The capital city of Bavaria and Smarter Together Lighthouse city, Munich, is implementing pioneering smart city solutions in several target areas. Working with the City of Munich and 11 partners across the business and academic communities, as well as engaging citizens in all of its activities, ST Munich has continued to make strides in smart city development within the context of the Smarter Together project.
The Neuaubing-Westkreuz/Freiham neighbourhoods of Munich are the focus area for Smarter Together and some great work has been done. Smart lamp posts have been one area of success and there have been many innovations that are having positive impacts on residents and municipal government. Local governments around Europe spend €7.6 billion each year to light public streets, but bills could be cut by up to 70% by installing smart lighting. The European Commission has a goal of setting up 10 million smart lamp posts around the EU by 2025 and Munich is an important feasibility testing ground for the idea.
In this spirit, ST Munich is looking to have the lamp posts serve as ‘open urban labs’ to field test new innovations and possibilities. The lamp posts are deployed in several locations and are set up to test different functions with some looking to test new sensor solutions, parking space management, new technologies, or free Wi-Fi deployment. Munich has had two open calls for citizen input and ideas, more than 25 co-creation and design workshops, as well as direct dialog between expert planners and local residents to guarantee user-centric solutions.
Would avoid making generalised statements like this, would suggest something bit more concrete such as “has continued to make strides in smart city development in the context of the Smarter Together project”.