In this subproject we want to construct our own little Smart City in a true to scale model. The “Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung (ILS)” from Germany is one of our partners, which support us in the area of modern city planning.
Our city model should contain and clearly illustrate various technical innovations of a Smart City. For example the parking areas should automatically display, if they are free or not. This avoids the often long-lasting parking search in downtowns. Additionally, the fuel consumption of cars will be decreased and the city pollution minimized. Furthermore, important statistics of a city like air humidity should be constantly measured and monitored. For the realization we will use Arduino-platforms, which are equipped with several sensors, and integrate them in our model city.
Pupils can design and print houses for our model city with our 3D-printer on their own. Furthermore, they learn the handling with 3D-Modellingsoftware for example SketchUp. In addition to building the city and the Arduino-platforms we will develop with the pupils a web site, which will be the control center of our Smart City. The web site will show all measured city data and visualize them pleasant on a map.
A critical debate about several aspects of a Smart City can also be hold on the basis of our model. For example: Is a city because of a centralized networking more prone to hacker or terrorist attacks?