Frankfurt is not making any progress with the smart city

EFrankfurt's local politicians could probably expect a similar assessment in other policy areas: the strategies have been written down and are promising, but it takes far too long to realize all the wonderful plans. The city has now cashed in on the unfortunate testimony for the topic of digitization. Again, how to add.

Inga Janovic

Editor in the regional section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and responsible editor of the business magazine Metropol.

Both the Bavarian-based management consultancy Haselhorst and the trade association have been investigating for several years Bitkomabout the state of digitization in German cities, which is often summarized under the term Smart City. Both have now published their results for this year. Their brief summary from the Hessian point of view: The most digital city in the state is and will remain Darmstadt, the small Bad Nauheim is a kind of insider tip, and Frankfurt does not get beyond the upper midfield.

There is also some progress in the Main metropolis with the expansion of the digital infrastructure, the online offers of the administration and the introduction of software for more intelligent traffic control. In the Bitkom study, the city even moved up 14 places to 33. But in a number of other municipalities things are going faster, according to the studies they are moving past the Hessians with more vigour.

Still low fiberglass

In this sense, the smart city ranking from Bavaria, which measures the progress on the way to becoming a smart city in percentages and uses ten fields of action from strategy and mobility to education and health, states that the degree of digitization in the city of Frankfurt within a year increased from 25.5 to 26.1 percent. In terms of strategy, infrastructure and digital mobility, the authors in Frankfurt even see a step backwards. In the Bitkom study, too, Frankfurt gets a point deduction for this, among other things, because there is a lot of broadband, but there is still little fiber optics in the house connections. According to the authors from Haselhorst, who evaluated tens of thousands of data from and about the municipalities, there was a little progress in the field of trade and economy, otherwise the city remained at the status quo of 2021. It has therefore not launched any new digital offers in the education sector, health care or in the energy sector for its citizens, and still rarely uses smart technologies for the energy sector or the operation of its buildings.

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