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Berlin to go, english edition 1/2015

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DISCUSSION SMART, SMARTER, BERLIN Berlin’s “smart” vision of the future – a city with green roofs, a decentralized energy supply, multimedia health management and electric transport The term “smart city” represents all the technological and organizational concepts that will make modern large cities suitable for the essential challenges of the future. As a response to climate and demographic change it aims at increasing the attractiveness of urban spaces and a better integration of industry and science. Innovations in IT and infrastructure will create a networked city that uses its resources in an optimal and sustainable manner, thereby reducing emissions and improving the lives of its citizens. Berlin is assuming the role of a pioneer in Europe. The accelerated Smart City Strategy is the guiding principle for the future of the city and part of the Berlin 2030 urban development concept, the goal of which is to make the city more economically sustainable and attractive, as well as to increase its profile internationally. Because by 2030 there will be 250.000 more people living in Berlin. That’s why solutions are being sought that can address growth with forward-looking, sustainable ideas. Innovative apps and e-mobility solutions are already demonstrating how a smart city might work. Smart cities will need intelligent urban infrastructure, and will apply digital technology, for instance, to help improve quality of life and reduce resource consumption. This in frastructure includes building automation in many public buildings, smart electricity grids and in particular transportation solutions. In Berlin, for example, Siemens, the operator of the transport information center, supplies drivers with the latest reports on traffic conditions, so they can find a quick, safe and environmentally friendly route to their destinations. The new sensor-controlled parking management system in the Bundesallee should radically reduce the number of cars looking for a parking space, which is responsible for up to 30 percent of total traffic volume. Stromnetz Berlin GmbH’s smart grid provides an energy system that guarantees sustainable mobility and makes maximum use of renewable energy from surrounding areas. Digitizing the power supply provides the Berlin power grid with greater interconnectivity, allowing it to respond more flexibly to supply and demand. The development of smarter, more sustainable cities is also the subject of Metropolitan Solutions, which is taking place every year in Berlin. Specialist forums, expert tours and workshops will address the challenges and designs for livable cities. Over the long term, this unique technological blending of science and industry will lead to the development of visibly perceptible structures that will make Berlin a modern and competitive location, as well as an attractive place for residents and visitors alike. at One day in a Smart City First thing in the morning, umetriq adjusts the heating setting based on the current weather forecast. Then you drive to work in your e-car, which is of course equipped with a route planner from VMZ. If you don’t have enough power, you can quickly refuel your e-car at a ubitricity e-charging point. For your daily to-do list, you can use the Wunderlist app. Thanks to aquaponics, you’ll have fresh fish and a tomato salad for lunch in an ECF container. And when you return home, the door will open by itself thanks to KIWI.KI. 10 BERLIN TO GO

INDUSTRY 4.0: A QUANTUM LEAP IN DEVELOPMENT The “Industrial Internet” is coming to Germany and hardly anyone knows about it – as one of the major players, GE is working intensely to make it market ready photos: GE Berlin to go spoke with the managing director of General Electric Global Research, Carlos Härtel, about the appeal of Berlin, the challenges of Industry 4.0, the lessons of past revolutions – and why we should view this new era with optimism. “Industry 4.0” has become a commonly used term, although its meaning often remains rather abstract. Can it be precisely defined? Carlos Härtel (CH): You‘ll get different answers depending on who you ask. “Industry 4.0” is just now beginning to emerge as a concept. Exactly which way things are heading might only become clear in the next two or three years, maybe even five. Content-wise, “Industry 4.0” is closely related to what we at GE call the “Industrial Internet”: the networking of people and machines with and among each other along the entire length of the industrial value chain. One of the goals is to thouroughly optimize the operation of industrial systems. This ranges from increased productivity to plans for predictive maintenance as well as greater flexibility in terms of application. Take for example wind farm turbines or the compressor on a gas pipeline. They are already continuously producing enormous amounts of measurement and operating data. But, owing to a lack of suitable analytical tools, only a small part of that data can be used. The Industrial Internet or “Industry 4.0” will make it possible to use these large data sets to obtain a comprehensive picture of current system status and operational performance at any time and from any location. This will allow for better management and monitoring than is currently possible. BERLIN TO GO 11

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