• Project description

Planting trees in the neighborhood

Urban planning is a complicated undertaking that needs not only to be agreed upon by many participants but also to consider existing infrastructure. A classic desire of residents is to make their surroundings greener, however trees can’t be planted just anywhere due to their root growth. How tall trees grow is also often underestimated and without regular care, this can lead to unwanted shade or conflicts with houses and overhead lines. Not least, not every tree can grow in every region: No matter how much someone in Hamburg wants an avenue lined with palm trees, they would be difficult to preserve. Our interactive tool shows users how a tree would look at what height, where it would cast its shade at what time of day and what the others living on that street think about having it there. And it’s practical: Unfeasible locations can’t even be selected.

The system provides real-time feedback on feasibility and potential restrictions. This application was developed as part of the smarticipate project and is available to communities now.

Smart living

For the elderly, falls can have severe consequences or even be caused by illness. In both cases, rapid assistance is essential -- yet many people live alone and, after a fall, are unable to call for help themselves. Our smart floor is a sensor that measures these kinds of falls in the home. If the all-clear is not given by the person getting back up, the smart floor notifies listed family members who can then come check on the fallen person’s well-being. The smart floor can also be combined with other smart facilities, such as the front door. In an emergency, it can be unlocked automatically so emergency personnel don’t lose valuable time.


The Internet provides magnificent services to us but it’s also a breeding ground for criminals. Eventually, we give away sensitive private information, often without even knowing it. Cybersecurity experts specialize in preventing attacks or, in emergencies, finding quick solutions. But the sheer enormity of online traffic is barely comprehensible to human senses. This is why we help put this flood of big data in order and visually process it for the pros so they can focus on the things that require their undivided attention.

Planning a playground together

Maybe you share a yard with your neighbors or maybe you want to turn an unused piece of land into a playground? To keep the playground equipment around for the long term, it makes sense to go over a few things before making a purchase -- and to do so along with the neighbors or other interested parties. Our tool shows the benefits and drawbacks of slides, jungle gyms, etc. On this shared platform, residents can act as playground planners and transparently suggest their preferred solutions, then comment on and discuss or coordinate the ideas -- maybe the discussion will even lead to an entirely new idea?

This application was developed as part of the smarticipate project and is suited for various urban development scenarios.

Mobility for older people

Old age often means restrictions in mobility. Many seniors don’t even like getting behind the wheel anymore but calling a cab for every shopping trip or appointment would be too expensive in the long run. We’re looking for concepts that fit into people’s everyday lives. By networking within a community, these kinds of trips can be automatically scheduled. The smart building knows the needs of its residents and organizes a means of transport to get all residents where they need to go, whether to a doctor’s appointment or to the theater.

Warning about pollen levels

With spring comes joy… and pollen. People with allergies can often take little pleasure in this season of bloom. We’re working on a visual solution that shows pollen levels to allergy-sufferers in an uncomplicated way. This will make it possible to avoid hot spots and, by including the wind, to even predict when the next pollen cloud will come billowing down the street.