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20 Berlin is becoming a smart city B erlin is smart. The city is a laboratory for everything that we work towards for urban life in the 21st century: efficient infrastructure, information networking, environmentally sustainable mobility, creativity, and a connection between higher productivity and a higher quality of life. It is all about the future of the city and its inhabitants. And not only about the future of Berlin, but also that of other large cities worldwide with all their various challenges. More than 100 companies, science and research facilities belong to the Smart City Network Berlin. Together they aim to take Berlin to the cutting edge of intelligently networked European cities. Aside from being of benefit to the city‘s citizens, climate protection, conservation of resources, and sustainability are of particular importance. The creation of organizational framework conditions as well as the interlinking of decision-making processes in the cities are prerequisites for the establishment of smart technologies. Minimize consumption. Checking electricity, water, gas, and heat consumption on a smartphone – the Berlin company Umetriq makes this possible. The firm‘s intelligent measuring systems are integrated into the consumer‘s own home. According to a study, consumption drops by 13 % due to this new transparency. Charge up. Berlin has the greatest density of electric vehicles in Germany. Over the next few years, around 1,300 new charging stations for electrical vehicles will be established. Allego is one of the companies commissioned to carry this out. Electricity from only renewable energy sources will also be offered. Drive autonomously. Self-drive vehicles, which navigate down to the last centimeter – this will only be possible in the future with high-quality map resources. The Berlin company HERE is, alongside Apple and Google, market leader in the digital maps sector. HERE was formed as a startup in 1999, and was then taken over by Nokia, and later by Audi, BMW, Smart innovations from Berlin 15 meters under Potsdamer Platz A message in passing The radio technology from Berlin company beaconInside works like a proximity sensor and speaks directly to smartphones. Companies and dealers can use it to send advertising messages to a phone via Bluetooth as soon as the potential customer enters the store. Well-known clients include SAP, Deutsche Bahn, Allianz, Fujitsu, McDonald’s, and the Fraunhofer Institut. Beneath Potsdamer Platz Arkaden shopping center, a supply center sits 15 meters below the surface. Around 180 trucks arrive at the ramps here every day and make deliveries to the stores on Potsdamer Platz. The service passages stretch out for more than five kilometers altogether. Even the garbage collection by the recycling company ALBA takes place hidden away underground. In this process, a total of 13 different types of garbage are separated so that only completely sorted waste leaves the supply center. Smart parking spot pilots The ParkTAG app helps drivers to find parking places in the city. Using a GPS signal, ParkTAG knows when a vehicle is parked. When the driver returns to his vehicle, the empty parking spot will be shown on the map. Other users of the app will then be directed to the available spot. This saves nerves, time, and gas. In 2015, the Berlin startup was awarded 1.4 million euros in grants from the EU.

Business metropolis – Solutions 21 and Daimler. The automobile companies have long since equipped their vehicles with maps from the Berlin firm. Use energy intelligently. With the Wind- NODE project, Berlin is at the heart of the energy transition, as are the other states in eastern Germany. As a pioneer for renewable energies, the WindNODE region already meets the development goals of the federal government for 2025, with 45 % renewable electricity in consumption. WindNODE aims to prove that the energy transition can be successful, both technologically and economically. To this end, generation and consumption must be synchronized flexibly and optimally through intelligent networks via an „Internet of Energy“. Aside from a high-performance ICT platform, important elements include flexible energy users such as cold stores, heat accumulators, electrical vehicles and smart home applications. „Whether startups or global players: many creative heads are working in Berlin‘s companies for solutions for the city of tomorrow. The digital transformation is in full swing and Berlin is the perfect place to make the leap from here into the next technological age.“ Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin Biogas from organic waste The Berlin municipal hygiene organization (Berliner Stadtreinigungsbetriebe BSR) follows the ideals of the circle economy. An example: Collected organic waste is taken to a fermentation plant and transformed into biogas. This fuels the BSR vehicles that go on to collect more waste. In this way, around 2.5 million liters of diesel are saved each year. Unused waste is passed on to garden and landscaping businesses, or is used in agriculture. Extra-large 3D printing With the Big Rep One, the Kreuzberg company has built one of the world‘s largest 3D printers available as standard. The square printer has an edge length of 1.59 meters and can print complete pieces of furniture and automobile parts. Designers and industrial businesses use it to print prototypes. Getting around the city the smart way The live map by the Berlin- Brandenburg transport association (VBB) displays in the browser the real-time movements of all public transport as well as the location of free taxi cabs and car-share vehicles from various providers and bikes. Delays are also displayed. Minutes are shown in numbers after the line number. Photos: | iStock | RFarrarons, Vincent Mosch, companies, SPD Berlin

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