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Martin Wagner presents the approach Semizentral on Chinese-German Smart City Forum in Rüsselsheim

Nationwide there are three cities in South Hesse that are exceptional regarding their China-contacts. Rüsselsheim, Raunheim and Kelsterbach in the heart of the Rhine-Main region have unique locational advantages - especially for Chinese investors - with their intercommunal cooperation in the “Three wins” (“Drei gewinnt") project and the establishment of business contacts in China.

Now the Chinese-German Smart City Forum took place in Rüsselsheim and with its 80 participants, it marked an important milestone for the organizing “Three wins” region. Hesses Minister of Economic Affairs Tarek Al-Wazir congratulated the three cities Rüsselsheim, Raunheim and Kelsterbach for their exemplary and und unprecedented work of cooperation. Leading the way was the initiation of the city alliances with the three Chinese municipalities Hangzhou Jinggan, Chengdu Dayi and Chengdu Pixian in early 2013.

Structural changes of cities allows advancement on the way to the future

On the topic of smart cities the mayor of Kelsterbach, Manfred Ockel added: “we want to restructure our cities in an innovative way, so we can benefit from them tomorrow. The “Three wins” region successfully performed the transformation from a manufacturing to a high-tech location. IT solutions for the cities of the future are now the logical next steps, and here we see the cooperation with China as a very promising option.” Chinese metropolises often faces challenges resulting from rapid population growth and these challenges are often similar to the tasks that German cities has to undertake for the future energy balance, security and economy. Germany companies are already developing pioneering solutions for and in China. Today there are already smart technologies in use for water and energy supply, lighting and mobility control as specialist advisers to the Smart City Congress impressively presented.

During the Smart City Forum Prof Dr. Martin Wagner presented SEMIZENTRAL Germany – Infrastructure for smart cities as a concept for future cities.