Cisco launches project to make Berlin a smart city

Cisco is working with Berlin’s Senate Department of Economics, Technology and Research on a project to turn the German capital into a smart city.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding announced by the IT firm, the parties will cooperate in the areas of telemedicine, security and network infrastructure. The aim is to develop specific solutions in these three fields that directly benefit the citizens of Berlin.

For example, a new health platform will allow practitioners and specialists, hospitals and emergency services to exchange data (after receiving consent from each patient).

A similar platform will allow public safety and emergency services such as police, fire brigades and hospitals to communicate and respond faster to situations. This platform will also integrate weather, traffic and environmental data so that public services have the information they need in emergencies.

Lastly, Cisco wants to bring together the companies and organisations already driving their own digitisation by developing a horizontal networking infrastructure that will be open to all companies and public sector agencies in Berlin. This will include security and analytics capabilities and the ability to integrate software directly into the network.

The project is part of Cisco’s ‘Deutschland Digital‘ initiative, announced earlier in March, in which Cisco is planning to invest $500m in Germany’s digitization over a period of three years to help accelerate projects in the fields of innovation, IT security and education.

Oliver Tuszik, head of Cisco Germany, described digitisation as “a great opportunity” for Berlin.

 

Oliver Tuszik, head of Cisco Germany, described digitisation as “a great opportunity” for Berlin.

“By signing this Memorandum of Understanding, we want to contribute to improving the quality of life for all citizens and give the Berlin economy an additional boost,” he said.

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