FAST tracking e-government deployment through automated customer journey development

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Complicated rules, multiple contact points, numerous forms and applications and three administrative levels: processes as common as home renovations in Flanders require a lot of manual administrative work. To streamline customer journeys and simplify processes, municipalities and other public organizations would benefit from e-government applications. However, implementing these solutions is challenging, considering the lack of well-structured content and the need to integrate legacy systems. FAST aims to tackle the challenges to e-government adoption by creating an engine to automatically generate customer journeys from existing unstructured content – the ideal collection of digital interaction points between public services, organizations and citizens – for a range of public tasks.

Municipalities struggle to implement e-government

Citizens engaging with government processes encounter many different tools, UI’s, webforms and administrative levels. Customer journeys could be vastly simplified through electronic and automated administrative processes and services. Yet the most municipalities find these tools difficult to implement, causing them to score poorly on European benchmarks such as ‘government transparency’ and ‘service delivery’.

Putting e-government in the fast lane

FAST gathers experts in UX, UI, natural language processing and data linking to develop a rapid approach to e-government implementation in municipalities. Together, the consortium will optimize existing customer journeys though data linking and public data, and use them as models for new customer journeys. A flexible library of UI elements will allow for the generation of the customer journeys and usage monitoring. The project will be validated by a user group made up of different municipalities at various levels of e-government adoption.

Simpler, faster and reusable

Three main innovation goals have been set forth by the FAST consortium:

  1. To automatically simplify customer journeys by cutting input requests, reusing data sources, harmonizing terminology and avoiding redundant interactions;
  2. To make the generation of customer journeys of underdeveloped local authorities three times faster;
  3. To determine the potential of using the project’s results in other domains and sectors.

Fostering trust, reducing dependency on outside parties

The FAST solution will not only be used by consortium partners to grow their knowledge and enhance competitive advantages. Because many other EU countries rank lower in e-government than Belgium, the potential value of the solution is significant.

“Through data linking, natural language processing and UX and UI innovation, the FAST solution will accelerate the adoption of e-government in municipal contexts and simplify customer journeys for key administrative processes.”

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FAST tracking e-government deployment through automated customer journey development.

FAST is an imec.icon research project funded by imec and Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen.

It started on 01.05.2018 and ended 31.10.2020.

Project information


  • CrossLang
  • Endare
  • Ideabox
  • Informatie Vlaanderen
  • Internet Architects
  • Vlerick Business School Gent


  • imec - IDLab Data Science Lab - UGent


  • Project lead: Sander Goossens     
  • Research lead: Kris Demuynck 
  • Proposal Manager: Joachim Van den Bogaert 
  • Innovation manager: Eric Moons