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Smarter Together Site Munich

Country & City

  • Germany
  • München

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The Munich lighthouse demonstration area within the SMARTER TOGETHER project is located at the western edge of the city, and includes both the large urban redevelopment area Neuaubing-Westkreuz and the flagship new development area Freiham, set to become a model of low-carbon development for up to 20 000 new residents and 7 500 new jobs. With the aid of cutting-edge technology and the intelligent use of data, Munich’s objectives are to cut CO2 emissions by more than 20 %, raise the use of renewable energy to above 20 % and increase energy efficiency by more than 20 %. Neuaubing-Westkreuz/Freiham aims to be CO2-neutral by 2050.

* Detailed information regarding the technical and financial performance will be available at a later stage.

Within the SMARTER TOGETHER project, Munich strives to:

  • refurbish an area of 42 000 m²  in order to reduce energy consumption;
  • develop 109 kWp photovoltaic system and install a battery storage, both connected to the virtual power plant;
  • construct multimodal mobility stations with multifunctional district sharing boxes that increase e-mobility and serve as exchange and delivery stations for goods;
  • install smart street lamps that consume less energy and facilitate new services;
  • implement open, secure and city-wide smart data platform acting as a virtual data backbone for collecting city data in the domains of mobility, energy, urban living and crowd data.
  • measure and collect temperature and humidity data in up to 400 flats in the redevelopment area via smart home solution and provide users  with an individual and secured access to their collected data via a mobile app (Wohlfühl-App);
  • widen the use of the offerings described above.

Within the SMARTER TOGETHER project, the city of Munich will invest a total of EUR 20 million in the district. The EU will fund the project with EUR 6.85 million. The estimated savings amount to 2785 MWh of primary energy per year and an annual reduction of 971 tonnes of CO2.

Regulatory & Administrative

Regulatory & Administrative
Encountered barriers

With regards to the new lampposts, due to city internal administrative standards, the project had to assure that they have a comparable external design like the existing ones.

The team designed a new intelligent lamppost that internally complies with the technical requirements of a new generation of intelligent lampposts. From the external design it can almost not be distinguished from any standard lamppost used in Munich.

Best Practices

Best Practices



The implementation of the new lampposts with innovative sensors that measure environmental and/or traffic related issues, require the involvement, on one side,  of internal stakeholders engaged in the planning and building process, and on the other -  the engagement of citizens, companies and experts, and administration.

Involving the citizens into the overall project activities in Munich was a crucial aspect in the SMARTER TOGETHER project. As local citizens are also potentially one of the main user groups of the generated data by the lampposts, it is important to engage them and to ask them about their expectations, ideas or needs. To address this issue the Technical University of Munich organized three collaboration workshops together with experts and citizens to develop and concretise ideas on which data should be generated by the sensors inside the lampposts. Another reason was to raise acceptance among the local residents. The results of the workshops were presented in the form of recommendations for the City of Munich to the local residents.

To communicate with the citizens, the project additionally used local newspapers, website, and a Smart City Interest Group - open group of interested people/companies/start-ups that are invited to meet on a regular base (e.g. twice a year) to exchange interesting news concerning learnings or new opportunities in the Munich smart city approach. Furthermore, the team will create a local citizen team to keep in touch with the citizens that were involved in the co-creation phase.

On the other hand, the team has to engage potential companies and experts for the sensors, which should be implemented in the lampposts, in order to achieve suitable solutions. Therefore SMARTER TOGETHER is present at many events to discuss this issue with the target group of experts since the beginning of the project. It’s a permanent process of ideas and feedback. To address the target group of potential companies, they are also working on an open call, which will be published after the lampposts are built, to be able to show a “living” example.

To complete this process they have also met with experts from the city administration of Munich to identify opportunities within the sensors and to discuss which data could be interesting or helpful.





The preparation of the open call for innovative solutions based on the lampposts infrastructure and sensors is challenging as it has to be fully compliant with local regulations. The standard regulations foresee an official tender (in case e.g. a city wants to buy a well specified device or service) but do not precisely describe in detail the legal requirements when dealing with an open call that only offers the possibility to start-ups and other companies to test their innovative equipment like sensors in a city-owned infrastructure (such as lampposts) for a dedicated period of time (without an agreement to buy any of the tested equipment after the testing period) and share the raw data. 


* Detailed information regarding the technical and financial performance will be available at a later stage.

The planned implementations in Munich are:

Energy efficiency in buildings

  • Retrofitting the building envelope
    • Holistic rehabilitation of housing stock in public and private ownership (energy-efficient, high-standard renovation of 42 000 m2 floor space), while preserving current rent levels

Energy systems integration

  • District heating and cooling
    • Construction of low-energy districts based on renewable district heating (geothermal and low-temperature district heating) and renewable energy
  • Near-to-surface geothermal energy
  • Smart street lighting
  • Smart lamppost connected to the urban data platform, which be available in two versions - 10 m for usage on road side and 3 m in green spaces and public parks. This should lead to more public services in the district, support safety, reduce energy consumptios. The lamps will offer sensor-based innovative solutions within the lighting infrastructure such as adaptive lighting, parking, free WiFi, etc. 
Mobility & transport: 
  • Clean fuels and fuelling infrastructure
    • Construction of multimodal mobility stations to increase the use of e-mobility and serve as exchange and delivery stations for goods
    • Integration of 2 charging stations in lamp posts
  • Electric, hybrid and clean vehicles
    • E-trikes and cargo pedelecs in bike sharing scheme
  • Car sharing
    • Provision of e-cars for an existing car-sharing scheme. 
  • Urban data platform
    • Upgrade of the city platform into a smart data platform
    • It will be the basis for a holistic view of city data and will be operated under the trustworthy control of the public authority to offer security and quality. The platform will receive data, for example, from the sensor infrastructure installed with the open urban labs, and from sensors used within the smart home solutions of the refurbished flats, and can be used for developing smart services. To address the necessary regulations a so-called "data gatekeeper" concept is developed. It defines common usage, legal aspects (data privacy and security), operations and management process. The concept builds a framework for a trustworthy and open solution and is used as a blueprint to support replication and the development of an ecosystem of smart services.
    • Creation of integrated infrastructures for smart data management platforms and smart services (e.g. intelligent lamp posts, local goods distribution centres, shared economic services, apps, etc.).
    • Installation of 400 plug and play smart home solutions and connection to the data platform
  • Mobile applications for citizens
    • Smart city application giving access to services developed within the project, as well as standard functions like authentication, payment and access control. The app connected will allow users with smart home solutions to observe their individual data and to compare their own measured data with the average of the measured results of all project participants.