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Presentation of the connection and visualisation of the sensors, exemplified by the city-wide weather stations in the living lab Herne

SCiLivLabs

Interim study on Smart City Living Labs - Ruhr

Starting Point

The development of a smart city offers great potential for comprehensive and sustainable urban development and with it the opportunity to effectively diminish the use of resources, while at the same time improving the quality of life of the people living there. The energy and mobility transformation proves that to actually get there, cooperation and collaboration are a must: in order to press ahead with sustainable urban development, science, the private economy, and public institutions and municipal bodies have to work more closely and more systematically with one another.

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The project team is carrying out research on the development and detailed conception of smart city use cases. The objective of the interim study is to compile potentially replicable blueprints in the areas of smart city environment, smart mobility, and smart energy, using smart city living labs, prototypes and simulations.

Presentation of the research levels of the project SCiLivLabs. Embedding of digital twins in the level-based approach of the R&D projects SCiLivLabs.
Presentation of the research levels of the project SCiLivLabs. Embedding of digital twins in the level-based approach of the R&D projects SCiLivLabs.

In the preliminary study SCiLabs, a smart city research lab was initially established as a venue for collaboration for various smart city actors. The tethered components from smart city living labs, such as networked sensors, hardware and vehicles installed in urban areas for testing purposes, will be developed further in the interim study and complemented with additional data sources. Additionally, the project team links to the establishment of a smart city IT platform operating as a client-server, which collects, analyses, and processes the data from the living labs. Further into the project, the data thus gathered will become the basis for the design of smart environment, smart mobility and smart energy use cases.

A fundamental object of the interim study is to expand a smart city research lab, which should serve as a venue for integrative, interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration, for example, by organising workshops. Within this context, the main research topics should be smart environment, smart mobility and smart energy use cases, which can later be used as input for business cases. Because of the multiplicity and heterogeneity of the involved actors, the research project pursues comprehensive and integrative investigative approaches.

Key Areas

  • Living lab research in the areas of smart environment, smart mobility and smart energy using networked data sources such as sensors, hardware, and vehicles.
  • Development of a smart city IT platform to gather, analyse and process data, as well as for managing a smart city.
  • Establishment of a collaboration venue in the form of a smart city research lab to develop use and business cases with multiple smart city actors from various sectors and disciplines.

Information on funding and further project participants

Funding code: 13FH0I83IA

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