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BMVIT's Programme "City of Tomorrow"

Already since the end of 2010, the BMVIT (Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology) and the Climate and Energy Fund have supported under joint sponsorship the development of strategies, technologies and solutions, which allow cities and their residents to transition to an energy-efficient and climate-friendly way of living and working and to improve the quality of life as well as that of the area as a business location. While the "Smart Cities Demo" programme puts emphasis on the support for comprehensive urban demonstration projects and project implementation, the new research and technology project "City of Tomorrow" is, based on the results of the previous programmes "House of the Future" and "Energy (Systems) of the Future," aiming for research and development of new technologies, technological (sub)systems and urban services for the city of the future.


Differentiation between the programmes  "Smart Cities Demo" and "City of Tomorrow"

The following overview shows the common aspects and differences between the Climate and Culture Fund’s “Smart Cities Demo” programme and the BMVIT’s research and technology programme called “City of Tomorrow.”

 City of TomorrowSmart Cities Demo
1. Common Aspects The Smart Cities issue is complex and requires various inputs from the research community. The two main pillars are the Climate Fund's "Smart Cities Demo" programme and the BMVIT's "City of Tomorrow" programme. The goal is to contribute significantly to the development of smart cities through coordinated and synchronized administration of both calls.
2. Difference
System Requirement
Focus on technologies or technological subsystems and on designing contributions to planning and process development as input for the development of smart cities. Focus on comprehensive city concepts, strategies and demonstration projects; no subsystems or individual technologies.
3. Difference
Primary Target Group
Technology players and research institutions. Occasional cooperation with communities possible. Cities and actors associated with demonstration projects. Continued cooperations possible.
4. Thematic Difference Clear thematic focus on:
  • System design and urban services
  • Built-in infrastructure
  • Technologies for urban energy systems
With regard to demonstration projects, aspects of energy and mobility are given precedence; no focus on individual technologies.
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