DISCUSSION BERLIN PROJECTS FOR SMARTER CITIES Whether it’s storage solutions, traffic control systems, parking tools or houses planted with algae – Smart City solutions are more diverse than you may think First Sensor AG: no Smart Cities without sensors Sensors are the key technology for innovative applications such as the Internet of Things, smart homes and smart cars. Sensors and sensor systems from First Sensor AG are used in automated buildings, in monitoring the condition of buildings, in medical technology, driver assistance systems, passenger counting systems, traffic monitoring, as well as in baggage and body scanners at airports. Sensor systems are also a basic element in the development and use of smart technologies such as street lighting, public transport, water and park management, as well as waste disposal. Parku: the parking revolution In city centers, public parking spaces are a scarce and generally expensive commodity that cannot be reserved. Meanwhile, private parking spaces are left empty during working hours, while both underground and aboveground parking garages and customer parking for shops, businesses and hotels remain mostly unused outside of business hours and peak seasons. Parku’s parking-space-sharing concept uses an online marketplace to bring together parking spot owners with those needing a place to park. Using parku.de or the mobile app, users can rent or book parking spaces either up to 30 days in advance or on the spur of the moment. Elegant embellishments: smart facade finishing This Berlin-based company installs enhancements on facades, which otherwise are often left unutilized. It uses innovative, often invisible, technologies that provide ecological benefits to cities and can reduce the environmental impacts of city pollution. These design solutions are based on the functional requirements of the individual technology. The focus is on using materials more effectively to reduce environmental pollution, such as that caused by nitrogen oxides or atmospheric carbon dioxide. The quasi-crystalline Prosolve370e facade system by Elegant Embellishments, for instance, uses photocatalysis to reduce air pollutants. Lego: build your own Smart City Young Berlin residents and visitors to the Lego Discovery Center can experience and build their own very special kind of Smart City. In the new “City” play area, which opened on March 24, girls and boys can create a very special city out of Legos, placing huge skyscrapers alongside cozy single-family homes, shopping centers and playgrounds. The young urban developers can try out all kinds of different arrangements to see which one works best. photos: Parku, Elegant Embellishment, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Berlin 18 BERLIN TO GO
DISCUSSION KIWI.KI: open doors without a key The Berlin-based startup KIWI.KI develops and markets the KIWI keyless entry system for entrance doors to apartment buildings. KIWI doesn’t use buttons or keys – instead, all you need is a transponder and the KIWI app, which communicates with the door sensor. The latter unlocks automatically and reliably via the existing door buzzer. The KIWI app can be used to allow other people access or to open the front door with your smartphone. Box at work: smart storage & more Box at Work is an on-demand storage and moving boxes service whose smart storage solutions and sustainable logistics will make life in the city simpler and more convenient. The idea: storing things should require a minimum amount of effort and stored items should be available at any time at the click of a mouse. Box at Work provides free, durable storage boxes with personalized barcodes at the address of your choice, picks up the packed boxes and other items, and stores them in its own secure warehouse. In addition to its storage service, Box at Work also rents out stackable and lockable moving boxes so that, working together, we can reduce our carbon footprint. These boxes are completely recycled after 400 uses and the recycled material returned to the product cycle. Who will receive the “SMART BUDDY” Since 2011, the Mayor of Tempelhof-Schöneberg and the Company for Business Development have awarded the GREEN BUDDY AWARD to a total of twelve environmentally responsible companies in their borough. Now a new category has been added: the “GREEN BUDDY BERLIN – Smart Cities,” which will be awarded city-wide for the first time by IBB and Berlin Partner. This award will go to innovative and highly marketable projects that apply Smart City ideas on a multidisciplinary basis. Applications must include a detailed description of the project and a statement on the benefits provided by the particular Smart City solution. Arup: sustainable city buildings with biomass In collaboration with Colt International and SSC Strategic Science Consult, Arup is currently developing the world’s first bioreactor facade for a Smart Material House. The house lets sunlight shine through floor-to-ceiling glass panels and uses photosynthesis provided by algae biomass to convert CO 2 into storable, usable energy. Biological and technical cycles are interconnected to make better use of local resources and integrated into buildings and urban spaces. TomTom: Berlin Smart City solution for China photos: Ivonne Wierink – Fotolia.com, Arup, KIWI.KI Transport and mobility are becoming increasingly individualized and situation-dependent and need to be managed using Smart City applications. The TomTom system for broadcasting live traffic information offers an ideal solution. Together with its partner, AutoNavi, TomTom will soon begin working with Audi in China. TomTom Traffic provides accurate, up-to-the-minute traffic information for highways and major thoroughfares as well as the secondary road network in China. The real-time information from TomTom allows drivers to reach their destinations faster and reduces congestion on China’s roads.