FULL SPEED AHEAD: SMART CITIES IN GERMANY

Experts all over the world are envisaging how our future cities will look, sound and feel like. Germany already has excellent infrastructure and is on the fast track to a smart(er) future. As 74 per cent of Germans live in cities and towns, the relevance of strategic urban development through digital solutions is widely recognised. Supported by the government, local authorities are launching their own smart city projects jointly with the private sector, utility companies and universities. A range of administrative, political and social services is being delivered through Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Geographic Information System (GIS) platforms. These platforms are still evolving and being created. Here’s an overview of pilot projects in these smart cities in Germany.

“Cities are places where an intensive dialogue between science and citizens is possible. Impetus for sustainable living and business mainly comes from cities.”
Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research

SMART CITIES IN GERMANY

1. BERLIN
Pretty, and Pretty Smart!

Through the “BerlinStrategy | Urban Development Concept 2030”, the city has delineated its cutting-edge master plan. Its objective is to expand the international competitiveness of the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region, increase resource efficiency and climate neutrality by 2050, and to create a pilot market for innovative applications. The aim is to make Berlin an urban laboratory where services and products of the future are created. All stakeholders are working in tandem to make the city a best-practice example in the European smart city movement. The Smart City Berlin Network, consisting of more than 100 companies and numerous science and research institutes, is already running pilot projects. Digitalisation pervades all areas of urban life, enabling a wide range of smart solutions, such as intelligent vehicles, smart grids, smart homes, etc. New technologies like mHealth (a telemedicine platform), 5G networks and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) are being tested.

2. FREIHEIM
Energy Efficiency to the Fore

Under the EU-funded demo programme “Smart Together”, Munich will implement smart solutions in the newly constructed district of Freiheim. Energy-saving innovations will take centre stage, from electric buses and intelligent street lamps to apps providing real-time public transport information.

3. HAMBURG
The First Seatropolis in the Making

Hamburg and Cisco are taking urban planning to the next level. Building on the Internet of Everything (sharing of data between smart devices over a network), they aim to start pilot projects in the areas of smart traffic and street lighting, infrastructure sensing and virtual citizen services. One of the main focus areas is to develop the port into a smartPORT and to continue work on the HafenCity, Europe’s largest inner-city development project.

4. MODEL CITY MANHEIM
(MoMa) Project

Mannheim, the birthplace of the automobile, has every reason to toot its own horn: under the MoMa project, every household has been connected to a smart grid system. Referred to as the “Internet of Energy ”, this system allows consumers to adapt their energy needs to current generation from the wind and sun. They can monitor their energy consumption through boxes called “energy butlers”.

5. STUTTGART SERVICES PROJECT
Move Smartly!

Under this ambitious project, the citizens can make payments, access transport and other services (library, swimming pool, etc) using a single smart card. Intended to become a showcase, the project aims to make access to e-mobility services seamless.

SMART SOLUTIONS:
SMARTER, GREENER, MORE SUSTAINABLE

ON A ROLL WITH FAHRINFO PLUS

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On A Roll With Fahrinfo Plus

German company HaCon has developed HAFAS, a software that enables millions of people to stay up-to-date on public and private transportation. BVG, Berlin’s main transport operator, introduced Fahrinfo Plus, a mobile app based on HAFAS that provides timetable information and route planning.

Care to go for a ride?

Headquartered in Stuttgart, car2go is one of the largest car-sharing services in the world. Customers can simply download the app, and get, set, go! They can use their smartphones to check where the nearest unoccupied Smart Fortwo electric vehicle is located and drive off!