September 18, 2019

Data Alliance for Smart City Cooperation between Berlin and New York


New York University and Berlint will exchange research and application results within the framework of a so-called DA+B cooperation. DA+B stands for “Data, Artificial Intelligenceand Blockchain” and is intended to serve as a problem-solving tool for the smart city development of cities worldwide. As part of the “Visionary Cities and Integrated Solutions” conference, Kurt Becker, Vice Dean of New York University, Philipp Bouteiller for Tegel Projekt GmbH and Stefan Franzke as Managing Director of Berlin Partner signed an agreement to this effect on Monday in the presence of Berlin’s Senator for Economic Affairs Ramona Pop and Eric Adams, the Mayor of the New York borough of Brooklyn. The DA+B initiative is intended to create a joint platform for new urban development solutions, to generate application possibilities for this and, in particular, to help develop data-based solutions for urban spaces. Particular attention will be paid to the development of regulations to prevent the misuse and commercial exploitation of the data generated and, above all, to protect the privacy of citizens – an important aspect for the future development of smart cities. The agreement with New York University is part of a series of cooperations on smart city topics that Tegel Projekt GmbH has already arranged with partners in Tel Aviv, Eindhoven and the Canary Islands region. Senator for Economic Affairs, Energy and Operations Ramona Pop: “This cooperation agreement is a great opportunity for Berlin and New York. We want to learn from each other and develop solutions together for a better and greener city. Smart use of data will help us make transport flow more efficiently, optimise energy supply and make the city more liveable.” Philipp Bouteiller, Managing Director of Tegel Projekt GmbH, said: “Berlin and New York have been exchanging technology for a long time. With today’s agreement, we are giving further impetus to networking – to jointly develop solutions for efficient, citizen-friendly and future-proof cities. “Dr. Stefan Franzke, Managing Director of Berlin Partner for Business and Technology: “Growing metropolises like Berlin and New York face similar challenges. Both sides benefit from a close exchange: They shorten and accelerate the path to a liveable smart city.”

About Berlin’s Smart City Strategy

Smart City stands for a holistic view of all future issues that we will be dealing with in cities in the coming decades. It is about anticipating trends and developments in all areas that influence life in an urban environment. It is about developing concrete solutions to make our cities more efficient, healthier, sustainable, liveable and clean. In addition to the concrete benefits for citizens, climate protection, resource conservation and sustainability are of particular importance. There is a clear political commitment to Berlin as a smart city: in April 2015, the Berlin Senate adopted the “Smart City Strategy Berlin”. The goals of this strategy include expanding the international competitiveness of the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region, increasing Berlin’s resource efficiency and climate neutrality by 2050, and creating a pilot market for innovative applications.Berlin Partner for Business and Technology supports companies and projects on all smart city-related topics and acts as a central contact point in Berlin.

About the Berlin TXL project

Six months after the opening of the new international airport BER, Berlin-Tegel Airport will be closed. In the following years, a research and industrial park for urban technologies will be built on the site: Berlin TXL – The Urban TechRepublic and a new residential area: the Schumacher Quartier. The technologies developed and tested in the Urban Tech Republic will focus on what keeps the metropolises of the 21st century alive: the efficient use of energy, sustainable construction, environmentally friendly mobility, recycling, the networked control of systems, clean water and the use of new materials. Berlin TXL is currently a unique project in Europe – if not the world. For the German capital, the Berlin TXL project offers a great opportunity to take on a pioneering role in the international market for urban technologies of the future – a market whose turnover will double again in the next ten years to an annual volume of 5,400 billion euros.

Further information:

•Berlin TXL –The Urban Tech Republic: •Berlin TXL –Schumacher Quartier:

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September 18, 2019

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