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With a view from above: a digital twin for the neighbourhood

Currenta supports the "Smart Industrial City" initiative of the city of Dormagen with three terabytes of data.

Currenta supports the "Smart Industrial City" initiative of the city of Dormagen with three terabytes of data.
<p>Dormagen, a sustainable residential and business location: Together with the Stadtmarketing- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Dormagen (SWD), Currenta has been working on the vision of a "Smart Industrial City" for several years. For this purpose, SWD is developing its own digital twin of the city based on high-resolution aerial photographs and 3D models created from them. Currenta handed over three terabytes of such data to SWD and the city at the end of last year, thus donating the basis for building the digital Rhine city.</p> <p>The data was generated by Currenta's own project of the digital Chempark twin. In the summer of 2022, Currenta had commissioned a specialised service provider for aerial photography and 3D models to record new high-resolution data of Chempark Dormagen, capturing part of the Dormagen city area in high-resolution images: Dormagen-Mitte and -Nord, Horrem, Hackenbroich and, with a view to the 650th anniversary celebrations, the Zons customs fort. "It was important to us to create added value for our municipal neighbour. Once the plane is in the air and collecting data, it makes sense in the context of a good partnership to ask beforehand what data the SWD can support. After a brief internal review, the question was clarified and the areas of particular interest were defined," says Olaf Sakowski of Currenta, pleased with the successful support.</p> <p>André Heryschek, Head of Structural Change and Smart City at SWD, emphasises the importance of the data donation for the city's digitalisation strategy: "With the digital twin, we are developing an innovative communication and planning tool into which we have already integrated visitor frequency data for the city centre and fictitious 3D models for the sugar factory site and the Top West expansion area on a trial basis over the course of the last two years. This year, we are mainly working on developing a user interface for politicians and interested citizens, so that the results can be made available to the general public. The digital twin has a lot of potential for the further development of Dormagen into a smart industrial city. For example, it should make city planning and tourism location marketing more digital and attractive. Dormagen's mayor Erik Lierenfeld is aware of the importance of the data on his city's path towards becoming a smart industrial city and is pleased about the support and good cooperation: "The data material helps us enormously to further develop the city's 'digital twin'. I would therefore like to thank Currenta for the donation. Our goal is to bring this future technology into concrete use for citizens before the end of this year."</p> <p>Currenta itself uses the data for its own digital twin. Here, the experts at the chemical park use it primarily for site and infrastructure planning. But customers and employees also benefit from the digital twin via integration in the Chempark geodata portal GEOPARK. Due to the versatile usability of the data, it is also integrated into the Chempark Arena, which is available to interested visitors at the central visitor reception in the Chempark Leverkusen and to interested citizens at the Chempunkt neighbourhood office in Dormagen.</p>

City equips itself against heavy rain and flash floods with sensors in the sewer system

The technical solution should help the municipality to act more proactively.

The technical solution should help the municipality to act more proactively.
<p>Streets that become raging torrents during heavy rainfall because the sewage system cannot absorb the amount of water: Images like these are closely linked to the devastating storm in the summer of 2021, which devastated parts of NRW and claimed several lives. Since this experience at the latest, municipalities everywhere have been preparing themselves to better cope with such extreme weather situations. &nbsp;"We can't influence the weather, but we can create a kind of advance warning system with technical solutions so that we can act with more foresight," explains Thomas Wedowski, operations manager at Technische Betriebe Dormagen (TBD).</p> <p>The technical solution consists of sensors. Currently, the first of a total of 30 sensors are being installed in street inlets - so-called sinks - throughout the city. In a pilot operation, the TBD will then test several application scenarios together with the Stadtmarketing- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Dormagen (SWD) in the context of the Smart Industrial City, which will help to improve processes and make savings.</p> <p>"Routinely, the cleaning of the approximately 9,200 sinks in the urban area takes place several times a year, especially at the end of the year when the leaves fall from the trees. Over the study period of more than a year, we expect to gain insights into whether the current cleaning intervals can be optimised," explains Moritz Rechenberger, Head of Urban Drainage at TBD. Another effect is that overflow events during rainfall can be read from the measurement data. From this, in turn, measures can be derived in the best case that could increase the resilience of the infrastructure during heavy rainfall.</p> <p>The sensors record the level of the sinks at defined intervals. The data is transmitted via LoRaWAN gateways - radio networks - to the TBD's sewer information system and, in the further course, also to the Urban Data Platform (UDP), which is currently being prepared for this purpose. The aim is to identify correlations between environmental characteristics and filling velocities of the sinks.</p> <p>"Within the UDP, we then want to bring the measurement data together with other data sets. These include weather data or Rhine level gauges, for example. The combination of all data should help us to better manage heavy rainfall events locally. From the totality of data from sensors, weather data and heavy rain hazard maps, areas at risk of flooding can be better defined in the future. As a result, early sensitisation of the population and emergency services is possible," says André Heryschek, Head of Structural Change and Smart City at SWD, giving an insight into the practical benefits of the data model.</p> <p>Kanal-Netz GmbH from Meerbusch is accompanying the pilot project. Managing Director Elisabeth Schloten is looking forward to being able to use the data for possible AI models. The project is supported by CHEMPARK operator CURRENTA, which will also be contributing its own data from groundwater and Rhine level measuring stations as the project progresses. "We are sharing data with each other and, of course, also the insights gained from the pilot project, so that all sides will benefit," emphasises SWD Smart City Manager Christoph Reitenberger.</p>

Radio relay could bring industrial area to the fast network

The SWD Entrepreneurs' Breakfast focused on skilled workers and alternative solutions for Internet supply.

The SWD Entrepreneurs' Breakfast focused on skilled workers and alternative solutions for Internet supply.
<p>The Stadtmarketing- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Dormagen (SWD) and the Helot company now jointly invited entrepreneurs to a breakfast in Hackenbroich. This is where the headquarters of the traditional Cologne-based company are located at Kruppstrasse 21. The new administration building in cool industrial style was inaugurated and occupied in summer 2019. Even then, the plan was to introduce the company to the neighborhood as part of the SWD entrepreneurs' meeting. Then came the pandemic, now the plan has been put into action.</p> <p>Helot Managing Director Marius Stoffels welcomed the 25 or so guests, tradespeople from Hackenbroich, Mayor Erik Lierenfeld, SWD Managing Director Michael Bison and staff from the Economic Development Department, to the large community room with kitchenette. "We are very happy here at the location and still feel very welcome," Stoffels emphasized. In addition to the suitable property, the uncomplicated bureaucratic support from the city administration was another factor in favor of the move from Cologne to Dormagen at the time. This is a real location factor, according to Lierenfeld: "We are proud of the fact that companies generally only have to wait a few weeks for approval. The Helot example shows that such factors can be decisive for companies when it comes to the attractiveness of a business location."</p> <p>Halls and workshops on the site indicate that Hackenbroich is home to the company's headquarters as well as its Cologne-Düsseldorf branch - one of four throughout Germany. Helot's business model is to provide mobile heating and air-conditioning systems for a wide range of occasions, from high-profile political events such as the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in June this year, the major equestrian event CHIO in Aachen, to supplying entire cities from lightweight halls currently being erected in Berlin for Ukrainian war refugees. The logistics and maintenance work behind around 800 projects and 8,000 rentals a year became clear during the tour of the company.</p> <p>Exchange and impetus are what the SWD Entrepreneurs' Breakfast is all about. It takes place in turn in four Dormagen business parks and is always well attended.&nbsp;&nbsp;"We use the format to present our services as an economic development agency, but even more so to hear in casual conversation what topics and issues are driving the local economy," explains Michael Bison. One current pain point is the shortage of skilled workers, which the SWD is trying to counter with advice and networking at the transition from school to work. At SWD, Franziska Gräfe is responsible for formats such as the "Date your job" training fair and the online jobs portal www.jobkomm-dormagen.de. She promoted the use of both locally focused offerings at the entrepreneurs' breakfast.</p> <p>André Heryschek, Head of Structural Change and Smart City at SWD, took aim at another pressing problem facing tradespeople in Hackenbroich. There is no fast Internet between Bergiusstrasse, Roggendorferstrasse, Kruppstrasse and Ottostrasse. To optimize coverage there, directional radio could be a solution. Options are currently being examined. "For companies that move larger amounts of data and don't want to wait for a fiber-optic connection, this would open up an alternative," says Heryschek.</p>

#CURCW22: Successful Hackathon Made in Dormagen

Turning complexes into hacks - the first Currenta Coding Weekend in Zons showed how quickly problems can become digital solutions.

 

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Turning complexes into hacks - the first Currenta Coding Weekend in Zons showed how quickly problems can become digital solutions. Three challenges, ten teams, five prizes - but only winners. The first Currenta Coding Weekend brought a lot of smiles to faces.
<p>Turning complexes into hacks. The participants in the first Currenta Coding Weekend demonstrated how technical tricks can turn complex problems into feasible solutions. From October 28 to 30, they first turned the Zonser Nordhalle into an ideas laboratory for 48 hours and then convinced the jury with tangible solutions. Pitches and the award ceremony formed the finale of an eventful weekend. In the end, there was enthusiasm on all sides, challenges with real profit and a clear goal: the future!</p> <p>Pumps, pitches, prizes: Challenges turn ideas into real solutions</p> <p>Better predicting and monitoring pump and plant failures, sharing resources and using them more efficiently, using pumped water storage for sustainable power generation where it's not actually possible - what sounds like the future and theory, the teams in the total of three challenges turned into implementable codes and real models.</p> <p>"It was amazing how you dug into these complex problems within 48 hours, it was really impressive," said Currenta engineer Daniel Toennessen in praise of the participants and the results they achieved at the closing event. The five-member jury was so impressed by the solutions that it divided the prize money for the third, open challenge among several teams. Currenta organized the Coding Weekend together with the Industry Hub Dormagen and the Smart Industrial City team of the Dormagen Economic Development Corporation. This shows how well the public sector and industry are working together on issues of the future.</p> <p>The €5,000 prize for the first challenge went to the start-up laizee.ai, which has programmed a software prototype to predict plant failures and thus detect damage and anomalies in real time. Another 5,000 euros went to the team InItToWinIt, which was able to convince with a solution that not only predicts pump failures, but in further steps also automatically determines which pump would be the most cost- and energy-efficient replacement.</p> <p>In the third, open challenge, which offered room for particularly innovative ideas, the jury awarded Industry Analytics (2,000 euros) and Good Chem (1,500 euros) to two teams that, on the one hand, also developed a smart alarm prototype for plants, but also programmed a platform that enables the sharing of logistics, services and equipment from the various plants at Chempark to use resources more efficiently and share them with one another in the spirit of sustainability.</p> <p>Great pitches mean tough decisions for the judges: SWD Managing Director Michael Bison, Elke Hohmann from the Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier, Currenta Works Council member Joline Macek and Currenta engineer Daniel Toennessen.</p> <p>Special prize for special mission: Making possible what cannot be done</p> <p>A further €1,500 was awarded to Max Welker from the winning team InItToWinIt, who took on a challenge of his own: the 21-year-old developed a model for using pumped water storage facilities to generate electricity sustainably despite the supposedly inadequate geographical conditions at the Dormagen site.</p> <p>How pleasant and friendly the atmosphere of the weekend was is shown by the decision of InItToWinIt and Max Welker: Despite the decision to take on their own challenge, the two teams shared their winnings jointly. Because at CURCW22 there were no losers and no competition: Together we are heading for the future!</p> <p>And not only in terms of implementing ideas in the coming weeks and months. "Of course, we also want to stay in touch with the young talents we met at this great event," says Currenta recruiter Dr. Ute Breitsohl. Because creative minds with good ideas are in demand. Now and in the future.</p> <p>More also under:&nbsp;Successful hackathon premiere: <a href="https://www.currenta.de/medien/presseserver/presseserver-news/items/2022-10-31-curcw22.html">Promising ideas for the chemical park of the future - Press release - www.currenta.de</a></p>

Projects

LoRaWAN network

The LoRaWAN network usually consists of one or more gateways (antennas) that communicate with associated LoRa end devices.

The LoRaWAN network usually consists of one or more gateways (antennas) that communicate with associated LoRa end devices.
<p>By setting up a city-wide Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN), SWD is taking the next step toward being able to offer digital services in Dormagen. The network usually consists of one or more gateways (antennas) that communicate with associated LoRa end devices. These can be both sensors and actuators. The gateways themselves are connected to the Internet and thus transport the collected data or sent commands.&nbsp;</p> <p>The advantage over other technologies, such as WLAN or 5G, is the low investment and operating costs, due to the high transmission distance of the individual antennas combined with very low energy requirements of the end devices. This means that the entire Dormagen urban area can be covered with just a few antennas. In addition, there are a large number of sensors that can be used for a wide variety of applications, both in an industrial context and in the smart city area. As a result, both citizens and local companies benefit from the infrastructure that has been set up. &nbsp;</p> <p>After the technical infrastructure has been set up, a test phase will be run, during which various use cases will be tested and transferred to productive operation. For companies, SWD will offer a service in which the network can be used for operational use cases. This will save companies the investment costs for the network and they will only have to procure the corresponding sensor technology. This ensures that significantly more use cases can be implemented profitably. &nbsp;</p> <p>Citizens can implement their own use cases via a free service and also benefit from the fact that municipal departments can map their tasks more efficiently and thus more cost-effectively and in a future-proof manner.&nbsp;</p>

Edge Cloud Real Lab

The real lab provides the relevant methodological competence and develops blueprints.

The real lab provides the relevant methodological competence and develops blueprints.
<p>Global data volumes are rising steadily and at an ever-increasing rate. In addition, there will be more and more smart end devices (e.g. smartphones and sensors) in the future. Furthermore, the applications of the future will have a greater need for low latency, i.e., transmission with little delay.</p> <p><br /> These developments mean that, according to experts, the "edge cloud" will prevail as the future data infrastructure. This means that smaller data centers will emerge across the board, stationed closer to the end device of the data sender.&nbsp;As a result, the location of data centers will become highly relevant and municipalities will have to provide space for these requirements. In order to be able to generate local value creation, digital parks should be created around the data centers. These have the potential to positively shape structural change.</p> <p><br /> However, it is unclear how exactly such an ecosystem must be built so that it brings the greatest possible added value to municipalities and companies. The Edge Cloud Reallabor in Dormagen will provide the relevant methodological expertise and will develop a blueprint for the development of local edge ecosystems.</p>

Smart Industrial City HUB

The SIC HUB provides a spatial environment for cluster activities and is available for innovation-driving companies.

The SIC HUB provides a spatial environment for cluster activities and is available for innovation-driving companies.
<p>Dormagen is becoming a Smart Industrial City and, as an industrial city in transition, is responding to the challenges of the digital age and structural change with intelligent measures. The aim is to build up modern digital location factors and to support companies in innovations and digital transformation as well as in the conception of digital and sustainable business models through consulting services and networking. In order to spatially locate the cluster activities, the Smart Industrial City HUB will be set up in the commercial district on the A 57 - Alte Heerstraße, which will be available specifically for innovation-driving companies, coworking and networking activities. The resulting synergy effects are an added value for companies in the quarter, which thus have direct access to the innovation ecosystem that has emerged over the last five years. The neighborhood itself will be included in the smart city strategy and will have solutions from the area of smart spaces, edge cloud and, in perspective, data monetization concepts for resident companies.</p>

Smart photovoltaics

The supply of renewable energies requires decentralized production and sufficient storage options.

The supply of renewable energies requires decentralized production and sufficient storage options.
<p>The supply of renewable energies requires decentralized production and sufficient storage options. In the best case, energy is either generated directly where it is consumed, or in any case in the direct vicinity. This results in low energy losses through transmission and thus high energy efficiency. In particular, photovoltaic systems on roofs could cover a large part of the power supply. Decentralized energy storage systems ensure a continuous supply and are able to absorb overproduction and compensate for shortages.</p> <p>In the "Smart Photovoltaics" project, the approach is to be taken one step further: through the factors of measurement, control, decentralized energy production and decentralized energy storage, as well as the digitalization of processes, all the necessary elements are to be implemented in order to test and implement smart grid principles. Furthermore, data on energy production and consumption will be integrated into the Urban Data Platform to enable a variety of use cases. In particular, a reporting system for e.g. climate balances will be developed (incl. energy dashboard) and the mapping of relevant key figures in the digital twin of the city of Dormagen will be enabled.</p>

Metro Edge Cloud

Since December 2021

Since December 2021
<p>In order to be able to collect and process IoT data securely and efficiently, a cloud platform was developed together with the Dormagen-based startup Global Digital Management Solutions (GDMS), which developers and companies can use from now on to manage their infrastructure and applications. Vendor independence and sovereignty over one's own data are particularly important. The platform is home to our cross-cutting technologies, the Digital Twin and the Urban Data Platform, and will be successively developed further.</p>

Traffic census city center

Since October 2021

Since October 2021
<p><strong>Visitor flows: </strong>To support the Downtown Master Plan and the Integrated Urban Development Concept (ISEK) Dormagen, visitor flows in the pedestrian zone of the downtown area are recorded with the aid of sensors and the data made available on the basis of LoRaWAN radio technology.</p> <p>This serves to optimize the planning and measurement of measures, especially of a structural nature, the real-time observation of what is happening in order, for example, to be able to check compliance with visitor and safety concepts, the marketing of advertising or retail space, and the demand-oriented planning of city festivals and markets. In the future, the analysis of the data will allow forecasts to be made of the expected number of visitors on a particular day and event.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Road traffic:</strong> A sensor-based cross-section measurement is also being carried out on flowing traffic in Dormagen's city center. The digital recording of traffic based on LoRaWAN radio technology will support planning processes of the city of Dormagen and enable the measurement of measures.</p>

Urban data platform

Since December 2021

Since December 2021
<p>The basis of our smart city activities is improved transparency and local cooperation to bring together, evaluate and optimize information that was previously maintained in isolation. Interactions between the most diverse producers and consumers must be balanced. Decentralized structures, smart grids, regional clusters and further networking of industry and services are building blocks of integrated urban development, especially in the areas of energy, environment and mobility. Local data platforms help to overcome silo thinking as well as to achieve automation effects and enable new services.</p> <p>In our system-of-systems approach, independent distributed systems form an open system network. The urban data platform orchestrates and harmonizes interfaces and workflows in this system based on open standards and future-proof architectures. We rely on open source modules and a horizontal platform solution for the integration of data from sensor or third-party systems. This allows historical and real-time data to be optimally utilized using uniform data standards and models.</p>

5G test field

Together with Chempark operator Currenta, possible areas for the installation of a 5G test field in the northern Chempark environment are currently…

Together with Chempark operator Currenta, possible areas for the installation of a 5G test field in the northern Chempark environment are currently being explored.
<p>Together with Chempark operator Currenta, possible areas for the installation of a 5G test field in the northern Chempark environment are currently being explored. This test site will also be made available to the city of Dormagen as part of a cooperation to test urban use cases.</p> <p>For the period from June to September 2021, SWD, the city of Dormagen and Currenta, with the involvement of Chempark companies and regional innovation drivers, conducted a series of workshops to identify use cases and business models. The results were submitted to the Zukunftsregion Rheinisches Revier via a project outline in the "REVIER.GESTALTEN" funding call, which was given a first star ("Substantial project idea") in the supervisory board meeting in December 2021. The aim is now to build on this to prepare a corresponding funding application.</p> <p>With the help of the 5G mobile communications standard and other wireless technologies, such as LoRaWAN, IoT applications are to be made tangible for industry and municipalities and matured as a standard in Dormagen.</p> <p>Further information on the "REVIER.GESTALTEN" funding call: <a href="https://www.rheinisches-revier.de/foerderung/downloads-und-links" target="_blank">https://www.rheinisches-revier.de/foerderung/downloads-und-links</a></p>

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