This report summarizes the results of a study that was performed for the City of Rotterdam. The study, Dataport Rotterdam, assesses the feasibility of a project for establishing a center of excellence for virtual visualization on the Wilhelmina Pier in Rotterdam. It required an assessment of both the technical and commercial feasibility of the project. The project contains a technical part, which involves the provision of a real time data circuit connected to high capacity storage devices and computers. It further contains a real-estate part, which involves housing, office and recreational facilities under the same roof as the technical infrastructure. On the bases of the assessment it was concluded that the Wilhelmina Pier Location does not offer any quantifiable advantages over other locations. However, it also showed the technology for implementing the Dataport concept exists, and the market for visual sets is large and is expected to grow. On the basis of the assessment recommendations have been made to the City of Rotterdam how to further pursue this project.

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