FOKUS’ Smart Cities Project on Tour
News from Apr. 15, 2015
On April 15th, the exhibition ship “MS Wissenschaft” departed for its great voyage through Germany and Austria. During the five month tour, visitors to the exhibition have the possibility to explore the “City of the Future”. On board is a presentation of the “Triangulum” project of the competence center SQC (System Quality Center).
This year's motto of the “MS Wissenschaft” is “City of the Future”. Around thirty exhibits from the participating institutions will answer important questions regarding future cities: What defines a city? How does a city work? How do we make our cities viable for the future?
Fraunhofer FOKUS participates in the exhibition with its Triangulum project, which is engaged in sustainable and intelligent urban development. In Triangulum, innovative urban development concepts will be implemented in Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Stavanger (Norway). Smart city concepts will include for example reduced energy consumption of buildings, increased use of renewable energies or increased utilization of electric vehicles. Thereafter, these concepts will be transferred to three further cities. For this to succeed, Fraunhofer FOKUS is developing a reference architecture that encompasses all the ICT-components. Thus, an abstract model of smart city modules emerges. The model approach allows other cities to integrate existing concepts or modules into their own infrastructure. There are 23 partners from cities, research and industry involved in the project. The project is funded in the context of the “Horizon 2020” initiative of the European Union.
Fraunhofer FOKUS' exhibit is part of the “Morgenstadt” exhibition of the Fraunhofer Society. Via QR codes which are placed on the different buildings within a city model, visitors can retrieve information about diverse Fraunhofer projects on tablets.
The “MS Wissenschaft” departed on April 15th and will tour Germany and Austria for five months. Opening hours of the ship are from 10 am to 7 pm. Admission is free.