In the past, we have given a variety of insights into the areas of life and work that the increasing digitalization will have. So basically everything began with the transformation of the IT industry itself, which is increasingly characterized by “as-a-service” -production-models and thus its first skinning runs through. We continue to deal with changes in the business concepts in different sectors, which are increasingly based on the sensible use of data and have a great influence on the existence of whole markets. But, of course, digitalization does not stop us from the everyday life of the people. There are hardly any persons whose household and personal life is not characterized by a multitude of digital helpers. Take smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and notebooks as an example. On a larger scale we are already talking about the fully automated Smart Home, which adjusts itself, regulates and monitors. At the top of the discussion, we will focus on the digitization of municipalities and cities as well as the influence and the added value opportunities these concepts offer to people and organizations. The eco-association and the consultancy company Arthur D. Little have now addressed in a recent study the question how the topic Smart City is already spread in Germany and what is still awaiting us.
Great growth potential
In principle, the survey shows that the SmartCity concept has great potential for sales – by 2022, sales of the companies involved are expected to double to 43.8 billion euros – but Germany is lagging behind in the development of other countries. Today, with the automation and digitization of cities, around 20.4 billion euros are being implemented, with an annual average growth of 16.5 percent expected. The basis for the optimism is mainly the areas of transport and logistics and the applications placed in these segments. According to the study, the IT security and network infrastructure topics are also expected to benefit from the growth. Today, these sectors account for 3.5 billion of annual sales, and the forecast for growth is an average of 13 percent. Together with the aspects of physical security, including audiovisual monitoring, intelligent access control systems, identity management and building automation, these growth areas add up to more than 65 percent of the smart city market this year.
Close cooperation and holistic approaches necessary
Nevertheless, Harald Summa, Managing Director of the “Eco-Verband” of the “Internetwirtschaft e.V.”, concludes that German cities will only be able to emerge as leading smart cities in the coming years if they are working together more closely and are finding a holistic approach. This means developing a holistic strategy that integrates a variety of different Smart City offers. This includes, among other things, mobility, energy management and corresponding security solutions. Our hometown Darmstadt treads this path and has won the “Digital City” competition of Bitkom. With more than 20 partner companies, including DARZ, Darmstadt is being expanded into a digital model city. From 2018, transport, energy supply, schools and healthcare will be equipped with new technologies. Around two dozen digital companies are planning to invest a double-digit million figure in Darmstadt from next year.
We at DARZ are delighted that we as the Darmstadt-based full IT service provider have contributed to the triumph. Because we make many IT developments possible: above all, applications in the field of cloud computing and the provision of high-security data storage in our own data center. With our Data Centric Services, we place data at the center of our activities. And that’s what Smart City is all about.
In the past, we have given a variety of insights into the areas of life and work that the increasing digitalization will have. So basically everything began with the transformation of the IT industry itself, which is increasingly characterized by “as-a-service” -production-models and thus its first skinning runs through. http://bit.ly/2uN20iA