Karlsruhe is so smart: The Smart City presents itself at the in-house exhibition!

The in-house exhibition on May 11 offers employees of the City of Karlsruhe a varied program of presentations, panel discussions and hands-on activities. The marketplace shows what makes Karlsruhe a Smart City.

Karlsruhe: smart, digital & networked
The Smart City Karlsruhe is characterized by numerous projects in the areas of mobility, administration, infrastructure, energy, as well as cultural and creative industries. u. v. m. from. And they will present themselves to their colleagues on May 11.
Employees of the City of Karlsruhe who would like to get to know the Smart City better will have the unique opportunity to experience the Smart City projects of the City of Karlsruhe live on the market square from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., ask questions and try them out.

Included are:


karlsruhe.digital makes the strengths of the digital location visible and tangible. Karlsruhe is one of the most important IT hotspots: 4,800 IT companies with 30,000 employees, 10,000 students in IT-related courses, one of the most digital administrations in Germany and media art throughout the city characterize the fan-shaped city. The latest addition: the #SmartProductionPark in Oststadt – it addresses start-ups that are taking the digitalization of production to the next level.

City festival "Bunte Nacht der Digitalisierung" 2019 in Karlsruhe
The city festival “Bunte Nacht der Digitalisierung” makes the digital location Karlsruhe visible and tangible. Picture: Dennis Dorwarth Photography.

The karlsruhe.digital initiative connects Karlsruhe stakeholders from science, business, culture and public administration with the aim of fostering the digital location Karlsruhe as driver of digitalization. With the city festival “Bunte Nacht der Digitalisierung” and the InnovationFestival @karlsruhe.digital, the initiative makes digitalization in and from Karlsruhe visible and tangible with two event highlights. The initiative also focuses on holistic communication and the acquisition of skilled workers, pooling expertise, promoting networking and addressing topics holistically in order to actively shape the digital future of the city.

On May 11, visitors will learn more about their city – one of Germany’s leading digital locations.

The digital twin of the city of Karlsruhe

The digital twin represents the digital image of the real city. It offers a collaborative platform that can be used by city administrators and citizens alike. On the basis of the digital twin, complex and dynamic relationships can be visualized and possible changes can be tested in advance in simulations. The digital twin is therefore a central foundation for the development of the smart city.

A digital twin is the digital image of a city. Image: City of Munich

In a first step, the existing 3D city model will be expanded into a digital geo-twin, which will then form the geodata basis for the digital twin. The 3D city model will be expanded to include additional components, specialist data and real-time data will be integrated and accessibility for the city administration and the public will be optimized. This digital geo-twin will be presented at the in-house exhibition using the “Alter Schlachthof” prototype.

This digital geo-twin will be presented at the in-house exhibition using the "Alter Schlachthof" prototype.
This digital geo-twin is based on the “Alter Schlachthof” prototype. presented at the in-house exhibition. Image: own illustration/property office

Virtual reality (VR) applications make the digital twin accessible and thus even more tangible. With this technology, the planned redesign of Kaiserstrasse and the new market square can be explored in virtual reality.

Virtual reality (VR) applications make the digital twin accessible and thus even more tangible.
Virtual reality (VR) applications make the digital twin accessible and thus even more tangible. Image: own illustration/property office

Karlsruhe as a science location

Over the years, Karlsruhe has become an important center of science and research. and research location. Numerous renowned university and Research institutions create an environment characterized by innovation. Future topics such as sustainability and digitalization are on the Agenda. In Karlsruhe, particular value is placed on the close Networking and the intensive exchange between science, business, Culture and urban society.

Karlsruhe Science Festival EFFEKTE 2019 at Gottesaue Palace
Karlsruhe Science Festival EFFEKTE 2019 at Gottesaue Palace. Picture: Dennis Dorwarth Photography

At the marketplace, employees can find out more about the events and projects of the Science Office: from the EFFEKTE science festival to the city festival “Bunte Nacht der Digitalisierung”, the InnovationFestival, KA-WLAN, the karlsruhe.digital initiative and much more.

Sensor City

In a pilot project at Friedrichsplatz The first small measuring stations have been installed, providing real-time measurement data via the LoRaWAN radio technology. This data can be transferred via interfaces in the geoportal and, for example, in the form of map-based visualized on interactive dashboards.

Sensor City
Sensor City Karlsruhe. Image: Own illustration

But also other live information, such as the operating status of elevators, or the occupancy of disabled parking spaces will in future be and can supplement applications, such as Karlsruhe barrier-free, with important information. The real estate office will be presenting various application examples of the sensor City at the in-house exhibition on May 11.

Karlsruhe barrier-free – The digital companion for people with disabilities Disability

Whether it’s a citizens’ office, restaurant or sports hall – many people visit public places every day and are dependent on barrier-free access. instructed.

Defective elevators or steps without a wheelchair ramp in the Entrance areas of buildings – all of this can be a problem in everyday life for people with mobility restrictions present insurmountable hurdles,” says Ulrike Wernert, Municipal Disability Officer of the City of Karlsruhe.

So that disabled and restricted people can find out about the accessibility of the place even before their visit, there is a interactive application (Web app) on the Internet. These can be used to and many other questions are answered:

  Illustration: Questions about accessible information in a public building
Illustration: Questions about barrier-free information in a public building. Image: own illustration.

At the stand, the real estate office will be presenting the new web app and demonstrating opportunities for participation in the expansion of the locations.

Display of recorded information in the new web app
Display of the recorded information in the new web app. Picture: own illustration

Karlsruhe.app – Your city. Always there.

Download the Karlsruhe.app now and try it out!
The “marketplace” is home to numerous apps and services (add-ins). The app also offers a large selection of information channels. You are always up to date with the calendar of events.

Download the Karlsruhe.app now and try it out!

Visitors to the in-house exhibition can form their own impression, ask the team from the Office for Information Technology and Digitization questions and try things out.

Public utilities

At our stand on the marketplace, you can interactively experience a selection of sensors and possible use cases.
The sensors used rely on our LoRaWAN radio network active in Karlsruhe. The data can be viewed on site on a monitor in a customizable dashboard.

The municipal utilities are also present at the in-house exhibition with sponsors. Image: Stadtwerke Karlsruhe.

Radio-based sensors enable the cost-effective Automatic recording of information, without the need for expensive cables for power or for data transmission. Sensors that work with LPWAN-based (Low Power Wide Area Network) can send several years of data to the Battery until it needs to be replaced. Due to the wide range of possible applications processes more efficiently, data bases for decisions for the first time or documentation can be automated.

The network service will also be presenting the digitalization of the meter infrastructure in Karlsruhe with a demonstration wall. The central component here is the intelligent metering system, also known as the smart meter. In addition to the secure, data-protected remote reading of metering data across all sectors (electricity, gas, water, district heating), the smart meter is becoming the linchpin for secure grid operation in the context of increasing volatile feed-in and changing consumption patterns (electromobility, decarbonization of heat supply).