Smarter Cities & Mobility

Authors: Prof. FRANK H.P. FITZEK, Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks / Institute of Communication Technology TU Dresden; Dr. ERIC WEBER – Managing Director & Founder SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator Leipzig
 “Smart City” refers to a set of technologies that help create green, intelligent, inclusive, and lively urban ecosystems. Technologies like sensors, IoT, big data algorithms, or 5G will significantly affect many aspects of urban life, including energy supply, mobility, or civic participation. 

For example, 5G –  the fifth generation of mobile networks – is essential for every smart city. By offering highly reliable, fast, and real-time communication with extensive data rates, 5G will meet future demands for communication. Smart cities will also benefit from smart grids that stabilize energy networks, reduce transport losses, and enable the coordination of power generation and consumption.

Connected cars will become mobile energy stores that can be used for transportation, consumption, or as generators. These new opportunities not only create enormous economic potential, but also put a great deal of pressure on governments and policy makers, who must guide these processes.

German politicians realized this socio-economic potential and helped launch several initiatives to support and advance the innovation process, such as the Smart City Program and the Digital Hub Initiative, which resulted in the founding of the Smart Systems & Infrastructure Hub in Dresden/Leipzig or the Mobility Hub Munich.

Other traditional German industries, such as automotive, robotics, and sensor technology, can be integrated with smart city concepts, producing a promising ecosystem for smart city entrepreneurs worldwide. With innovative world-class companies, excellent research, and a supportive political environment, Germany is poised to host some of the most promising smart city projects in the future. / /

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