The digital transformation is changing all areas of society, including government. In Germany, it will be mandatory for all departments and agencies of the federal government to keep their records in electronic form from 2020 on. The idea is to enable citizens to interact with government with ease and convenience via the Internet.
The Public Sector Parc display will return to hall 7 at this year’s CeBIT with a significantly enlarged exhibition program and a whole range of new features. The INFORA consulting group will be the new partner for the show’s two forums. The Parc’s expanded offering includes a new focus on digitalization of public infrastructure (Smart City) and various showcases where visitors can immerse themselves in the latest public sector IT innovations and developments. The display will be flanked by a conference at the Convention Center (CC).
The many visitor magnets at the Public Sector Parc include a group display by Germany’s federal, state and local government IT and e-government policy management body, the IT Planning Council. The federal government and various state governments will use the display to present their current projects. For example, Baden-Württemberg will profile a service account that enables the secure storage and administration of digital identities, Thuringia will present its HAMASYS departmental budget management and control system, and Brandenburg state will showcase Maerker, a smartphone app that citizens can use to report infrastructure outages and faults to the competent local government agencies. Rhineland-Palatinate state will use the IT Planning Council display to present its "rlp" service account for online citizen services, and Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts will profile its new course in public sector IT.
Another major highlight for decision makers in public sector administration will be the pavilion organized by DATABUND, an association that represents the interests of SME-scale providers of IT and software solutions to local government. As part of its contribution to the work done by Germany’s IT Planning Council, DATABUND has formulated seven propositions on e-government, which it will present on the first day of CeBIT (Monday 20 March, 1 p.m. at the Public Sector Parc Forum). This will be followed by a panel discussion for representatives from Germany’s Interior Ministry , local government associations and digital-industry associations themed "The Road to Better E-Government for Germany: Centralized or Decentralized" (DATABUND Lounge, Stand B62).
Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) will also have a presence in Hall 7 with a display spanning some 300 square meters (3,200 sq. ft.). This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the German government’s bold plans to build the world’s most advanced high-speed nationwide broadband network, thereby paving the way for a "Gigabit Society," and its new 5G strategy. Among much else, the display will focus on the enormous opportunities offered by open data. The Ministry will also be presenting its "Digital Motorway Test Bed" – an initiative to trial automated driving technologies on a specially digitalized section of motorway.
Meanwhile, at the Digital Government group pavilion, Bundesdruckerei GmbH , MACH AG and Materna GmbH are partnering to present their vision of a completely electronic public-sector procurement and invoicing process. Further steps, such as authentication, can be added to fully automate the process via a range of workflows. In addition, Materna and Bundesdruckerei will present a solution for generating qualified electronic signatures via smartphone.
n-komm has announced that it will be running a showcase on the ELO electronic file keeping system that lies at the heart of Germany's e-government legislation as the link between hardcopy and digital information. n-komm has also developed an extension for the ELO electronic file keeping system that provides document management and mail merge functionality.
Disy Informationssystem e will be at the Public Sector Parc with its Cadenza GIS and reporting platform for spatial analytics. Combining the benefits of classic data analysis with geo analysis, Cadenza can be used for a range of government applications, including planning traffic flows and monitoring demographic changes.
CycloMedi a offers a range of innovative technologies that municipal governments can use to implement smart city solutions. At CeBIT, the company will be presenting its 360˚ panoramic imaging system for city digitalization. The images contain accurate GIS, geometric and other data and can be used for a range of urban planning and assessment purposes.
Axians Infoma will be mounting a display dedicated to the digitalization of public sector administrative processes. The company offers an extensive range of software solutions for digitalizing and modernizing public sector administration. The many modules and functionalities available include invoicing workflow, electronic invoicing, electronic file keeping, e-payment management and various apps.
buergerservice.or g is a nonprofit organization that provides funding assistance to enable municipal and community organizations to set up terminals in high-traffic public buildings that citizens can use to familiarize themselves with the online identification functionalities of the new personal ID card that was introduced in Germany in 2010. The buergerservice.org stand at CeBIT will feature various "citizen terminals" and applications.
But what would Germany’s leading platform for public sector IT be without a quality program of discussions on key aspects of the digital transformation? On the opening day of CeBIT (20 March), the German Broadband Initiative – itself a joint project between Initiative D21, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the German ICT association BITKOM – will be staging the Broadband Summit. Themed "Success factor Gigabit-Networks – SME support through broadband deployment," the Summit will explore the case for modernized digital infrastructure in a series of lectures and panel discussions. (Municipalities Forum, starting at 2 p.m.)
At the same time (2 p.m., 20 March) the Public Sector Parc Forum will be hosting a discussion on the planned interconnection of Germany's state-level government online portals to create a single nationwide portal. The following officials will be taking part in the discussion: Klaus Vitt, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Federal Commissioner for Information Technology, Katrin Lange, Chair of the IT Planning Council and State Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior and for Local Government, Federal State of Brandenburg, and Hartmut Beuss, Commissioner for Information Technology, Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
As well as the above highlights, the two forums will be hosting a stimulating program of discussions on each day of CeBIT. On 20 March, the Public Sector Parc Forum will focus on "E-government national and international." On 21 March, a group of mobility visionaries will present a range of innovative scenarios from the transport and mobility sector, while on 22 March the discussion will revolve around supranational requirements for e-government. The themes for 23 March include "Open Data/Open Government" and working life in today’s increasingly digitalized government departments.
Meanwhile, at the Municipalities Forum , the program for Tuesday 21 March features the Lower Saxony Municipalities Day and an event themed "Rethinking Municipalities: Digital Administrative Processes ." The program for 22 March includes the Schleswig-Holstein Municipalities Day and various presentations on electronic file keeping, while the highlights on Thursday 23 March include the North Rhine-Westphalia Municipalities Day and discussions on a range of key questions concerned with digital work practices in municipal administration.