Netzlink and FIWARE for digital cities
Be it as road users, tourists or inhabitants – in a city, we are confronted with several problems almost every day: traffic jams, poor-quality air, scarce parking spaces and more. Those factors do not make living, working or spending time in a city more pleasant at all; instead of raising your level of happiness, they rather increase your level of stress.
At the same time, almost all areas of public life are facing demographic and economic challenges. Big cities, small towns and communities alike are not isolated from, but an integral part of the lives of their citizens. That is why they are inextricably linked to topics such as health, energy supply and even agriculture!
At the same time, an increasing number of people has to do with digital topics, which significantly influence day-to-day life and will continue to change it. We are connected to our friends, family members and colleagues almost 24/7 – why should we not be connected to our city, too? Smart applications make many things easier; they streamline processes and solve problems; that is how they make a city's infrastructure more efficient.
When it comes to administrative purposes and the generation of synergies in the area of big data, FIWARE offers the ideal platform for large towns, small cities and communities. Large towns, small cities and communities decide which applications are the most useful ones for their individual needs; then, they make those applications available to their citizens or tourists on the FIWARE platform. The platform can be used to offer a wide range of applications, including applications that have been developed by cities/citizens/tourists/etc. Eventually, the connection between those apps and the corresponding sets of data is what generates useful synergies. Good to know: Apps are immediately available and do not require development work.
One example of a possible traffic app is "Parkanizer": It points out free parking spaces to drivers, thus reducing traffic jams, smog and stress. Another app, which was developed in Hamburg, is called "Breeze"; using micro sensors, it measures air quality in cities, thus supporting the implementation of urban-climate-improving measures.