Hamburg to Become a ‘Smart City’


We have smart cellphones, smart televisions, smart cars, and even smart baby monitors, but most of us don’t live in a “smart city.” At least, not yet. As the Internet of Things grows into the Internet of Everything, it seems many processes that make a city tick—from first responders and law enforcement to hospitals, traffic and street lights, and beyond—would benefit from the actionable data M2M technology could help collect.

One German city, Hamburg, is preparing to make the leap from ordinary to “smart.” The City of Hamburg, in conjunction with Cisco,, has begun the transition by launching several pilot projects within Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities program that will pave the way for future innovations.

Cisco says the projects will focus on improving Hamburg residents’ quality of life by enabling greater mobility, efficiency, and sustainability. Currently planned projects include smart street lighting, a smart traffic system, environment and infrastructure sensing, and a “virtual citizen services solution,” which Cisco says will provide administrative services through a remote, high-definition video kiosk.

Hamburg and Cisco will also collaborate on developing the Port of Hamburg into a “smartPORT.” This will include an intelligent parking-space control system for trucks and loaders near the port, in addition to solutions for capturing and analyzing emissions data and monitoring port infrastructures.

In the digital age, it seems cities are in constant search for ways to foster a growing local economy and to improve current residents’ quality of life. It’s possible the future prospects of today’s cities may depend on how current leaders handle the benefits of connectivity in streamlining and improving processes, and in providing new growth opportunities for businesses and residents.

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