City at night with illuminated streets and icons for visualizing networking in the Smart City

Smart City Concepts and solutions for the Smart Cities of tomorrow

Digitalization and technical progress are finding their way into cities, towns, and communities and provide concepts for developing the urban living space. More intensive land use, greater volumes of traffic, bottlenecks in supply and disposal, as well as higher levels of air and noise pollution are presenting cities with new challenges and require concepts for intelligent infrastructure.

The combination of technology, intelligent systems, and processes enables concepts for the livable cities of tomorrow. With highly integrated and networked information and communication technology, Phoenix Contact is contributing to the structured transformation of urban spaces into Smart Cities. Utilize our application and technology expertise to bring Smart City concepts to life.

Smart City includes all fields of application that make a city more livable and intelligent. Concepts for developing Smart Cities are based on digital technologies and sustainable solutions for suppliers, buildings, and traffic. Phoenix Contact supports you on the journey toward the Smart Cities of the future.

Jörg Nolte - Phoenix Contact, Vice President VMM Infrastructure
Jörg Nolte

Concepts for the intelligent coupling of all sectors in a Smart City

A Smart City is made up of many sectors comprising buildings, infrastructure, and mobility. The All Electric Society vision of the future is based on the intelligent coupling of the individual sectors. Coordinated energy exchange between generators and loads is the foundation for a sustainable future. In addition to combining technologies, intelligent systems, and processes, the networking of a Smart City across all sectors requires future-oriented automation and communication technology.

Building from the inside with icons for visualizing an intelligently networked building

Digitalization of building automation

Smart building Self-optimizing buildings as an integral part of a Smart City

Smart buildings are an integral part of Smart Cities. If they are intelligently networked and integrated into the overall concept, the buildings can contribute to the efficient, stable, and economic city concept, e.g., as a storage system or load in the field of energy supply.

Our IoT-based Emalytics building management system combines the central elements for the digitalization of a building in one intelligent platform and enables the location-independent control and monitoring of various properties.

Bird’s eye view of a city with icons for visualizing the networked transportation system in a Smart City

Digitalization of the transportation infrastructure

Smart Traffic An intelligently networked transportation system

A livable city requires good air quality and a tailored approach to mobility. A transportation system that is tailored to the Smart City is important basis for living and working in the city. The aim is to protect the environment, e.g., by reducing emissions and conserving resources, while simultaneously increasing safety for all road and transport users.

You can capture current data with our systems and solutions, and adapt to the changing needs of the city with the aid of intelligent automation systems.
This new level of transparency in combination with active traffic control or intelligent street lighting represents an important building block on the journey toward safe and sustainable mobility.

Water with icons for visualizing intelligent water management

Digitalization of water and wastewater treatment

Smart water Intelligent water management

Making a smart world a reality also involves the intelligent use of our most valuable resource: water. It is not just water that flows in modern plants; there is also a stream of large volumes of data.

Our solutions for smart water utilize information and help improve water supply, disposal, and usage. By linking and evaluating a wide range of data, complex and critical infrastructures can be monitored and controlled in real time, efficiently, and reliably. As an aid to process optimization, external information is also incorporated using IoT applications. Open and flexible systems provide planning certainty for suppliers and conserve resources.

Collaborations and projects

Phoenix Contact is actively involved in collaborations and research projects on the topic of Smart Cities. We can therefore show you what a Smart City means in practice. It is undeniable that digitalization in urban spaces already offers many advantages.

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The city is a living laboratory for digitalization

Digital transformation in small- and medium-sized towns and cities The city is a living laboratory for digitalization

In addition to megacities and metropolises, small- and medium-sized towns and cities can also benefit from digital solutions. With this in mind, the Fraunhofer IOSB-INA has been operating Lemgo Digital, the IoT Real Lab, since May 2018 as an open innovation platform for the digital transformation of small- and medium-sized towns and cities.

The Fraunhofer team also has the support of the OWL University of Applied Sciences and other partners, as well as the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).
The infrastructure is used by companies, IoT startups, communities, and research organizations to implement innovative products and data-based services in the action areas mobility, retail, and environment jointly with “everyday experts”, namely local citizens.

The old Hanseatic city of Lemgo stands as a reference platform for the over 180 medium-sized cities in NRW, which are home to half of all people in this most populous federal state. Many similar communities in NRW and across Germany can therefore benefit from Lemgo Digital when it comes to developing a digital agenda and implementing their digitalization projects.

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Secure data transmission from the light to the light management system

Street lighting project

Street lighting improves safety and the quality of life in a city. In the future, lighting will be intelligent, and thus able to adjust more flexibly to the needs of citizens. This enables optimum adaptation to the relevant conditions, such as nighttime, rain, or fog. At the same time, adjustments can be made between crosswalks, in residential areas, or in pedestrian zones.

In the Lemgo Digital Real Lab, Phoenix Contact has worked in collaboration with the municipal utilities to modernize street lighting. It was possible to retain the existing cabling by using LoRaWAN wireless technology. In addition to being able to dim individual lights, it is now also possible to read additional information from the lights, such as consumption data and status data.

By switching to the new technology, the lamppost is supplied on a continuous basis along with the infrastructure for additional sensors, such as camera systems or environmental sensors. With the development of the new LoRaWAN network, it is now also possible to integrate additional sensors for the city, such as parking space sensors. This makes LoRaWAN and the lamp post an important element of digital transformation.