What does the geospatial sector contribute to smart cities?

Geomnibus Newsroom
May 29, 2020


Municipal authorities are well aware when autumn starts. In the future, they will also know exactly where in a city each and every tree is located, its height and trunk diameter, and even the amount of leaves it will shed – useful information from a waste disposal perspective. This is just one example of a geodata-based smart city application that Professor Thomas H. Kolbe can cite. “Smart cities require information from various sources – and geodata provides the structure for this by breaking it down into a spatial representation,” he explains. Kolbe is a geoinformation specialist at the Technical University of Munich and firmly believes geodata will ensure tomorrow’s cities are pleasant to live in, run both efficiently and sustainably, and provide better services for their inhabitants.

Digital twins for infrastructure projects, 3D city models and smart sensor technologies will be indispensable to cities in the future as the foundation for smart solutions. A further challenge lies in providing the necessary data. This is not as openly available in Germany as in other countries, but it is also vital in preparing cities for the future. Such data is the only way to create platforms that are open to everyone – anytime and anywhere.


Smart Cities: Geodata provides the basis – Opinion Leader Interview with Prof. Thomas H. Kolbe (Geoinformation specialist at the Technical University of Munich)

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