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We are a community driving the Smart City movement. Our members come from cities and companies striving towards creating smarter cities. We use this platform to share our experiences and ideas while helping each other develop new ones. Our platform is a spin-off from the Fraunhofer Society. We work with researches and experts in the Smart City field to bring together neutral and quality information to support implementation of Smart City Solutions.
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Request for Proposals
Open call: smart lighting & sensor-based city solutions
The City of Munich is launching the second innovation competition as part of the EU project "Smarter Together" to equip the intelligent light poles in the Neuaubing / Westkreuz project area with sensors / actuators.
Start-ups, researchers and companies in the fields of sensors and actuators can now apply to the "Open Call" of the City of Munich.
Deadline for applications is August 10, 2018
We are looking for sensor-based solutions for the topics:
- Traffic data acquisition,
- Parking management and security
Background info: Smarter Together
The innovation competition is part of the EU project Smarter Together Munich. The main goal of the project is to use the latest technology and data to find answers to the future questions of urban development. This should increase the quality of life and sustainability in Europe's cities in the long term. The central areas of the project are IT technologies, mobility, energy and citizen participation. The EU Commission has selected Munich together with Lyon and Vienna in 2015 to develop and test such smart city solutions by 2021. The Munich project area for this is Neuaubing-Westkreuz/Freiham.
Request for Proposals
We are looking for coorporation with municipalities to scale up our smart city data platform. This platform should be free of charge, independend and transparant.
Soft power comes first
The technological focus of many smart city projects relies on top-down innovations, ignoring the role that citizens can play in improving their local communities. While top-down innovation is important, it often fails to take into account citizen needs and so may not serve their best interests. In many people-centered product presentation citizens perceived as passive consumers of city services and as generators of data. There is remarkable reflection of communications specialist who worked on transport development project: «there is One small issue. We had to tell residents about our plans and their future agreement to all steps was an essential part of it». This is a common story when city governments are aimed to hardware improvement while people simple do not understand what and how to use it. In recent research Gartner advisory firm suggests local government to engage with citizens to find out their needs before investing millions into smart city programs.
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