Deutsche Telekom is collaorating with United Smart Cities (USC) to address key issues cities face today by providing tangible projects and solutions in cooperation with cities across the globe.
The United Smart Cities program is a global initiative established and coordinated by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in cooperation with the Organization for International Economic Relations.
USC and Deutsche Telekom have agreed to develop activities in different phases. These will be closely aligned with the different phases of a city’s Smart City development.
Initially, the focus will be on implementing specific solutions that solve a city’s most pressing needs. These include smart street lighting, air quality monitoring or smart parking. Data from the solutions will then be combined to create aggregated smart city applications. A mayor dashboard or citizen app combines individual solutions, for example.
A city will continue to innovate and start sharing data with industry players, universities and others. USC and Deutsche Telekom will support this development by providing a data market place. It enables data sharing based on a city’s defined data access policies and allows more detailed analytics. Smart city solutions between cities across the world can now also be integrated. A global community of Smart Cities is born.
The final and most important stage of a city’s journey through digital transformation is citizen involvement. Both partners will work to integrate direct interaction and participation of the citizens in the Smart City. Connectivity and collaboration will become the basis for broader goals like social inclusion, democracy and enterprise.