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 many years of 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.

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Recent Projects

Consulting: Service description Open Data Hub

On behalf of the district of Gießen

Project objective: The district of Giessen is a federally funded “Smart City Model Project”. The creation of a digitization strategy for the district – together with stakeholders from the region – is therefore a top priority.  In the future, part of the corresponding infrastructure will also be an Open Data Hub, which will be the basis for a cross-sectional project to bring together data from different areas of the region and thus take measures and create added value.

Our service: DKSR advises the district of Giessen to develop a needs-based performance specification for the procurement of the Open Data Hub. For this purpose, we conduct several virtual workshops to include all important preliminary conceptual considerations and prepare the results for the client. Technical specifications and the corresponding financial and expertise requirements are also developed and provided. At the end of the consulting process, a service description of the Open Data Hub is prepared based on the requirements of all important stakeholders in the district.

Proof of Concept for the Graz data ecosystem

On behalf of Holding Graz

Project Objective: Holding Graz plans to build and operate an urban data platform for better aggregation and management of various data from different systems and databases. In a proof of concept (PoC), mobility data is to be connected, standardized and processed for different purposes by a data platform. This is intended to create the basis for a scalable, modular data ecosystem with which the holding company can leverage efficiency potential for the city through holistic data management and tap into new digital business potential.

Our service: As part of the project, DKSR is implementing a proof of concept via the Open Urban Data Platform for the envisaged data ecosystem in Graz. Together with the client, we take stock of the existing (data) infrastructure, connect data sources as needed and visualize the data in a dashboard. We also design data reports in which the most important information about data processed via the platform is provided at a flexible query frequency.

Consulting & support to the International Smart Cities Network (ISCN), Berlin, of GIZ.

On behalf of the International Smart Cities Network (ISCN) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Project Goal: The ISCN currently consists of the core member countries Brazil, Mexico, Peru, India and Germany. Partner countries have the opportunity to share expertise and experiences in the field of smart cities through the network in various formats that DKSR is helping to support as part of the project. The aim is to jointly shape the digital transformation of cities in terms of sustainable and integrated urban development.

Our service: DKSR supports the ISCN in terms of content and organization in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of events of the network. This includes trend scouting, coordination of speakers, preparation of the agenda, moderation and follow-up of the events as well as management of the LinkedIn channel.

Use Case Development for the "Urban Regional Cockpit" Kärnten

On behalf of the association Zentralraum Kärnten+ with the cities of Klagenfurt, St. Veit and Villach (AT).

Project goal: The goal of the project with the cities of Klagenfurt, St. Veit and Villach of the Central Area of Carinthia is the development of two use cases: one for an intelligent parking guidance system to reduce travel times and emissions, one for the analysis of movement data, for example to observe commuter flows and to be able to design them more sustainably.

Our service: As DKSR, we support the customers with our consulting services in the development of the use cases. For this purpose, a one-day workshop was held on site with the municipal employees. In order to make the data more tangible in visualized form, we provide the customers with a dashboard for display via a test instance of the DKSR platform.

"Backend of Backends": Requirement specification for data transmission, processing and storage - "Deutschlandnetz" reporting requirement

On behalf of NOW GmbH 

Project partners: Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering 

Project goal: As part of the “Deutschlandnetz” project, the operators of approximately 8,800 HPC charging points tendered by the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport will be required to send automated monthly reports and near-real-time data to the National Charging Infrastructure Control Center. A new IT infrastructure is needed to transmit, process and store the data.

Our service: In order to create the basis for the development of the IT infrastructure for data transmission (“backend of backends” ) for the reporting obligation at the “Deutschlandnetz”, DKSR is working with Fraunhofer IAO to develop a concept of technical implementation options for the transmission, processing and storage of the data.

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Open Source Urban Data Platform

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

The project: 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 service: 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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Smart City Strategy Development and Participation Formats in Ilzer Land

On behalf of the municipality of Ringelai and ILE Ilzer Land e.V.

Project partners: atene KOM GmbH and Polidia

Project Objective: The objective of the project is to develop an individual Smart City strategy for the ILE Ilzer Land association of municipalities in order to support a strategic, integrated, sustainable and public welfare-oriented regional development. The concept is developed in interactive cooperation with the communities, experts and the population.

Our service: Together with atene KOM GmbH and Polidia, DKSR supports the ILE Ilzer Land with its data competence in an advisory capacity in the preparation, conceptual design, development and implementation of its smart city strategy. In addition, we advise the AG in the conception, organization, implementation and follow-up of various event formats and participate in the participation and consultation processes.

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 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

Data strategy for Berlin's municipal cleaning service (BSR)

On behalf of the Berliner Stadtreinigung

Project partner: Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering

Project objective: The objective of DKSR’s consulting project for Berliner Stadtreinigung was the development of a cross-departmental BSR data strategy. BSR employees were 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 service: Together with Fraunhofer IAO, DKSR led the data strategy development process for the client. This included 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 efficient data organization.

Model Project Smart City DATA:SPACE: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 taking advantage of the possibility of innovative contracting: The participating companies will deliver partial results step by step, instead of being given concrete final results.

Our service: 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.

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

On behalf of the International Smart Cities Network (ISCN) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Project Goal: The goal of the International Smart City Network (ISCN) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) was to provide international technical know-how and best practices from the development and implementation of data strategies with the study. 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 service: 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.

Platform migration and use case design

On behalf of Stadtwerke Karlsruhe

Project goal: The goal of the project was to move the data platform of Stadtwerke Karlsruhe from the running ui! systems to the DKSR Open Urban Data Platform as well as the definition of a suitable data-based use case for the city involving the city of Karlsruhe.

Our service: As DKSR, we migrated the Stadtwerke’s running systems to the DKSR OUP. Together with the customer, we analyzed the potential of different use cases for a possible implementation, based on the challenges of the city, and together we developed a concept for the selected use case “From Friedrichsplatz to smart Friedrichs-Oase”, which includes the planning of Karlsruhe’s Friedrichsplatz as a network node for citizens* and smart city.

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KUDOS - Dashboard for Micromobility

On behalf of the City of Cologne 

Project Goal: As part of 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 partners Kölner Verkehr-Betriebe AG (KVB), RheinEnergie AG and the City of Cologne by developing and implementing a concrete use case, thereby developing a better understanding of data platforms and their potential for the city.

Our achievement: Using the DKSR Open Urban Data Platform, we were able to successfully link data from 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.

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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 the implementation of a direct award with 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 service: 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.

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

In cooperation with Fraunhofer FOKUS / on behalf of the city of Stuttgart. 

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: In a market analysis, we considered 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.