Smart City Atlas: 50 cities set off for the road

March 27, 2019 - Moving into the future! According to a study by the digital association Bitkom, 50 cities in Germany are now driving forward smart city initiatives. The most frequent projects deal with the topics of mobility and administration. But not every city has already developed a full-scale digitization strategy.

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More and more German municipalities are making their way into the digital world, this is the result of a cooperative study by the digital association Bitkom and the Frauenhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) as well as 13 other partners.

To be included in the Smart-City-Atlas, municipalities must already have initiated an integrated digital strategy and established an independent organizational unit and partner network.

"Urbanity is being redefined in digital cities," says Bitkom President Achim Berg. The 50 cities surveyed are each in different phases. 19 have already adopted a digital agenda and 29 are in the process of developing one.

Smart City: The most important topics

The most important topics are the digitization of administration (98 percent), mobility (92 percent) and energy and environment (86 percent). The lighthouse projects named by the cities themselves are primarily implemented in the areas of administration (74 percent), mobility (60 percent) and data platforms (36 percent).

Bitkom deduces the following points as general recommendations for action:

  • Making support at the highest management level and digitization a top priority
  • Design of a strategy process that is as lean as possible
  • Creation of a central institution that coordinates, initiates and communicates
  • Involvement of all relevant local actors as well as employees and citizens
  • Supraregional exchange of experience
  • Start digitization on a small scale, implement individual measures quickly and agilely

Our Urban Mobility Team helps you

Our Urban Mobility Team is working on further mobility cooperations with cities and municipalities in order to promote the topic of mobility in the context of a Smart City in particular and is at their side as a competent contact partner. Together with our customers, we develop a suitable mobility concept to lead metropolises, medium-sized cities and entire regions into the future of mobility.

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