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Smart City


Smart City

Smart meters, non-cash payment and smart street lighting are examples of Internet of Things (IoT) applications. But we have only seen the tip of the iceberg. Soon, IoT will revolutionise our everyday lives as the digital transformation will enable us to measure and control almost everything around us. 

We help local authorities, private companies and public organisations unlock the potential of smart cities.

The core principle of smart cities is to add a digital layer to the infrastructure of a city and make data about the city available to citizens, policy-makers and companies.

We provide expertise to cities all over the world with a view to creating sustainable business-oriented solutions that are attractive to customers, citizens and society.

How to people use the city? What would be the impact of a specific initiative on the environment? How do we optimise waste management and resource consumption? And last but not least: how do we involve citizens in the process?

How we can help you:

Use of open data

Data collected from smartphones and sensors are the lifeblood of the smart cities of the future. We are experts in identifying the opportunities and the value that open data can bring to public and private organisations. We provide technical advice and prototype development for smart city applications and services. Open data is not intended for only one sector or industry. Collaboration across traditional industries can lead to valuable partnerships. An example is Open Data Aarhus which is a collaboration among The City of Aarhus, Central Denmark Region, University of Aarhus, the Alexandra Institute as well as local entrepreneurs, associations and small companies.

Internet of Things (IoT)

We are constantly connected to our city, and everything we do generates data about our consumption and movements and who we are connected to. At what pace should IoT be rolled out? Should we develop new processes for implementing new technology in critical infrastructures and services? What are for example the ethical implications of installing sensors in our surroundings? Contact us to discuss how to go about it. We have technical expertise and practical experience of collecting and using data from connected products in the city.

Citizen participation

We use a range of workshop methods to generate new ideas and concepts for smart city products, services and business models. We involve end users, developers and other relevant stakeholders in the process. We test, develop and evaluate prototypes in collaboration with potential end users – for example interactive prototypes. We perform evaluations to establish the impact of a given technology or service. The evaluation is both qualitative and quantitative if possible and relevant.

Smart cities change our everyday lives completely. We help you seize the opportunities!

IT-City of Katrinebjerg

Åbogade 34

8200 Aarhus N
+45 70 27 70 12