Smart City Hartberg

Hartberg is an example of a small smart city that is reproducible through a comprehensive set of coordinated and adapted measures. The urban area of and surrounding Hartberg includes a mature, coherent and compact surface with about 11,000 inhabitants. Its character is comparable with many other cities of this size: historical downtown, commercial and business areas located in the suburbs, recreational areas, large green space, etc.


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The town of Hartberg has long been committed to sustainable development. Now it shows why the smart city concept is attractive for small regions as well.Compact, with some 11

Città Slow Hartberg demonstrates Smart City

The city vision of Hartberg is inspired and influenced by the cultural trend called “Citta Slow.” This movement addresses the improvement of the urban quality of life while a rapid pace of life and homogenization, which exist especially in (large) urban areas, are being avoided. A respective comprehensive roadmap and a policy plan for medium-term CO2 -neutrality were developed through the efficient use of local resources within the city and the neighboring municipalities.


Contrary to Hartberg, the framework for demonstration of a smart city is very different for large cities. There are differences with regard to sustainable traffic solutions, the policy for decentralized energy generation, the scope and complexity of opportunities for a demonstration, the available resources (human capital, energy, finances, time, buildings, infrastructure, infrastructure resources etc.), the process of participation by residents & stakeholders, economic structures, economic philosophy, etc. Thus, very different approaches are required.

Planned Objectives:

The main objective is the demonstration of a smart section in the inner city of Hartberg (historical center) as highly frequented “heart of small cities,” using extraordinary demonstration projects in order to advance this development to the neighboring areas:

  • Establishment of a new, smart demonstration-building complex
  • Intelligent restoration of the city hall under heritage protection
  • Establishment of an intelligent biomass-based long-distance heating system
  • Realization of  a “semi-smart grid” solution for power supply
  • Comprehensive interactive stationary and mobile city communication and information system
  • Introduction of car sharing, shared spaces & real-time traffic information
  • Presentation of a demonstration project of small cities for e-mobility
  • Development of suitable business models for power, heat, mobility, real estate etc.

Desired Results and Findings

A bottom-up and an interdisciplinary approach allows for an integrated, coordinated and equally-balanced bundle of executable measures with repeated inclusion of all relevant stakeholders and residents.
This methodology should lead to the following results:

  • Intelligent demonstrations based on a living lab
  • References for Austrian companies/ stakeholders
  • Experiences and recommendations for actions for additional intelligent implementations
  • Creation of  comprehensive dissemination & participation material
  • Expanded network of experts
Project data – Implementation project of the 2nd Call 2011
Project start: 01.09.2012
Project end: 31.08.2016
Approved funding: € 537.600,–
Total project costs: € 1.285.353,–
Stadtgemeinde Hartberg (Konsortialführer)
Forschungsgesellschaft Mobilität –  Austrian Mobility Research FGM –  Amor gemeinnützige Gesellschaft m.b.H.
Eaton Industries (Austria) GmbH
Interdisziplinäres Forschungszentrum für  Technik, Arbeit und Kultur (IFZ)
B.I.M. Beratung und Informationsverarbeitung im Mobilitätsbereich – Frantz, König und Schallaböck OG
Stadtwerke Hartberg Verwaltungs Gesellschaft m.b.H.
4ward Energy Research GmbH
Hartberg Standortentwicklung und Immobilien GmbH
KELAG Wärme GmbH
DI Mag. Pilz Thomas

Hartberg in den Medien 2012


Project lead

Ing. DI Dr. Manfred Tragner
4ward Energy Research GmbH

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