Mega-trend Intelligent Infrastructure

Extensive technological measures are needed to overcome the challenges facing infrastructure; for example, mobility and energy supply. Advanced network technology is essential for a functioning City OS operating a smart city.


Advanced network tech is required for a functioning smart infrastructure. It includes technologies such as 5G, NFC and laser, but also energy transmission. Smart cities make use of information and communications technologies along with sensor networks to control the flow of goods, people and traffic as well as energy consumption and infrastructure utilisation.

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Autonomous systems

A wide variety of mobility solutions come under the heading of Connected Mobility. People can make use of various services seamlessly. Autonomous systems are self-driving cars and other autonomous systems for land and air.

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Energy supply

Energy supply, too, relies on smart infrastructure. Smart grids control the generation, consumption and storage of energy. A reliable and resilient energy system and uninterrupted access to energy are integral to modern life. The energy transition is making energy storage systems one of the greatest infrastructural challenges. Green IT is supporting energy conservation by means of suitable technologies as well as the optimisation of energy consumption and use of resources in the production, operation and recycling of technological devices.

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Mega-trend Intelligent Infrastructure and its macro-trends

As a long-term sign of change, each mega-trend emerges in the form of medium-term macro-trends. Depending on factors like technological development, research status and societal acceptance, the macro-trends need different lengths of time for mainstream adoption.

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