In the new ZIM network “risKI – Resilience, Integrity and Security of Municipal Infrastructures”, small and medium-sized enterprises work together with research institutions in funded R&D projects on solutions to lead the infrastructure of municipalities and counties into a sustainable future.
Urban infrastructures are characterized above all by their long economic life and their high expenditure of gray energy. Buildings and sports facilities, roads and bridges, broadband and power grids, drinking water and wastewater supplies, and the public spaces of our cities are all examples of the fundamental infrastructures of social life and economic activity in our communities that last for decades.
From their long-term design comes the particular challenge of keeping pace with the requirements of climate change and the sometimes rapid social and technological developments. Innovative applications for energy saving, -optimization and -generation have to be developed to reduce the environmental burden in the CO²-intensive building sector and infrastructure facilities and to enable a life cycle consideration of ecological as well as economic factors. Heat waves, droughts and heavy rains not only call for new solutions for monitoring and maintaining networks, building fabric and vegetation, but also put people at risk. With a higher number of very old people and people with disabilities who want to move safely and self-determined in the urban space, or with the Covid 19 pandemic, equally completely new fields of application for the use of innovative technologies are opening up. Technical solutions such as spatial digital twins or the use of artificial intelligence promise to increase security in urban spaces and open up new possibilities in disaster prevention and emergency response.
Initial project approaches from the network focus on:
Development line 1: Monitoring and maintenance of infrastructures
Development of predictive maintenance applications based on highly integrated sensor data
Development of an integrated platform for monitoring and displaying emission pollution in real time
Innovative applications for energy saving, optimization and generation for infrastructure facilities and the building sector
Development line 2: New requirements in civil protection and hazard prevention
Development of solutions for hazard prevention, disaster control and pandemic management
New applications for vulnerable groups of people
Development of secure data service structures according to European standards
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