The Open Smart Street Hub – Interoperability to stimulate market demand

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Bundesverband Smart City - Open Smart Street HubGreen paper:

(Sie finden die DEUTSCHE Version hier ->)

A smart city is being developed by digitizing the city’s administration, mobility and public space.
People perceive the latter as a “Smart Street”:

BVSC-Smart Street - Stadtwerke Iserlohn

With kind permission of Stadtwerke Iserlohn GmbH (

Dynamic, highly efficient street lighting,
smart parking systems,
dynamic traffic lights dependent of traffic and environmental conditions.

The goals of the Smart Street are increased security, more environmental and climate protection, a healthy living space with a high quality of stay!

Many companies, including many startups, have developed clever Smart Street solutions, but so far they have met with only modest demand from cities and their service providers.

One of the barriers is that the solutions lack compatibility and interoperability: competitive solutions cannot be integrated into a single control system, nor can they be linked to solutions from other domains from other providers.

BVSC-Smart Street Hub - IoT

Source: Kompetenzzentrum Öffentliche IT, Impuls zu Safety, Security und Privacy im Internet der Dinge,

A smart city risks dependency on technologies and providers, and this in a phase in which the solutions (naturally) are not fully developed and the lifespan of the electronics used outdoors has not yet been proven.

However, cities and industry are equally interested in mitigating these risks and thereby overcoming the demand barrier.

For this, the model of an Open Smart Street Hub provides a possible solution, a system of systems which, based on Open Source modules of the European development FIWARE, not only guarantees vendor independence, but also the engagement of regional software talents in the implementation and further development of an open data infrastructure for the Smart Street.
This supports the Smart City’s desire for data sovereignty as well as interoperability and can reduce industry costs for developing standards.

Download the full 11-pages green paper of our member Stefan Slembrouck.

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Über Stefan Slembrouck

Stefan Slembrouck ist Philosoph, Betriebswirt und Unternehmer und arbeitet seit 2009 im Bereich Digitalisierung der Energieversorgung und kritischer Infrastrukturen, in den letzten Jahren zunehmend mit der Fragestellung, wie das vorhandene Stromnetz den Aufbau von Ladeinfrastruktur und die Erlangung von Klimaneutralität mit Hilfe von künstlicher Intelligenz besser unterstützen kann. Parallel dazu entwickelt er das Thema Ethik der Smart City: wie kann die kommunale Selbstbestimmung und damit unser demokratisches Staatswesen mit Hilfe der Digitalisierung gestärkt werden? Das dritte Schwerpunktthema von Stefan Slembrouck ist die digitale Transformation von Regionen mit ihren besonderen Herausforderungen der Mobilität, der Gesundheitsvorsorge und der interkommunalen Kooperation. Er verfügt über ein weitreichendes internationales Smart City Netzwerk und arbeitet daran mit, dass der Reichtum unterschiedlicher Innovationskulturen in Europa in ein europäisches Kooperationsmodell zur nachhaltigen Digitalisierung für Klimaneutralität und gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt einfließt. *** Stefan Slembrouck is a philosopher, economist and entrepreneur and has been working in the field of digitization of energy supply and critical infrastructures since 2009. In recent years with the growing challenge as to how the existing power grid can better support the development of charging infrastructure and the achievement of climate neutrality with the help of artificial intelligence. At the same time, he is developing the topic of Smart City ethics: how can municipal sovereignty and thus our democratic state be strengthened with the help of digitization? Stefan Slembrouck's third main topic is the digital transformation of regions with their special challenges of mobility, health care and inter-municipal cooperation. He has an extensive international smart city network that he helps organize to ensure that the wealth of different innovation cultures in Europe flows into a European cooperation model for sustainable digitization for climate neutrality and social cohesion. Homepage ->