Understanding smart cities

The NCT is conducting interdisciplinary research into social and technical innovations for sustainable living and working spaces in cities.

More people than ever are living in cities – currently one in two. The United Nations predicts that three quarters of the world’s population will soon be living in cities. Metropolitan areas will become more densely populated, more resources will be consumed and the air quality will deteriorate. Planning modern, efficient and integrated cities is rapidly becoming a complex and challenging task. Engineering for Smart Cities is the key research strategy at the Nuremberg Campus of Technology (NCT). The NCT is a research institute funded by the Free State of Bavaria and was established in 2012 as a partnership between Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and Technische Hochschule Nürnberg (THN). The NCT collaborates with other interdisciplinary education institutions and companies in the region.

How will rapid urbanisation affect our lives in modern cities? We need creative ideas and expert research to answer this key question. As an applied research institute, the NCT deals with urban planning in five research areas affecting how we live in modern cities. SOCIETY, MANAGEMENT, INFRASTRUCTURE, PRODUCTION and SECURITY. The objective of research at the NCT is to analyse transformation processes and devise strategies that contribute to the development of attractive, sustainable and fair urban environments such as the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region.