Smart Cities


Analysis and evaluation of smart cities - a national and international comparison

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In December 2020, the European Union tightened its climate target for 2030. Instead of 40%, at least 55% of greenhouse gas emissions are now to be reduced by the EU. This tightening is necessary to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. In addition, increased resource consumption, growing urbanisation and extreme situations such as the Covid-19 pandemic are leading to additional challenges for municipalities. Digitalisation and the expansion of urban infrastructures are a decisive driver in tackling the above-mentioned tasks. In order to implement the bundling of digital measures in urban space, so-called "smart cities" are emerging worldwide.

However, there is no uniform definition for the aforementioned term, which leads to differences in quality in the respective cities. Existing rankings and indices show that national and international discrepancies exist in this regard.

Within the framework of the research work Analysis and Assessment of Smart Cities, these national and international differences in quality will be examined. The degree of maturity of smart cities is filtered out and compared in various categories. Based on this benchmarking, development potentials and risks can be uncovered and recommendations for action for countries, regions and municipalities can be developed.

Researcher: Jana Heinemann, M.Sc.