Krefeld Whether tinted lanterns, smart knee bandages or delivery robots: Smart City Day at VHS gave an idea of how the technology of the future can make our daily life easier. The visitors could also express their wishes.
A clever beacon that can be controlled by mobile communication was just one of the digital innovations that visitors to an adult education center could discover. On Wednesday, August 17, the “Smart City Day” was held in Krefeld. The organizers’ goal was to enable Krefeld residents to participate in designing a more digital city.
Netzgesellschaft Niederrhein (NGN) presented a lamp that operators can adapt to their needs. “You can reduce the lighting when there is little movement and at night you can dim it to basic lighting,” explains Rainer Welter, energy engineer at NGN. Another advantage: with tailor-made lighting, light emission is reduced and the environment is less polluted. In addition, the police have an emergency button with which they can report to NGN that they urgently need more light in a specific area.
The University of Applied Sciences in Niederrhein presented, inter alia, “Intelligent trash can”. “It aims to motivate people to sort and dispose of waste properly,” says Sinan Yavuz, an exhibitor at the university. The basket was created by the students of KReate-Future 2019, a science camp for students. You can put the garbage in the bin, which will analyze the type of garbage and the weight of the product. There is also an application for the invention.
Yavuz also handed visitors a bandage with sensors, which warns of leg deformities after knee surgery. The data is stored on the SD card and the app. This is how doctors and physical therapists can use them.
The city of Krefeld, the municipal utilities and the economic department have initiated the Smart City Day. “Krefeld already serves many target groups. We present it here in a package – says Markus Lewitzki, Smart City digitization speaker. According to Lewitzki, the basic idea is to involve the public in the initiative. This was also possible online via the participation portal. “Smart city is a big topic in urban development these days,” explains Lewitzki.
There were interactive stands that engaged the residents. One of them was the “empathy card”. Visitors could write down their responses to questions such as “How do you see Krefeld?” on the cards under the questions. “Great people, lots of dedicated people, exciting projects,” wrote one guest. Another assessed that there is still room for improvement in the city’s development. At another station, it became clear that citizens saw digitization as important and promising.
Another room encouraged the guests to express their own suggestions about Krefeld’s future. For example, they wanted a digital climate school for students in city schools. Other suggestions were for a € 9 ticket for local public transport or a smart green roof on all municipal buildings.
KReMINTec eV was a popular exhibitor. This stand was used to engrave key rings, especially by young guests. MINT stands for Maths, Computing, Life Sciences, and Technology. For example, the association offers a course where students can build a PCR virus testing machine. “We combine business and science on one platform,” says coordinator Chrissoula Tolidou.
Showbotics even celebrated its premiere in Germany with its delivery robots. Intelligent devices can, for example, deliver drinks to higher floors.
The Federal Gigabit office exhibited in Krefeld for the first time. The all-German offer of the Ministry of Transport trains representatives of municipalities free of charge on the expansion of broadband connections. Exhibitors received visitors via the information phone in front of the adult education center.