There are already many useful user scenarios for IoT in the public service sector. This starts with intelligent traffic management, continues with networked decentralized energy distribution and finally also covers the broad field of e-government. Some of these versatile scenarios were presented at the Industrie 4.0 conference and opened up a wide field for discussion.
Dr. Dietmar Woidke, premier of Brandenburg, sees the digital transformation as a great opportunity for rural and structurally weak regions. Because there are other topics in focus as in the cities. Brandenburg needs special solutions in the regions with lower population density, for example for agriculture and health care. "That's why we need solutions that take the specific conditions of rural areas into account," Woidke said in his welcoming address to the conference.
According to Katherina Reiche, chief executive of the Verband kommunaler Unternehmen e.V., many areas in the “smart city affect the public sector. Technical innovations are made directly perceptible and can be experienced. The municipal companies not only understood this, but also partially implemented it.”
State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Matthias Machnig, sees great potential in the Smart City market
The concept of Smart City gives us the opportunity to develop networked participatory cities and to make urban spaces even more liveable and more humane. Also economically there is a lot of potential in the Smart City market, according to Matthias Machnig, State Secretary at the BMWi. He appealed to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to open up to digitization: "Anyone who is not digital today as an SME will no longer be part of the value chain tomorrow." Above all, start-ups in the field of smart city technologies can be valuable drivers of innovation and support established municipal utilities in mastering the digital transformation.