subsidiaries offer specialised sector-specific solutions: Xperthis to the health care sector. CEVI, Logins and Civadis to local authorities.



Proximus is a telecommunication & ICT company operating in Belgium and on the international markets, providing services to consumers, businesses and the public sector.We are the leading Belgian provider of telephony, Internet, television and network-based ICT services through our Proximus and Scarlet brands. Our advanced interconnected fixed and mobile networks offer access anywhere and anytime to digital services and data, as well as to a broad offering of multimedia content. We invest in future-proof networks and innovative solutions, creating the foundations for sustainable growth. We put the customer at the heart of everything we do.

Our aim is to provide the best customer experience.  The customer journey must be as simple as possible, with accessible and user-friendly solutions. We contribute to the economic, social and environmental development of the society in which we operate.


Schréder is the global identity of over 35 intensely local companies.

Founded in 1907, we have been at the forefront of innovation throughout our history. Sealsafe®, the µR® (micro-reflector) and the Shuffle are just a few of our inventions.

We work with our partners to create practical, sustainable and beautiful lighting solutions tailored to locations from Rome’s Coliseum to the Channel Tunnel.

The latest wave of urbanism means city centres are becoming more vital than ever: connectivity is crucial.

Our infrastructure and innovative products empower us to bring data to the streets in the same way our founder brought light.

Understanding the relationship of people to public space is at the heart of everything we do.

Schréder brings you expertise in LightabilityTM.


Strategy& is a global team of practical strategists committed to helping you seize essential advantage. We do that by working alongside you to solve your toughest problems and helping you capture your greatest opportunities. We bring 100 years of strategy consulting experience and the unrivaled industry and functional capabilities of the PwC network to the task.

We are part of the PwC network of firms in 158 countries with more than 236,000 people committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax, and advisory services.

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Total Gas & Power is currently the only energy company that can present a complete multi-energy offer to the self-employed, companies and public institutions  in Belgium. This offer consists in gas, green electricity, heating oil, pellets, solar panels, fuel, but also numerous solutions in electric mobility, renewable energies and energy efficiency.

By putting the needs and expectations of the customers in the center of their developments, Total Gas & Power can guarantee a competent customer service and a personal follow-up by experts who are close to economic and environmental realities.

As an integrated part of the Total group, Total Gas & Power fits fully into the energy transition. In the next 20 years, the demand for electricity will grow faster than the demand for energy in general. The 21st century will be electric.

Therefore, Total Gas & Power has the ambition to become a major player and leader in renewable energies.

Thanks to its subsidiary SunPower, acquired in 2011, Total is the world’s second largest operator of photovoltaic energy. The group also recently acquired Saft, one of the most important players in the field of electricity storage (high technology industrial batteries), and this is just the beginning!


In a world undergoing constant change, VINCI Energies focuses on connections, performance, energy efficiency and data to fast-track the rollout of new technologies and support two major changes: the digital transformation and the energy transition.

With their strong regional roots and agile organizational structure, VINCI Energies’ business units boost the reliability, safety and efficiency of energy, transport and communication infrastructure, factories and buildings.

Energy optimization is a priority of the Belgian municipalities. This theme is fully in line with VINCI Energies’ Smart Cities strategy.

VINCI Energies optimizes for example urban lighting to achieve, among other goals, energy economies.

The VINCI Energies business units also install lighting points, crossing lights, and equipment for remote management, such as for the new tramway at Brest, which help streamline and optimize traffic management. VINCI Energies contributes in other ways to improve the environmental quality of emblematic urban buildings by making use of LED bulbs .

Benoit Nihant

Benoît Nihant Chocolatier forms part of the elite cabal of chocolatiers that manufacture their chocolate using cocoa beans. 

Almost all chocolate-makers use chocolate as a raw material, which they subsequently remelt. This chocolate is generally produced by industrial companies.  

Benoît, however, has opted to master the entire process, right from the selection of the best batches of fine cocoa beans from planters-harvesters who share his passion for excellence. Once they have been transported to his warehouse, he torrifies these beans gently, grind them methodically, peel them patiently, crush them and then conch them with love…

He works in close collaboration with the plantations. The soil type, sunshine level and type of cocoa tree grown, plus of course the expertise of his planter partners, are all factors which influence the aromatic flavours of his exceptional chocolates. In order to preserve their unique character and pay homage to the planter’s work, he does not mix beans originating from different plantations.