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.
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. 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.
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.