TDC and Cisco to deploy IoT solutions across Denmark
Today Cisco and TDC announce an ambitious IoT agreement that will facilitate rolling out intelligent solutions for waste disposal, traffic, lighting, parking, and air quality in Danish cities.
This week, Copenhagen is inaugurating its Smart Street Lab, which is an open lab based in the city center focused on digital solutions that will reduce CO2 emissions, enable smart parking, provide data on particle pollution, and install intelligent lampposts that adapt the light to the needs of the road users.
Behind the ground-breaking test lab are Danish IT service provider TDC and Cisco, two of the leading operators in the field of IoT in Denmark. Now, the two companies have signed an ambitious IoT agreement based on the work that Copenhagen is providing for other Danish cities and regions similar solutions in order to solve problems related to traffic, air pollution, and waste disposal.
Kathrine Forsberg, Senior Vice President at TDC Erhverv says:
"We have chosen to collaborate with Cisco as we collectively have the skills needed to offer a useful IoT architecture, so more Danish cities can become digital and reduce CO2 emissions and increase the sense of security for their citizens with the new solutions. We have Denmark’s most extensive digital infrastructure, both wired and mobile, which provides the best prerequisites for delivering intelligent smart city solutions to the Danes. Moreover, the timing is right as the technology of today has become so mature that we can create end to end solutions that are both environmentally and financially beneficial e.g. by monitoring water quality, preventing flooding and registering damage to the sewage system.”
Bas Boorsma, Director, IoT Northern Europe, Cisco:
"Copenhagen has been a fantastic partner in this project. In a short period of time their open approach has enabled us to transform our ideas to tangible IoT projects that are in use today. Together with TDC, we will enable other Danish cities to be part of this journey towards a digital city that benefits the environment and city life. By using an open IoT architecture, we can also ensure that new ideas and solutions can be customized to meet the needs of other cities that are interested in actively working with their own digitization.”
Copenhagen in digital city elite globally
Greater Copenhagen has played a key role in the development of the new smart city initiatives, in part due to their goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025. These initiatives will provide the citizens of Copenhagen a completely new insight into their city, enabling a more intelligent use of the city’s existing resources, which will strengthen its position as a global digital city leader.
Morten Kabell, Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs, City of Copenhagen:
"We have an ambition of becoming the world’s first carbon neutral capital by 2025. To achieve this goal we have launched a number of initiatives including investment in smart city technology. This now means we have a number of specific solutions enabled from the data received on pollution, traffic patterns and waste, which can improve the way we deliver services to the growing number of citizens, commuters and tourists who use the city. We are very pleased that Cisco and TDC have chosen to focus on Copenhagen as a test lab for smart solutions.”
Copenhagen is one of Cisco's global lighthouse projects for digital cities. This is also due to the large-scale project Denmark Outdoor Lighting Lab (DOLL) in Albertslund, in which TDC is also involved. One of the solutions tested at DOLL are intelligent lampposts that adapt the light to the needs of the road users.
IoT requires partnerships
Openness is a core principle of the IoT agreement between TDC and Cisco. This means that the specific solutions exclusively uses open standards to ensure that startups and others with a good idea, can use the IoT architecture to test and deploy new solutions, which in turn will benefit citizens and municipalities around Denmark.
Bas Boorsma, Director, IoT Northern Europe, Cisco:
"Many of the challenges cities face today are so complex that it is very rare that one single company is able to do the job alone. That is why our IoT agreement with TDC exclusively uses open standards, so that for instance startups with a good idea can access our infrastructure and architecture. Today, the pace of innovation within IoT and digitization is going so fast, that an open approach is the only viable way for cities to stay ahead of the curve and be able to leverage digital solutions that have not yet been developed."
Kathrine Forsberg, Senior Vice President at TDC Erhverv elaborates on the importance of working with external partners:
"IoT and digital city projects require new partnerships - not just between TDC and Cisco but across both private companies and the public sector. Part of the innovation will happen through co-creation. An example is our partnership with Leapcraft. It is a small Danish company, which supplies the sensors that Copenhagen Municipality uses to measure NOX, CO2 and particle pollution. They have, despite their modest size, been a key player in developing one of the solutions used, and they have, like everybody who is part of this project, agreed to use open standards with the highest level of security, ensuring the best possible conditions for future innovation. Furthermore they are capable of working directly with our solutions.”