dksr in Practice

Do you need data-based solutions for your municipality? We can help you find and implement them.

In doing so, we build on the decades of combined experience of our consultants and developers.

In the following, you will find an insight into the projects that are currently being carried out with DKSR as a partner or that we have already successfully completed together with our customers.

Current partners

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Ongoing projects


Modelproject Smart City DATEN:RAUM:FREIBURG

On behalf of the city of Freiburg

Project partners: Bechtle and Virtual City Systems

Project goal: With the DATEN:RAUM:FREIBURG project, the city of Freiburg wants to make data from a wide variety of sources available in a bundled form in order to evaluate them and enable data-based applications. Know-How from different sectors will be brought together and thus be available e.g. for simulations. The DATEN:RAUM is thus intended to help with integrated urban development. For the first time, the city is using the possibility of an innovative award: The participating companies deliver partial results step by step, instead of being given concrete final results.

Our contribution: Together with the project partners Bechtle and Virtual City Systems, we are developing a prototype for the city of Freiburg to improve mobility control and traffic safety. By merging and evaluating various traffic data, this prototype enables conclusions to be drawn and measures to be taken for a people-friendly traffic environment.


Data Strategy for the Berliner Stadtreinigung (Berlin Waste Management, BSR)

On behalf of the Berliner Stadtreinigung

Project partners: Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering

Project objective: The objective of DKSR’s consulting project for the Berliner Stadtreinigung is the development of a cross-departmental BSR data strategy. BSR employees are involved in the process: in the creation of a uniform understanding of the actual and target state of data handling as well as in the design of suitable data governance and data management for the city cleaning department.

Our contribution: Together with Fraunhofer IAO, DKSR leads the process of data strategy development for the client. This includes the as-is analysis of data handling with the help of interviews, the identification of possible data-based use cases within BSR, the derivation of an IT architecture as well as the formulation of recommendations for action, and the creation of a roadmap for high-performance data organization.


Smart Region Strategy for the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region

On behalf of the Rhine-Neckar Regional Association

Project partners: Deutsche Telekom, City & Bits and dwif

Project goal: The goal of the Rhine-Neckar Regional Association project is to develop an integrated smart region strategy with a focus on smart sustainable tourism for the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. An important component of the strategy is the conceptualization of a data platform in order to create a basis for the successful testing of a data platform as well as for the piloting of concrete use cases.

Our service: Together with the project partners, we first conducted an analysis of the existing data ecosystem for the client. This is the basis for the conceptualization of a data platform as well as for the definition of possible use cases. For this purpose, we support the client in defining goals and developing criteria for measuring success. Together with the partners, we specify requirements for necessary data and a data platform, as well as a derived data architecture concept for the Rhine-Neckar region for an open data platform. On this basis, an implementation roadmap is developed.

Completed projects


Ideation Challenge Mönchengladbach

On behalf of the city of Mönchengladbach

Project goal: The goal of the Ideation Challenge Mönchengladbach was to conduct an idea competition for an implementation with a direct award for the winner as part of the innovative municipal award strategy. In this way, innovative collaborations were to be promoted in order to use data-based solutions of young (local) companies via the municipal data platform in a meaningful way.

Our contribution: We designed and implemented the Ideation Challenge in close collaboration with the client. In addition to the design of the structure, the process and the participation and evaluation criteria, the concept also included the supervision of participants and the organizational support of the competition. We also developed communication measures to accompany the competition in collaboration with Mönchengladbach and implemented them together with other multipliers from our network.

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KUDOS - Dashboard for micromobility

On behalf of the City of Cologne 

Project goal: Within the project “KUDOS – Dashboard for Micromobility”, the goal of the Cologne Urban Data Ecosystem KUDOS was to gain new insights into the use of data from data sources of the different partners by developing and implementing a concrete use case and to develop a better understanding of data platforms and their potential for the city.

Our contribution: via the DKSR Open Urban Data Platform, we were able to successfully link data from the KVB (sharing bikes, weather stations, stops) with that of RheinEnergie (electric scooters) and the City of Cologne (landmarks, events, parking garages, construction sites). We then evaluated the sharing services using a metric based on their positioning in the city as well as their standing time.


Market analysis of a modular data management system for data exchange, integration and evaluation

On behalf of the city of Stuttgart

Project partners: Fraunhofer FOKUS 

Project objective: The data management system of the state capital Stuttgart is to enable data to be made available for both external and internal access. Data from different applications should be used for local as well as global evaluation. The goal was therefore to conduct a market analysis to identify the best systems for use in the city administration.

Our service: We conducted a market analysis of three subsystems of an integrated data platform and developed a recommendation for each of them as well as a design for the interaction of the subsystems in the form of a reference architecture. This included developing a broad criteria catalog for each subsystem and conducting expert workshops together with Fraunhofer FOKUS.

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Open Source Urban Data Platform

On behalf of the Mainzer Stadtwerke AG subcontracted by the city of Mainz

Project goal: In the Open Source Urban Data Platform project with Mainzer Stadtwerke AG (MSW), we support the MSW team with our consulting services and the use of the DKSR Open Urban Data Platform in the development and application of digital solutions for the city of Mainz.

Our contribution: Together with MSW, we are developing several use cases as a proof of concept for the DKSR Open Urban Platform. The first of these is already in place: by linking data from Innogy charging stations and SCS ground sensors in Mainz, we want to optimize e-charging station occupancy in the city. Charging point occupancy and charging times are monitored; in the event of incorrect use, for example, a report is sent directly to the public order office. Other use cases, such as the monitoring of heavy rainfall events and the observation of parking space occupancy in real-time using sensors in vehicles, are being planned.

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Study: "Data Strategies for a Common Good-Oriented Urban Development"

On behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Project goal: The goal of the study was to provide the International Smart City Network (ISCN) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) with international technical know-how and best practices from the development and implementation of data strategies. In addition, the organizations will use the study in their consulting services for the German Federal Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (BMI) and in partner countries.

 Our contribution: For the study, we identified ten best practices for data strategies and data-driven policies in different cities around the world, including Sao Paolo, Melbourne, Hamburg, Montreal, and Seoul, and conducted structured interviews after researching the smart city experts and contact persons there. The result was an overview of the most important international debates on data strategies, on the basis of which we were able to formulate recommendations for action for cities and regions.

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