Apart from Cologne, Barcelona and Stockholm, other EU cities involved in the Horizon 2020 Lighthouse Projects include Nottingham and Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Stavanger (Norway), Eskisehir (Turkey) and Valladolid (Spain)
Apart from Cologne, Barcelona and Stockholm, other EU cities involved in the Horizon 2020 Lighthouse Projects include Nottingham and Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Stavanger (Norway), Eskisehir (Turkey) and Valladolid (Spain)
Apart from Cologne, Barcelona and Stockholm, other EU cities involved in the Horizon 2020 Lighthouse Projects include Nottingham and Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Stavanger (Norway), Eskisehir (Turkey) and Valladolid (Spain)

In Europe, Internet of Things (IoT) analytics provider AGT International has announced that it will be working with the city of Cologne in Germany to show how cities can become smarter through technology.

AGT will be joining several companies involved in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Lighthouse Projects. Through the project, the EU is trying to ensure that smart solutions for cities can be explored, implemented and replicated.

The Swiss IoT analytics company will be working on one of three ‘lighthouse projects’ funded under Horizon 2020 last year.

Cologne is one of three cities under the GROWSMARTER project alongside Barcelona in Spain and Stockholm in Sweden to showcase 12 smart city solutions in order to encourage uptake in other cities and communities.

The solutions cover the areas of low energy districts, integrated infrastructures and sustainable urban mobility, and include a ‘deep’ retrofitting approach for buildings from the 60s and 70s, introducing vehicles fueled from alternative sources and smart traffic management.

The project has the potential to achieve a 60 per cent saving in primary energy consumption costs, and reduction in emissions from buildings and traffic. The project is projected to create the equivalent of 1,500 jobs across Europe.

Advanced IoT analytics

AGT will provide the project with advanced analytics to support the construction and maintenance of low energy-consumption neighbourhoods, integrated infrastructures for waste and energy.

Its analytics services will also extend to creating sustainable mobility including smart traffic management and electric vehicles.

Mati Kochavi, CEO of AGT International said: “We believe that IoT analytics are an essential part of building the city of the future and will give municipal leaders and citizens the tools to harness an incoming tidal wave of IoT data for improved and new services.

Mayor Jürgen Roters of the City of Cologne added: “Cologne is a city in transition, and we look forward to the results from this forward-thinking project. Cologne is paving the way for an advanced urban infrastructure."