Smart cities: Innovative solutions for urban spaces
Cities account for a large share of global CO2 emissions. At the same time they can also be the driving force behind and the origin of sustainable solutions. Telekom Romania, based on Deutsche Telekom group’s expertise, is dedicated to innovative solutions that help reshape cities into smart urban spaces.
Since 2015, Telekom Romania started to implement several innovative solutions meant to prepare the field for the implementation of integrated smart cities solutions. The face of a city can change with the help of digital “trees” – solar charges for mobile devices connected to Wi-Fi, like the one Telekom “planted” in one of the parks of Timisoara city. Another solution for public spaces is Managed Wi-Fi which offers free Wi-Fi for the citizens and analytical data for the public administration.Urban data are thus collected and then processed with the help of analytical tools known as “Big data Analytics”. The generated data is very useful for the ones who design the development strategy of a city, with the aim to improve the life quality of its citizens.
The digitalization of urban space is motivated by societal, economic, ecological and technological developments. They include superordinate current and future challenges such as increasing urbanization and demographic change, and also individual plans for the future and problems faced by individual communities. The road towards the connected city must thus be understood as a complex interplay of different interests and objectives of cities, citizens and other stakeholders like local companies and institutions.
Smart City Solutions
Our Smart City solutions entail many different building blocks and challenges – from processes, hardware, software and communication layers to the design of new business models. They have to meet the interests, needs and political aspirations of citizens, authorities and businesses. Building on its expertise at operating, managing and advancing large communication infrastructures, its experience in the M2M sector and its IT integration capabilities, Telekom Romania aims to put the pieces of this complex ecosystem together.
Collaboration, open platforms and multi-layered urban networks are the key to take the digital transformation of cities forward. The move towards Connected Cities is an evolutionary process in which heterogeneous building blocks need to be integrated in a larger ecosystem of connected things and people. The step by- step transformation of public infrastructures and services addresses the challenges of modern cities – from energy supplies and traffic planning to economic and ecological sustainability.