Today’s cities face tremendous challenges – from rising populations and shrinking budgets to the need to economize on the use of resources. Smart city solutions introduce information and communication technology into public services such as mobility management in order to tackle these challenges. They establish sustainable structures and offer new modes of participation for citizens, authorities, local companies, and other stakeholders. They also pave the way for making cities more attractive for their citizens and visitors in order to strengthen their economic position, create jobs and ensure prosperity.
Deutsche Telekom therefore sees a smart city as an ecosystem enabled by a more efficient administration of public services through ICT-based solutions, ultimately increasing the quality of life for its citizens, attracting visitors and supporting the economic development.
Nonetheless every city is different. Against the background of their respective history and starting points they position themselves as a business location or as a cultural metropolis, for example. Smart city solutions must take into account each city’s different motivations, requirements, limitations, challenges and objectives very often generated and required by the dominant political and economic groups. They must support the performance indicators of the city’s strategy. Being “smart” means something different for each city.
Deutsche Telekom is very active in the smart city arena, working on a multitude of initiatives all around Europe together with our partners and city administrations. We have partnered with cities across Europe, including Bonn, Budapest, Bucharest, Dubrovnik, Gijon, Hamburg, and the list is growing rapidly. Our focus here is predominantly on solutions for parking and mobility management, as well as intelligent street lighting. However, we are also pushing ahead with other smart city applications including public safety, with video surveillance as one of the key areas, as well as water and waste management.