On the 28th of July the webinar „The LIN City“ took place as a kickoff of the webinar-series of the research project iCity together with the IHK region Stuttgart. In the LIN-City series applications of iCity are being presented, guests of the IHK place experiences and specialist issues and besides, fields of applications are being discussed.
The LIN city - liveable, intelligent and sustainable - is the central topic in the interdisciplinary research project "iCity". Since 2017, scientists from the HFT have been conducting joint research in the BMBF-funded project, which now involves more than 40 industrial partnerships in the Stuttgart metropolitan region. The key question is "How can cities continue to develop intelligently in line with the needs of their citizens?" The project has developed a joint vision of the liveable, intelligent and sustainable city of the future, which the HFT researchers playfully call the LIN city.
The approximately 30 participants, among others from the fields of urban development, freight forwarding & logistics, building automation and energy consulting, were welcomed by Stefanie Rau, Technology Transfer Manager at the IHK Region Stuttgart and first heard a short presentation of the KEFF project by Jasmin Fiebag from the IHK.
Dirk Pietruschka, managing director of the iCity project, gave an introduction to the research project and presented the goals for the intensification phase of the project, which will start next year. In this way, iCity is to be established together with industry as a driver of innovation and the networking of companies with researchers and HFT graduates is to be promoted.
Dieter Uckelmann then presented one of the iCity subprojects: In Smart Public Building, the sustainable and resource-saving use of buildings is being researched in the buildings of the University of Applied Sciences. With the involvement of students, the aim is to increase energy efficiency and comfort in existing buildings. Among other things, smart home technologies and open source software will be used. In this way the HFT Stuttgart will become a real test field. As an example, he presented the concept of smart metering, in which electricity and water meters are networked with each other. This enables consumption to be read in real time.
The webinar was concluded with an animated exchange of knowledge among all participants with the realization that the topic should be further deepened.
The next event in the webinar series will take place in autumn 2020.