(WINNER 2019) Sustainably improving the quality of life for citizens through technological innovation.

Bad Hersfeld is a medium-sized town which takes a proactive approach to its future development. The project ‘Smart City Bad Hersfeld’ connects the public administration with citizens and local businesses to solve common problems through technological innovation. This was realised by systematically implementing digital tools, understanding the city better and linking related topics together. For example, a digital parking guidance system means space can be used intelligently and makes it easier to find free spaces. Furthermore, the town builds public charging stations for electric cars. This links transportation to the topic of energy and the environment.

Smartboxes, developed by a local start-up, were installed along the highway. They collect data on noise, particulate matter and more, which gives the city the opportunity to make well-founded decisions in environmental management. Free and open Wi-Fi in the city centre allows everybody to use and contribute to the different services of the project. The administration itself further digitised internal processes, as well as external communication to become better equipped for the future. The Smart City project is centred around improving the quality of life for its citizens in a cooperative and sustainable way.


Thomas Fehling

Mayor of Bad Hersfeld