München – Best of Smart City, part 1

Monika Rech-Heider
June 23, 2020


Since 2016, Munich has been a lighthouse city in the EU “Smarter Together” project from the Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities program and has already developed a wide range of projects and solutions.

The City of Munich is working with 11 partners from business and science, investing a total of around 26 million euros over 5 years until the beginning of 2021, together with Vienna and Lyon. Munich is receiving 6.85 million euros directly from EU funding. The magic number for Munich is “20”: save 20 percent CO2, use more than 20 percent renewable energies and increase energy efficiency by more than 20 percent. By 2050 Munich even wants to achieve CO2 neutrality in the project area. Klaus Illigmann, head of the Strategic Development Planning department, has selected three best-case applications.

Cities are becoming Smart Cities. With the advancing digital transformation, they have outgrown the purely conceptual phase. The result are projects that are designed to improve the quality of life and coexistence of their inhabitants, open up administration, use resources more sparingly and optimize traffic flow. GEOMNIBUS presents a series of the top three Smart City projects from three German metropolises: Munich, Hamburg and Cologne. For part 1, Klaus Illigmann, head of the Strategic Development Planning department, has selected three best-case applications in Munic.

Top 1: The Knowledge Carrier, 3D information platform

To provide an overview of the variety of solutions from the Smarter Together project, the so-called ‘Knowledge Carrier’ as an information platform provides a visual overview of the activities in the Munich project area Neuaubing/Westkreuz/Freiham. Klaus Illigmann emphasizes that the information tool, which is based on a 3D model, is well received by the public and, in expert mode, is ideally suited as a basis for planning and replication of model solutions.

Top 2: The digital twin, the city-wide 3D model

Sooner or later, the address and building-accurate mapping of the city will replace the Excel list for the administration. Building uses, energy use plan, suitability of roof surfaces for photovoltaics or age of construction – the digital twin brings all this close to the city. By integrating game engines, the buildings can also be entered, explored, planned and measured. For citizens, the digital twin is a service that allows them to obtain their own initial assessments on various topics. Illigmann emphasizes: “Within the Smart City, the digital twin is our core element for information provision, visualization and simulation”.

Top 3: The local traffic app, makes traffic flow

The Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVG) gets the city moving. In the “MVG More” app, everyone can find the means of transport they need at the moment – fast, easy and multimodal. A map shows not only the stops in the entire Munich transport area, but also live departure times and all available CarSharing vehicles, e-charging stations or the nearest rental bike. “Environmentally friendly and sustainable” – this is how the city’s traffic is to develop, in order to make a significant contribution to the goal of CO2 reduction. “MVG More is the compass for road users through the variety of mobility offers in Munich,” says Illigmann.

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3D Informationsplattform

Digital Twin

MVG More App

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