Smart City

The key factors: 

  • Cities must act sustainably and consider environmental impacts in the broadest sense.
  • Residents must be given more security and protection in everyday situations; cities must be better prepared for disasters or emergencies in the future.
  • Cities must be sufficiently attractive for citizens, commuters and the economy.
  • The strengthening of the city's image as a smart city must be taken into account and used.
  • Mobility:

    • Cities and urban peripheral areas must remain accessible,
    • the achievement of the objective must be simplified,
    • and movement at the destination must be integrated into a modern traffic management system for all participants through multimodal integration (public transport, car, bicycle, pedestrian).

To achieve this, the following technological components must be integrated in a compatible way:

  • IoT (Sensors)
  • Connectivity (fixed or via WLAN) and
  • Realtime data for analysis and visualization.

The intelligent combination of these components on a PSI platform opens up completely new, more efficient ways to create a better quality of life and a tangible added value for all process participants in tomorrow's mobility. We help to make better decisions.

At peak times, car searching for parking accounts for more than 30% of total traffic. Intelligent technology can eliminate this problem. How does it work?

Sensors indicate free parking spaces and recommend available free parking space along the route - via a navigation app or intelligent digital traffic signs. The car driver is both the user and a provider of information about available parking spaces. Maximizing intelligence and practicality in a single concept means placing the parking spaces at the edge of the city centers and providing easy-to-use transfer to public transport, car sharing, bike sharing or autonomous driving.

Bundling individual measures not only the benefits individual by reaching destinations faster, cheaper, and with less congestions, but also achieves collective obectives such as reduction of NOX or/and CO2, can be achieved.

It is certain that successful Smart City projects always require government backing and coordination. We support both the consultants and the goverment Smart City teams througout the entire course of the proect. After all, every succesful project is a result of good strategy, as well as excellent.

In its 2019 publication "Think:Act - The Smart City Breakaway", Roland Berger GmbH refers to just one of 200 cities worldwide that have a published and official Smart City strategy. Not even 10 of them have reached an extended implementation stage, see Roland Berger study.

To evaluate your own Smart City approach, you can use the Roland Berger online self-assessment tool ( Your personal "Smart City Strategy Index" and feedback on possible improvements in your city may help you.

You can obtain helpful studies and invitations to local workshops directly from PSI or at - an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.