The city of Freiburg has been chosen by Germany’s Ministry of Internal Affairs for a subsidy of 8.3 million Euros to become a Smart City. To get this job done, they needed to understand from which already working Smart City features they’d benefit most. But from where do cities gather information to make that smart decision?
Out of hundreds of possibilities, Freiburg asked us to sort out successful Smart City features with the most promise. We were keen on being a trustworthy partner for explaining relevant information, but also for guiding through a discussion potentially influencing the life of Freiburg’s citizens in the future.
We started the project with a benchmarking exercise: What projects do other Smart Cities already champion? What data backs up that success and why? We then developed an evaluation model covering different dimensions, ranging from ecological benefits to implementability.
What projects do other Smart Cities already champion?
Based on these insights, the task force assessed working ideas and identified the most promising. In creating clarity through an elaborate sorting process of countless possibilities, we empowered the city’s task force to identify two pilot projects in the end.