Smart Cities

This article is a translation of the German IOTA Beginner’s Guide by Schmucklos.

Smart Cities

Use Cases

+CityxChange: European Smart City Consortium – IF

OBSR Foundation: Smart City Projects (Asia) – IF

Lidbot: Waste management – IF

Powerhouse Trondheim: Sustainable energy traceability – IF

peerOS: System platform for smart cities – Homepage

Smart Cities

In the coming decades, more and more people will move to urban areas. Already today, more than 50 % of the world’s people live and work in cities. That is why cities play a central role in meeting the challenges of climate change and demographic change. It is a matter of providing the right resources at the right time within the city – whether it is food, energy or consumer products. Energy and water supply, mobility and communication technologies are becoming increasingly interconnected. They interact with each other to meet people’s needs. Cities with such smart infrastructures are called “smart cities.”

Source: IOTA Foundation

The collective term “smart city” describes ideas and concepts aimed at making cities more efficient and thus more climate-friendly as well as more livable through the use of modern technology. To achieve these goals in growing cities, products, services, processes and infrastructures are needed that are supported by highly integrated and interconnected information and communication technologies. That means systems need to understand in real time how billions of processes come together, how they interact, and what needs to be done to make it all work. Computers must learn what people need, like, do, and how they move from one place to another.

In the smart city, the entire urban environment can be equipped with sensors. An “Internet of Everything” is created that can make all the collected data available. City dwellers and the technology that surrounds them interact permanently with each other.

The following areas can benefit from intelligent networks in a smart city:

Governance, politics and administration

Smart Governance aims to make local measures as well as planning and decision-making processes more transparent and to ensure citizen-oriented political decision-making through strong involvement of citizens in urban development processes.

Mobility and infrastructure

Smart mobility is characterized by being energy-efficient, with low emissions, safe and cost-effective. Existing infrastructure is improved by using information and communication technologies to create intelligent traffic management systems.


Smart energy is the intelligent networking of energy generation, energy conversion, energy storage, energy transmission and consumption control. The increasingly decentralized energy supply with local energy converters such as wind, solar, hydro and biogas power plants must also be integrated.

Environment and resources

Sustainable use of renewable resources and minimal use of non-renewable resources, smart water management and waste management.

Economic attractiveness

Smart economy refers to the increase in economic productivity through networking of a wide variety of actors at local, regional and global levels.

Citizen-friendly administration

Digital public administration, e-services for citizens.


Building management, access authorizations, intelligent building technology, waste management.

What makes IOTA the ideal partner for a smart city?

IOTA is made for smart cities because of its broad variety of partnerships. IOTA also has important experience in the development of digital energy and data markets. IOTA combines in its technology everything that smart city ecosystems need. By combining real-world sensor data collection, smart contracts, zero-fee transfer of data and value, high scalability, and immutable storage in the Tangle, the technology has all the properties needed to become the backbone of any smart city.

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Last Updated on 16. February 2021