A new interactive Smart City Atlas that seeks to map and profile Germany’s leading digital cities has been launched by the German digital association Bitkom in conjunction with the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) and other partners.
The map, which analyses 50 cities in Germany that have developed an integrated digital strategy, features all four of the country’s Digital Cities Challenge participants in Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Heidelberg and Nuremburg.
"Digital cities are redefining urbanity," said Bitkom President Achim Berg. "We measured the German smart city landscape and structured it according to thematic priorities. With the Smart City Atlas, we are presenting for the first time a comprehensive qualitative analysis of the digitization of German cities.”
The 50 cities studied are each in different phases. 19 have already adopted a Digital Agenda and 29 are in the process of developing one. The most important topics are the digitization of administration (98%), mobility (92%) and energy and the environment (86%). Flagship projects that name the cities themselves are mainly realised in the areas of administration (74%), mobility (60%) and data platform (36%).
The Smart City Atlas contains detailed portraits of all 50 cities, including summaries of the respective organisational structures in the town halls and lists of local lighthouse projects. The cities are spread over the entire federal territory of Germany, covering all 13 states and the three city states.
The most represented states are North Rhine-Westphalia with 15, including Gelsenkirchen, and Baden-Württemberg with eight municipalities, including Heidelberg. Both federal states promote digitization of cities and regions with specific state programs.
According to the cities, the biggest challenges on the way to becoming a Smart City are the digital participation, the qualification of the administrative staff and the handling of questions about data protection, data security and IT security.
The interactive Smart City Atlas is available in German at digitalestadt.org/smart-city-atlas.