22nd Karlsruhe Dialogues - Speakers
Smart Cities – On the Way to a Higher Quality of Life?
Prof. Dr. Harald Heinrichs
1. What do you consider to be an ‘intelligent’ city?
An intelligent city is a city in which innovative technological and social options are used to improve the quality of life of its citizens on the basis of sustainable development.
2. In your opinion, what are the most urgent problems that have to be solved on the way to intelligent cities?
The most urgent problem is to avoid being overwhelmed by the available and emerging technological options. The new technological options of digitisation and artificial intelligence must not become ends in themselves. Cities need to be oriented towards sustainable development; both technical and social innovations are important means of achieving this goal.
3. What are, in your opinion, the most exceptional chances arising with the change towards smart cities?
A digital administration can improve the transparency, communication, and interaction with citizens. Digitised, ‘intelligent’ physical infrastructures, ranging from sensor-supported waste disposal to sharing concepts in the mobility sector, can contribute to environmental and cost efficiency. However, if social cohesion is to be strengthened, technological smart-city approaches need to be complemented by social innovations.