Cities account for a large share of global CO2 emissions. At the same time they can also be the driving force behind and the origin of sustainable solutions. Deutsche Telekom is dedicated to innovative solutions that help reshape cities into smart urban spaces. In addition to its many international activities, Deutsche Telekom is also supporting the transformation of smart cities in Germany.
„mySMARTLife“ in Hamburg
The City of Hamburg, together with Nantes and Helsinki, has been awarded funding for the EU Horizon 2020 flagship project mySMARTLife. The four "follower cities" Varna (Bulgaria), Bydgoszcz (Poland), Rijeka (Croatia) and Palencia (Spain) will accompany the project and use as many of the innovative solutions developed as possible.
Within this research program, numerous measures that are intended to initiate the transformation to a "smart city" will be implemented over a five-year period, which started in December 2016. Key topics of the flagship projects include increased use of renewable energy sources, zero-carbon-footprint living and environmentally-friendly mobility – which will be demonstrated through increased use of electric vehicles in the Hamburg-Bergedorf project region. These and other intelligent technical solutions, such as smart streetlights, will be combined on a modern, open urban platform. As a result, all existing and new data can be utilized more efficiently and provided to the public. All projects will include active involvement by local residents. The Hamburg project proposal was backed by a total of 14 partners, including Deutsche Telekom, Volkswagen, HafenCity University, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, electricity grid operator Stromnetz Hamburg, public transport operator Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein and the borough of Bergedorf. The project is being funded as part of the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.
T-Labs is providing the project management. Closely with T-Systems T-Labs is working actively to ensure that only renewable energy sources are used in the project region, where possible: Intelligent communications between the individual components (smart grid) will be developed for the envisaged combination of energy and heating grid.
A major element for a smart city involves connecting the existing technologies and available data better and, in some cases, consolidating it for the first time. This will be achieved through an "urban platform." To ensure interoperability between platforms from different providers, the European Innovation Program (EIP) Smart Sustainable Cities has developed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for an open, interoperable reference architecture, which was signed in the presence of European Commissioner Günther Oettinger. Deutsche Telekom is among the initial signatories to this MoU, whose requirements will now apply to mySMARTLife. T-Labs is an active participant in the EIP and is also supporting the "urban platform" element of the project.
At CeBIT 2017 T-Labs and partners are presenting the first results at CeBIT 2017 at the SmartCity Forum booth (A14) in hall 7.