We make cities smart

In the year 2050, planet earth will look different than it does today: Nine billion people will be living here, of which 70 percent will be in cities. Urbanization, globalization, demographic and climate changes are putting ever higher demands on our cities. 

At the same time, however, greater opportunities to manage energy, material and human resources efficiently are also being created. It is the goal of the smart cities to seize these opportunities. An important basis for this process is the integration of information and communication systems into the various technical systems and infrastructures of a city. This enables the flexible control of supply and disposal networks, especially for electricity, water, and gas as well as goods, and makes novel solutions for mobility, administration and public safety in the city possible. Citizens, businesses, institutions and government are in constant contact and increase the quality of life and work of all parties through efficient and integrated information flows. 

The smart city becomes more of a service provider for its citizens and businesses and see that things keep running smoothly through seamless and transparent administration processes. An optimally networked city not only makes everyday life easier in all aspects of life but also provides environmentally sustainable solutions. Smart cities are informed, networked, mobile, safe and sustainable cities.

Development support for smart cities

Effective technical systems have to be integrated in the city of the future.

The technical systems of cities include the infrastructure and administrative systems of a city. Municipal task fields like mobility, supply and waste deposal and safety that were in the past most likely separate, are assessed for common interfaces and interactions and linked in a logical way to benefit the city. This leads to increased demands on the information and communication systems that run through the various technical systems of a city. Integrated infrastructure and administrative systems lift the city of the future to a new quality level. They allow for analyses, safeguarding and optimization beyond subject, organizational and technological boundaries, whereby the interoperability, effectiveness and the functional and IT safety of these solutions have to be designed and realized early on.

Therefore, Fraunhofer FOKUS is developing methods and tools for ascertaining the requirements of the ICT-based solutions, as well as their design, specifications, implementation and quality management. Particularly in the area of the model-based development of software-intensive systems and supportive tool chains for development and quality management processes, Fraunhofer FOKUS has become internationally renowned for its technologies such as ModelBus or Fokus!MBT.

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