Apeldoorn has been transformed into the Netherlands’ first smart city by the World Economic Forum (WEF) without consulting residents. An unknown Austrian company, RadioLED, has built a 5G network in the city based on a secret agreement with the city administration. The municipality does not receive any income from the project, the responsibility lies with RadioLED. This company also manages the data from thousands of sensors that accompany the citizens of Apeldoorn everywhere.
Apeldoorn Smart City is just one of the many projects that the WEF is running in the Netherlands. The network organization from Switzerland is intertwined via many tentacles with Dutch politicians – from Queen Maxima to Sigrid Kaag and Mark Rutte – who are implementing great leader Klaus Schwab’s globalist agenda, the “Great Reset”. Schwab is striving for a global “4. industrial revolution”, which, among other things, should lead to a “digital identity” for every inhabitant of the planet and even to a fusion of humans and technology through the implantation of chips in the human body. However, criticism of the influence of the WEF is growing. The organization is undemocratic and the agenda being implemented by its ambassadors in the Netherlands is not the subject of parliamentary or public debate.
Schwab himself makes no secret of his influence. In a 2017 interview at Harvard, he openly states that the WEF is encroaching on governments. “At a reception hosted by Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, I found that half of his cabinet had taken part in my Young Global Leader program,” he said. The same applies to the government teams of Argentina and France. The WEF offers training for “political talent”, which has been followed by numerous leaders in the past, including Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Nicolas Sarkozy, Tony Blair and Bill Gates. “Schwab can call any world leader,” said WEF member Ben Verwaayen, officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau, in an interview.
citizens on the sidelines
In Apeldoorn, the Austrian technology company RadioLED was the first company in the Netherlands to put a public 5G network into operation. But what this company does with the data it collects about the citizens of Apeldoorn and what further agreements it has with the municipality is kept secret. Questions to the municipality yielded nothing.
Apeldoorn is the first municipality in the Netherlands to start the Smart City project at the end of 2021. A project in which the city – in collaboration with the technology company RadioLED – will be equipped with a super-fast and free public 5G network, with traffic lights that ensure that cyclists do not have to wait too long for a green light when it is raining, with traffic lights at an intersection that indicate whether another road user is approaching and with sensors that monitor the cleanliness of the air.
All of this should contribute to a liveable city and to addressing issues of sustainability, climate, housing and transport. The advocates say: “Clever, this makes life in the city more efficient, easier and more fun.” But what do we actually know about the RadioLED company? What does the Smart City project actually include and who benefits from it? How many antennas will there be and where will they be placed? Do citizens have a say? When will it be the turn of the rest of the Netherlands? And also: What about privacy and what are the health risks?
RadioLED is an Austrian technology company that develops, builds and operates wireless networks at home and abroad with its own patented technology. For the implementation of the Smart City project, the Municipality of Apeldoorn and RadioLED signed a secret agreement in 2021, granting RadioLED permission to attach 500 small transmitters (square white boxes) to lampposts. The costs so far amount to 1.7 million euros. The project was initiated by the World Economic Forum.
In the future, the number of white boxes in public outdoor areas is to be increased. The total cost of this project is estimated at 17.8 million euros and will be fully borne by RadioLED. The company doesn’t say how it intends to recoup this investment, but it’s clear that it’s about collecting and selling data. A lucrative business in which the citizens have to foot the bill. The municipality of Apeldoorn does not receive any income from the Smart City project, all profits go to RadioLED.
So, complete control of the Smart City project is in the hands of an unknown Austrian tech company.
However, the municipality of Apeldoorn’s website states that it is designing the Smart City project “together with residents, businesses, educational and knowledge institutions”. We always ask ourselves the question: Do we want what is possible? But then why did the community enter into a secret agreement with RadioLED? And why is the municipality of Apeldoorn responding to questions from citizens by announcing that they should contact RadioLED with questions about the content of the Smart City project? And are the residents really waiting for the smart city project?
The members of the Werkgroep Bezorgde Burgers certainly don’t do that. One of the initiatives of this working group is the petition “Stop Smart City Apeldoorn and the rollout of the boxes of RadioLED”, which asks the authorities of Apeldoorn to stop the Smart City implementation immediately until citizens are fully informed and have a say have received and until there is clarity about liability for damage in the area of privacy and/or health.
The secret contract that Apeldoorn signed with RadioLED is very reminiscent of the – then also secret – contract between the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the telecommunications companies, which stipulated that the municipalities would be left out and that the Dutch population would not object to the introduction of (future) wireless Communication networks can collect.
Although Apeldoorn is the first municipality in the Netherlands to implement the smart city project, this project is also on the agenda in the other municipalities. However, the political debate about the radiation and 5G dossier in the political The Hague was completely hushed up. However, the report “5G and Health” published by the Health Council in 2020 shows that the influence of 5G on health has not yet been researched in part, that the actual health risks are not known and that there is a link between 5G and damage to health for a number of people of diseases cannot be ruled out. This makes us guinea pigs indeed. This report was on the House of Commons agenda three times at the end of 2020, but the discussion was postponed each time. Since then, no politician has returned to it.
The first phase of 5G (auction 700, 1400 and 2100 MHz) is now a fact. The proceeds for the state: 1.23 billion euros. The second phase (auctioning of 3.5 GHz) is planned for the end of 2022. This will bring us nationwide coverage from an extensive network of 5G small cells (micro antennas). Our privacy literally ends up on the street and the door to the surveillance state is wide open.
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