Making cities smart
News from Sep. 13, 2013
In the context of the Fraunhofer-Smart-City-Tour on the 11th of September, Fraunhofer FOKUS presented to Cornelia Yzer, Senator for Economics, Technology and Research, and to Dr. Alexander Kurz, member of the board (Human-Resources) Fraunhofer-Society as well as members of the press research projects for smart cities of the future. Prof. Dr. Radu Popsecu-Zeletin head of Fraunhofer FOKUS, introduced the subject and underlined the key-role and the great potential of information and communication technologies in the development of smart cities. Subsequently three practical examples were shown:
Extreme weather sets into motion a cascading effect: the power supply fails, numerous accidents take place on the roads and public transport is disrupted. The emergency services deployed are confronted by an unclear situation due to the large-scale damage. The demonstration showed how an effective networking of safety-relevant systems in the control-rooms and control-centres leads to better and rapid decisions and thereby ensures more safety for the citizens.
In order to become fit again after an accident or after an illness, extensive rehabilitations and follow-up-programs are generally required. These could be very protracted. After initial therapeutic treatment in the hospital the patient must exercise on his/her own to ensure a sustainable therapeutic success. With the therapy environment “My Rehab” medical exercises can be carried out at home and can be evaluated by therapists at their workplace in the clinics.
The aim of the Vehicle-2-X-Communication is to ensure more safety and comfort in traffic. The demonstration represented on the basis of a stylized model, an urban street network and how vehicles can exchange information and integrate with one another and the traffic infrastructure as well as the citizens. With the help of this pre-production technology, drivers can drive with the »digital green wave« and avoid dangerous situations.
Senator Cornelia Yzer sums up: „Intelligent systems and networked cities make cities smart. We require information at the right time and at the right place so that not only do people react quickly but can act with foresight.”