German municipalities embark on 2-year innovative smart city pilot

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Municipalities in Germany have partnered to implement a smart city initiative which involves monitoring air quality and finding measures to reduce carbon emissions.

Eight Germany municipalities and towns have formed the NordAllianz.

Through NordAllianz, the municipalities have selected Hawa Dawa to implement a digital measurement network for tracking air quality.

The digital measurement network comprises some 35 IoT-enabled sensor nodes which will collect data and make it accessible to citizens and other interested parties, live and via the internet.

The network will collect values for particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone in real time for citizens to access via an interactive website, the ‘Urban Cockpit’, which was developed the Urban Software Institute.

The network is claimed to be one of the largest in Germany.

Karim Tarraf, CEO of Hawa Dawa, explains: “Up to now, air quality data was reserved for expert communities. With our measurement technology, it is now possible to deliver high-quality data for citizens and decision-makers ubiquitously and in real time. For the first time, the focus is not on technology, but on people’s needs for transparency in urban environments. We are proud to take this first step towards the smart city together with the communities of NordAllianz and look forward to working together over the next two years.”

The project, ‘Smart Region NordAllianz ‘ is a pilot which will run for 2 years.

The eight municipalities include Eching, Garching, Hallbergmoos, Ismaning, Neufahrn, Oberschleißheim, Unterföhring and Unterschleißheim .

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.