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Public Sector Parc: The road to smart cities

Four conferences at CeBIT present intelligent concepts and technologies for the cities of tomorrow.

11 Jan. 2017
Public Sector Parc
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The Public Sector Parc at CeBIT 2017 is expanding its program to include a greater number of exciting events than ever before. For the first time, this leading trade show for the public sector will be accompanied by a series of satellite conferences at the Convention Center – bridging the CC and Hall 7. The Guided Tours, which begin after each satellite conference, lead directly to Hall 7. Both the satellite conferences and the tour are free for visitors with a ticket to the trade show.

"Smart urbanism", in other words concepts and technologies for safe, clean, and efficient cities, are the focus of the conferences. "It goes without saying that efficiency is a goal that everyone can get behind, but can it really be applied one-to-one to our major urban centers?” wonders ISOCARP General Secretary Didier Vancutsem. On March 22., ISOCARP, the international society of urban planers is organizing the convergence Beyond Smart Cities: Smart Urbanism in Room 17 of the CC. Speakers from the technology sector, research, and urban planing are scheduled along, with a series of panel talks.

"The event will be a plea for smart urbanism instead of an uncritical call for smart cities," explains Vancutsem. "Smart urbanism can be used to find solutions that modern urban planning forgot: The metabolism of the cities – the various shifting relationships between urban life and nature ask: What do we include? What do we get rid of? And how efficiently are we doing this?" says Vancutsem.

The conference will highlight the opportunities and challenges inherent in this transformation and promote "globally integrated urbanism". "The purpose is to enable cities around the world to learn more quickly and develop effective strategies together," says Didier Vancutse, "creating a 21st century that advances urban areas, and incorporates technology into social innovations."

At the conference Smart Options the society green with IT will be showing its colors for the first time at CeBIT (March 20, Room 12). "The conference will focus on disruptive solutions to include large sections of the population in actively creating designs for climate change," explains Jörg Lorenz, Chairman of this Berlin-based society. German real estate associations will be present as partners, especially the municipal and cooperative housing industry with around 3,500 organized companies. "The purpose of the conference is to present success stories at the Public Sector Parc that are also attractive to renters with a smaller budget," says Lorenz: "In particular, apps suitable for large numbers that can positively describe and feasibly explain ways to make changes in the use of the apartments such as how to save heating costs in the future, and how, why, and in what way this can be achieved are the foundation for useful apps in the everyday lives of renters."

"The highlighted solutions are market-ready at TRL 8 (technical readiness level) according to EU definitions. For visitors to Cebit some parts of the conference will be presented in English so that the German energy transition technologies demonstrated here can be understood and applied around the world," says Jörg Lorenz. Solutions are "candidates for roll-out at normal trade fair stands in the coming years."

"Smart Options" follows the so-called ALFA philosophy of the German housing economy. According to Lorenz this "doesn't mean using the threat of expensive insulation right away, but instead promoting the idea that brain-based engineering solutions in the low-cost sector is an economical basis for introducing energy-saving options in real estate assets." The Allianz für Anlageneffizienz (ALFA) initiated by BBU focuses on improving energy efficiency in cooperation with well-known authorities by using so-called "low investment" measures. "The lower the investment, the greater the reach even across larger swaths of the population," says Jörg Lorenz.

"Like startups, SMEs are developing excellent, data-based solutions for the major challenges of urbanization," says Hans Gäng of local global . His agency is organizing the conference B2City within the scope of the Public Sector Parc Conferences at CeBIT (March 20-21, CC, Room 13/14). "CeBIT 2017 provides a place to present these solutions to a global audience of municipal decision-makers, potential partners, and investors," says Gäng. How can newer and medium-sized companies continue to develop their innovations into sustainable business models with cities around the world? B2City is using this key question to target the exchange of knowledge and international cooperations between providers. In addition, the conference will provide information regarding extensive public support for company activity abroad.

"The nature of the task and problems addressed at the conference are topics in which startups, medium-sized companies with experience abroad, corporate divisions, and cluster managers can exchange their experience," says Gang. He believes it would be of use to economic sponsors interested in internationalizing local clusters in the smart city/urbanization sector, along with municipal decision-makers who are interested in innovations and innovative business models, for consulting companies, and potential sales partners of SMEs. Product presentations in English and a thematic guided tour of the trade fair are also a part of the event.

The new roadshow Intelligent City presented by the German Energy Agency (dena) is making a stop at CeBIT 2017 (March 22, CC, Room 13/14): The purpose is to reveal to communities the advantage of accelerating the modernization of their infrastructure. Street lighting is one example dena is using of adapting existing infrastructure to foreseeable technological changes and functions. "The roadshow wants to give new impulse to future-oriented communities, create an understanding of smart cities, and demonstrate the use digitalization, improve energy efficiency, and enable ecological behavior," sums up Dr. Karsten Lindloff, Project Head of Energy Systems and Energy Services at dena. This means bringing together technology partners (manufacturers, service providers), users (communities), and government facilitators.

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