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 und Betriebswirt und arbeitet seit 2009 im Bereich der digitalen Transformation und der Entwicklung von Smart Cities. Er verfügt über ein weitreichendes internationales Smart City Netzwerk und hat sich eingehend mit den Themen Digitalisierung der Energienetze, intelligente Straßenbeleuchtung, Ladeinfrastruktur und vernetzte Mobilität sowie dem Aufbau und Betrieb offener Datenplattformen unter Verwendung von ML und KI Algorithmen auseinandergesetzt. Er ist in mehreren Förderprogrammen aktiv: KNOWING zur besseren Einschätzung von Reaktionsrisiken (response risks) als Folge von Klimaanpassungsmaßnahmen, Intelligent Cities Challenge zum Aufbau eines Klimapaktes zwischen Kommunen und Unternehmen und TheaDiPOLIS zur Erkundung neuer, digital unterstützter Formen und Wege zur Beteiligung von Bürger*innen an der Stadtentwicklung. Parallel dazu entwickelt er das Thema Ethik der Smart City: Wie können die Ziele von mehr Lebensqualität und sozialer Kohäsion unter Gesichtspunkten der Stadtentwicklung in der Digitalmoderne mit Blick auf die Herausforderung der Klima- und Biodiversitätskrise zusammengeführt werden? Zu diesem Thema arbeitet er zurzeit an einer Dissertation an der TU Berlin bei Prof. Hans-Liudger Dienel. *** Stefan Slembrouck is a philosopher and business economist and has been working in the field of digital transformation and the development of smart cities since 2009. He has an extensive international smart city network and has worked extensively on the digitalization of energy grids, smart street lighting, charging infrastructure and connected mobility as well as the development and operation of open data platforms using ML and AI algorithms. He is active in several funding programs: KNOWING to better assess response risks as a result of climate adaptation measures, Intelligent Cities Challenge to establish a climate pact between municipalities and companies and TheaDiPOLIS to explore new, digitally supported forms and ways of involving citizens in urban development. At the same time, he is developing the topic of smart city ethics: how can the goals of greater quality of life and social cohesion be brought together from the perspective of urban development in the digital modern age with a view to the challenge of the climate and biodiversity crisis? He is currently working on a dissertation on this topic at the TU Berlin with Prof. Hans-Liudger Dienel. Homepage ->