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FH-Impuls 2016 I: Smart City Ecosystem 2 (SCitE_2)

Fast facts

  • Organizational unit

  • Category

    • Federal project
  • Funding source

    Federal Ministry of Education and Research - BMBF,Fachhochschule Dortmund,unknown organization

  • Funding program

    BMBF FH Impuls 2016,own contribution FH,third-party funds

  • Duration

About the project

Smart City Ecosystem 2

Within a smart city, there are usually a large number of systems that manage and provide urban data. This data comes from various sources such as environmental sensors, networked streetlights or smart devices. But it also includes data such as energy and water consumption. As these systems are usually not compatible with each other, the creation of data silos is increasingly being promoted. As a result, this data is not shared with other stakeholders or made available for joint use. In addition to the emergence of new valuable collaborations, the integrated use of this data offers a good basis for developing new innovative services. They can help to improve the quality of life of citizens and also offer added value to all other stakeholders in a city in various areas. This can also increase the attractiveness of a city.

The Smart City Ecosystem 2 (SCitE 2) project addresses this challenge and is developing technical solutions to connect the existing data silos within a technical ecosystem via an interface in a secure and data protection-compliant manner. As a system of systems, SCitE 2 harmonizes existing and future data silos without replacing established systems and data silos. This means that the silos can continue to be designed heterogeneously and operated by different players, such as the participating cities or companies. As data is managed and used jointly by the municipalities at the transitions between city boundaries and also with regard to certain key areas such as local public transport, SCitE 2 also makes it possible to connect these cities in the context of data usage in order to create maximum added value for all parties involved.

To support the cities in building their smart city ecosystem, the project is divided into two sub-projects: SCitE.Data and SCitE.Reconstruction & Operations.

SCitE.Data focuses on data exchange: SCitE.Data connectors are used to ensure the secure and data protection-compliant exchange of data. Among other things, this includes checking previously defined guidelines for data use and exchange beforehand. The data is only used or exchanged if these guidelines are met. The connection of the data silos or systems is addressed by means of plugins, which act as an interface between the respective connector and the system.

SCitE.Reconstruction & Operations focuses on the simple and secure provisioning and operation process of the SCitE.Data connectors and plugins. Methods from the field of model-driven engineering are used to optimize these processes. In addition, the Reconstruction area addresses the automated derivation of SCitE.Data models from existing solutions so that companies can dynamically integrate the solutions developed in SCitE into their software system.

Based on the data collected on site, the project team develops application scenarios, so-called use cases, for the joint use of the data in order to enable new and innovative services for the smart city.

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Cooperation/project partners

  • #Gatter3 Technology
  • DOdata GmbH
  • Institute for Internet Security

Contact & Team

Notes and references

Photo credits

  • Funding body Federal Ministry of Education and Research | Funding body Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Stephan Lucka
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Matthias Kleinen
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Stephan Lucka
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Florian Freimuth
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Florian Freimuth

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