It has been a busy and exciting month for Cleverciti, especially as we move forward with a strong focus on making Smart City environments greener and more efficient. With more than 68% of the world’s population expected to be in urban areas by the year 2050, a significant impact on positive environmental efforts needs to take place now — and quickly.

However, this task can’t be completed alone, which is why we have partnered with some incredible organizations that have the same mission to lead the charge in building smart cities.

Stadt in Bewegung, or “City in Motion”

Spearheaded by a group of IoT leaders, including avodaq, Cisco Meraki, Deutsche Bahn Regio Bus, ioki, Signify, and Cleverciti, Stadt in Bewegung — or “City in Motion” was designed to make German cities “livable, innovative, safe and sustainable” by deploying Internet of Things (IoT)-based technology.

These six forward-thinking commercial enterprises joined forces to digitalize city infrastructures and develop visionary services for their citizens. Germans expect a smoothly running infrastructure and up-to-date services to make their lives easier and their cities a better place to live in. Many regions are accelerating rapidly towards the digital transformation, but some are still moving slowly.

The pace has to pick up in Germany because German citizens are ready for a change. When surveyed, 56.1% of German citizens said they want more digital technologies, including intelligent, low-resource street lighting and new mobility services, deployed throughout their cities. Also, in the same study, 69.8% of people support the use of digital solutions to optimize traffic flows, prevent traffic jams, and make it easier to find a parking space. That’s where Cleverciti comes in.

The search for parking in a city accounts for more than 30% of the urban pollution and traffic. But by using Cleverciti’s intelligent parking technology and sensors, available and occupied parking data is collected in real-time and easily guides drivers to open parking spots, reducing unnecessary driving in an already complicated environment.

“We’re excited to play an important role in this program. Citizens have demonstrated confidence in digital technologies because they can see the benefit of parking apps and other applications. If we want the transformation of transportation, we’ll need to embrace digital innovations,” said Maximilian Venhofen, Director Business Development, Cleverciti.

Over the next couple of weeks, the City in Motion initiative will be showcasing its offerings and services in a roadshow and stage discussions. Leading politicians and experts will speak on the potential of a digitalized city. The initiative reflects the enormous opportunities that can be gained from networking the different service areas of cities. And, it aims to identify and address the areas where action is needed. The highlight: In the initiative’s high-tech bus, visitors will be able to physically experience the latest technologies and opportunities of a digital city. You can follow the tour on Cleverciti’s Twitter or with the hashtag: #stadtinbewegung.

Germany’s Largest Autonomous Driving Project

This September, Berlin launched a smart city initiative called “The Digitally Networked Protocol Route – Urban Test Field Automated and Connected Driving in Berlin,” or DIGINET-PS. In partnership with the Technical University of Berlin and Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, a track of road was set up to test the interaction of autonomous and networked cars with a collection of IoT-based technologies, including Cleverciti’s intelligent parking solution. Together, the technologies will collect data on Berlin’s highly complex traffic environment.

Berlin, like many other cities established centuries ago, were not designed for today’s influx of cars alongside pedestrians and bikes; but modern connected technologies can prepare these cities for future growth.

“Automated and networked driving offers enormous opportunities: vehicles communicate with each other and with the surrounding infrastructure. They can be used to recognize weather conditions, open parking spaces, and changing traffic lights. This means greater safety and climate efficiency, improved traffic flow, and time savings,” said Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer.

The researchers deployed more than 100 sensors to monitor traffic light systems, roundabouts, bicycle and pedestrian paths, entrances and exits, and parking lots. Live data from the connected sensors on the test track is transmitted onto one software platform for detailed analysis.

Collected data is analyzed and evaluated in real-time so that forecasts can be made on a wide variety of topics. Using a communication infrastructure based on ITS-5G and 4G, the environmental data is shared with the networked autonomous vehicles. The information is then leveraged to empower more accurate vehicle maneuvers and driving scenarios.

Professor Albayrak of TU of Berlin, summed up the smart city project perfectly, saying, “Through the central collection, aggregation, and evaluation of data, we will be able to develop innovative, secure solutions for road traffic problems, generate new ecosystems and business models, and create added value”.

Cleverciti is honored to be a part of these two amazing projects. Our mission is to make a sustainable and greener planet through smart parking, and partnering in these connected and integrated smart city projects is a great start to making that a reality.