About the work groups

The network’s work groups represent the focuses of the Berlin Smart City strategy and thereby provide the framework for joint project work.

The following thematic groups, and consequently mains areas of focus, have already been established:

Infrastructure
Safe energy supplies, flexible mobility, energy-efficient building management: the demands made of a modern, sustainable infrastructure are growing and urgently required. The work group “Smart Infrastructures” works on innovative solutions and implementations to make the growing urban area of Berlin more liveable.

Coordination: Claudia Rathfux, Stromnetz Berlin GmbH

Participants: Berliner Energieagentur (BEA), Berliner Stadtreinigung (BSR), Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Berliner WasserbetriebeBerlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH, Climate-KIC, GASAG AG, Vattenfall Wärme Berlin AGSenatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Energie und Betriebe, Stromnetz Berlin GmbH, TU Berlin.

Administration 
Each year, Berlin gains 50 000 new citizens – it is therefore important to make processes and communication between the urban community and the administration smarter. In the work group, smart urban services are developed, while existing services are discussed and prepared for a Smart City Berlin.

Coordination: Lutz Nentwig, Fraunhofer FOKUS

Public Safety
While today, the term “public safety” is limited to the safety of citizens and public infrastructure and linked to terms such as police, fire department and healthcare, the meaning of the term “safety” will broaden in the future. With the advent of digitalisation and emerging communication infrastructure, safety aspects will also be relevant here. In intelligent cities, this aspect can be filed into two categories: Firstly, the direct safety of citizens and pension institutions, and secondly the safety or functionality of information and communication infrastructures.

Coordination:

Living
Berlin is a city of tenants and, so that residents can continue to live a contented life in the growing capital, the field of Smart Living is indispensable. Energy and resource efficiency, Ambient Assisted Living for people with disabilities or with age-related mobility restrictions with, the safety of apartments and buildings as well as other topics related to living are driven by the Smart Living work group.

Coordination: Markus Grube, Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Mitte

Participants: Architektenkammer Berlin, ARUP Deutschland GmbH, Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH Berliner Energieagentur GmbH, degewo netzWerk GmbH, Drees & Sommer Projektmanagement und bautechnische Beratung GmbH, gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner, Joanes Stiftung, Unternehmensgruppe Krebs GmbH & Co., UrbanDesign.Architektur, TSB Technologiestiftung Berlin, TU Berlin, Verband Berlin-Brandenburgischer Wohnungsunternehmen E.V., Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin-Mitte mbH,

Smart Mobility
The eMO agency has been responsible for the topic of Smart Mobility in Berlin since 2012, and also leads the Smart Mobility work group, driving the change in mobility in the metropolitan region with innovative topics. The three focuses here are: new mobility (innovative mobility offerings, new technologies for the electrification and digitalisation of passenger transport), city logistics (innovative business models, the electrification and digitalisation of commercial transport and new vehicle concepts) and intelligent infrastructure (linking energy and mobility as well as storage, traffic management and digital infrastructure and data).

Coordination: Gernot Lobenberg, Berliner Agentur für Elektromobilität (eMO)