The north of the city is particularly affected by structural change. In the Smart City Innovation Project "Nordwärts" (Northwards), the former coal mine areas on the almost 13,000 hectare test site are being used for smart, future-oriented development concepts. The local residents are the focus of all activities.
Individual projects of the Smart City Initiative are to be implemented in the areas of energy, mobility and logistics, people and demographic change, IT platforms and citizen services, urban infrastructure, airport, port and security.
- Networking urban and municipal infrastructures
- Actively involving citizens in development and decision-making processes
- Using the pronounced structural change to shape the city in a future-oriented manner
The "Smart Service Power" project focuses on age-appropriate, technology-based serviced living in the neighborhood. "Care 4.0" is to be implemented with intelligent digitalization and linking of various data sources. This care concept focuses on people - especially the needs of residents and nursing staff. Functions from the areas of e-health, smart home, Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), emergency call systems as well as care and concierge services will be integrated into the serviced living concepts.
Automatic, smart services such as service or emergency call solutions are developed from the networked data. The applications to be developed will allow people to live autonomously in their familiar environment for longer periods of time.
IT platforms and cross-regional company networks are part of the alliance's work.
- Nebenan.de is a free, local and private neighborhood platform to jointly create a lively, sustainable and safe neighborhood.
- The #stadtsache app is aimed specifically at children and young people, to familiarize them with their city through photos, sound recordings and videos.
- ruhr:HUB - a joint initiative of the Ruhr Area cities Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen and Mülheim an der Ruhr - wants to digitally network and actively support companies and start-ups.
Around 120 project ideas are currently registered and some are already being implemented, with an upward trend.
- Active and direct dialogue between the residents and the city
- Care 4.0 concepts are feasible
- Maintaining and expanding neighborhood contacts
- Start-ups in the Ruhr Area are specifically promoted and networked
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