At some point within the next three decades, about 68 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban surroundings. A sophisticated infrastructure will be required to satisfy adequately the needs of city populations. Urban infrastructure serves as the backbone of cities and the services they offer on the basis of this infrastructure.
As the development of information and communication technology (ICT) continues to advance, digital solutions will have an increasingly disruptive effect on cities and urban regions. Three trends can be observed even today: (1) an increase in telecommunications infrastructure and data generation; (2) the growth of data clusters from an increasing number of terminals connected through this telecommunications infrastructure; (3) interchange and analysis of these data.
At this digital level, municipal and public services can be improved and new types of services and business models can emerge. Detecon supports its clients during performance of the underlying change processes on the way to a “smart city”.
Smart City – a Sustainable Development Instrument
Detecon regards “smart cities” to be a sustainable development instrument. Urban regions can be made more efficient, livable, and environmentally friendly when they are smart. Detecon supports and accompanies its contacts along the path to heightened sustainability.
On behalf of its clients, Detecon analyzes actions and assigns priorities with the aim of conceptualizing and designing implementation scenarios for smart city initiatives and coordinating them with pertinent stakeholders. These activities are directed especially at digital infrastructures (platforms), digital services of general interest, digital society, and digital (administrative) services.
Moreover, Detecon illustrates how the various facets can develop over the course of digital transformation and in consideration of socioeconomic aspects. In their projects, Detecon's experts analyze the areas in which potential is created by digital transformation and what measures need to be initiated to drive their development into a smart city/region forward.
Detecon develops practical project ideas and structures of defined purpose that guide and steer digital transformation into a Smart City over the long term.
Detecon has set itself the goal of exploiting the potential of smart city initiatives in cooperation with digitalization managers at the federal and state levels, with local authorities, with key figures from business and academia, and with the country’s citizens. The intent is to create a long-term “smart” vision that will spark the pursuit of sustainable social goals. Detecon supports the emergence of a smart city strategy that focuses on future digital life models in urban areas. The strategy lays the foundation for the initiation of pilot projects.
Detecon’s approach in this area is to generate the enthusiasm of all relevant stakeholders for the topic of “smart city” and to present new technologies to them. Particularly noteworthy is the involvement of the general population as well as of existing network structures from business, public administration, academia, and society as a means of raising the probability of implementation and user acceptance.
Long-Term Trend Monitoring and Assessment
The aim of smart city initiatives is to enrich previously implemented and planned projects with new ideas, securing competition for digitalized services and business models. Detecon offers to its clients a synthesis of relevant, international best practices. The analysis of related case studies with the help of an evaluation model based on recognized principles lays the groundwork for the derivation of concrete recommendations for action facilitating the realization of smart city projects.
Moreover, legal framework conditions and other factors must be put into place so that digital products and sustainable business models can be developed. Detecon supports and accompanies the establishment of real laboratories and experimental rooms in which innovative ideas can be tested and implemented.