There is currently no generally accepted definition of a smart city. The central concern in a smart city is to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and resilience of the overall system. This is necessary because more and more people will move into urban areas in the coming decades. Already, more than 50 percent of the world's people live and work in cities. Against this background, cities play an important role in challenges such as climate change as well as demographic change. It is a matter of providing the right resources at the right time within the city. Energy and water supply, mobility and communication technologies are becoming increasingly interconnected in order to meet people's needs precisely. The focus of the smart city is on people and the environment.
In Aachen, there are more and more pilot projects that are already making the "Smart City" a reality. Sensors that monitor water quality in the Westpark pond; a mobility dashboard that guides you past traffic jams to the next available parking space; or the life-saving use of unmanned aerial vehicles during rescue operations: These are all examples of smart city applications from Aachen.
In late summer 2021, the Thinktank Smart City set out with the smart.aachen initiative to make the many existing solutions for the Smart City Aachen digitally visible: for citizens, innovators from science and industry, and interested parties from other municipalities and regions. Through the smart.aachen platform, we also facilitate exchange and networking for new solution ideas that generate tangible added value for people and the environment through the use of digital technologies. We see ourselves as a driving force in the field of smart city and offer different groups of people the services that are right for them
The Smart City think tank as the initiator of the smart.aachen platform has formed itself under the umbrella of the digitalHUB Aachen as an alliance of municipal and private companies, the city of Aachen and startups and implements new technologies in practice with the involvement of the local population. Through the smart.aachen platform, we make Aachen smart city projects visible and enable exchange and networking for new solution ideas as well as funding opportunities.
The think tank is driven by the vision of supporting the city of Aachen on its way to becoming one of 100 climate-neutral and smart cities in the EU by 2030 in order to keep our city and region livable for future generations. In particular, new digital business models that support this vision will be promoted.
In order to achieve the vision of climate neutrality, the ThinkTank Smart City Aachen has made it its mission to organize measures in cooperation with public institutions that contribute to: reducing CO2 emissions / showing companies ways to operate economically in a climate-neutral environment / transparently communicating already completed and ongoing projects. To involve all stakeholders, such as institutions, companies and citizens of the Aachen region in the development.
1. initialization of projects for CO2 reduction
2. promotion and participation of Aachen companies
3. monitoring and communication
4. involvement of citizens
You want to join the Thinktank Smart City and support Aachen on the way to achieving a climate-neutral and smart city by 2030? Then join the working group on the DIP - Digital Innovations Platform.
Roman von der LoheProject Manager EDIH Rhineland digitalHUB Aachen e.V. Tel: +49 241 894 385 18 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernd SimonsDigital Change Management, Stadt Aachen Tel: +49 241 432 7671 email@example.com
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