We have smart cellphones, smart televisions, smart cars, and even smart baby monitors, but most of us don’t live in a “smart city.” At least, not yet. As the Internet of Things grows into the Internet of Everything, it seems many processes that make a city tick—from first responders and law enforcement to hospitals, traffic and street lights, and beyond—would benefit from the actionable data M2M technology could help collect.
Hamburg is one of the highest-ranking cities in Europe in terms of economy and quality of life. Technical innovations, the networking of business and science, and the balance between economy and ecology will all continue to play an extremely important role in the future development of the city. Like in most major cities worldwide, the population in Hamburg is growing. This results in a high level of social responsibility for these cities. A smart city, i.e. one that is well connected and well designed, improves quality of life through intelligent, innovative infrastructures that help to make mobility more efficient, protect resources, and reduce negative environmental impact. As such, sensor and information technologies will continue to play an ever-greater role in the future.
Partners interested in pilot projects
As part of these efforts, the City of Hamburg and Cisco concluded a Smart City Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on April 30, 2014, at Hamburg City Hall. The MoU follows on from the Smart City Summit in December 2013, where representatives from public administration, research, academia, and development, as well as local and international industry, met to define the initial approach to creating a smart city. The MoU now envisages the creation of pilot projects focusing on the areas of transport, intelligent streetlight control, citizen services, the port, and the HafenCity urban development project. A whole host of technology partners have declared their interest in taking part in the first pilot projects, including AGT International, avodaq, InnoTec DATA, Philips, Streetline, T-Systems, and Worldsensing. Other partners can also get involved with projects that have already been defined.
Overview of Planned Pilot Projects
Thanks to intelligent network solutions provided by Cisco, these are just some of the smart port and smart city projects that are in the pipeline:
- Intelligent streetlight and traffic light control
- Optimized registration and management of traffic flows
- Virtual citizen kiosk—an intelligent citizen service with a video link
- Port of Hamburg as smartPORT