What would a sustainable city of the future look like? Naturally, addressing this challenging question is vital for both urban planners and city administrators. It is for this reason that the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft has initiated a multidisciplinary process to attempt to identify and forecast an ideal, integral, and scientifically valid, future scenario as a general guide for research approaches for the “Morgenstadt” (the ”City of Tomorrow”). Fraunhofer FOKUS is researching key information and communication technologies to ensure citizens no longer access outdated information and ensure that untimely or irrelevant information is but a thing of the past. Citizens, institutions, and companies (including adaptive sensor networks, information networks, and mobile communication) are all involved in the information and communication infrastructure acquisition process, i.e., they are all increasingly interconnected. However, this requires a paradigm change: dynamic, real-time data-based usage is replacing a purely static usage. As a result of varying data management and data analysis tools, stakeholders will be included in the data and information supply and preparation process rather than just solely relegated to data consumption and observation. Because of the open access to complex data and with the aid of data analysis methods, new non-trivial knowledge can be unlocked. Consequently, the authority for data evaluation of public sector data is transferred to a participatory public platform.

Partners: Fraunhofer IBP, Fraunhofer ISE, Fraunhofer IFF, Fraunhofer EMI, Fraunhofer IPA, Fraunhofer AISEC, Fraunhofer UMSICHT, Fraunhofer IOSB, Fraunhofer IML, Fraunhofer CSE. Innovation Network „City Insights“: Bosch, Daimler, DreSo, EnBW, Fichtner, OFB Projektentwicklung, SBA Projektentwicklung, Siemens, Deutsche Telekom, TÜV SÜD, Volkswagen and the cities of Norderstedt, Lörrach and Freiburg


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ina Schieferdecker