Smart City Living Labs – Ruhr
In order to press ahead with sustainable urban development, science, the private economy, and public institutions and municipal bodies have to work more closely and more systematically with one another. The project team is carrying out research on the development and detailed conception of smart city use cases.
The development of a smart city offers great potential for comprehensive and sustainable urban development and with it the opportunity to effectively diminish the use of resources, while at the same time improving the quality of life of the people living there. The energy and mobility transformation prove that to actually get there, cooperation and collaboration are a must: in order to press ahead with sustainable urban development, science, the private economy, and public institutions and municipal bodies have to work more closely and more systematically with one another.
The project team is carrying out research on the development and detailed conception of smart city use cases. The objective of the interim study is to compile potentially replicable blueprints in the areas of smart city environment, smart mobility, and smart energy, using smart city living labs, prototypes and simulations.
In the preliminary study SCiLabs, a smart city research lab was initially established as a venue for collaboration for various smart city actors, which will be expanded. The tethered components from smart city living labs, such as networked sensors, hardware and vehicles will be developed further in the project and complemented with additional data sources. Additionally, the project team links to the establishment of a smart city IT platform operating as a client-server, which collects, analyses, and processes the data from the living labs. Further into the project, the data thus gathered will become the basis for the design of smart environment, smart mobility and smart energy use cases, which can be used later as input for business cases.
2021 – 2024
- Living lab research in the areas of smart environment, smart mobility and smart energy using networked data sources such as sensors, hardware, and vehicles.
- Development of a smart city IT platform to gather, analyse and process data, as well as for managing a smart city.
- Establishment of a collaboration venue in the form of a smart city research lab to develop use and business cases with multiple smart city actors from various sectors and disciplines.