Smart City & Smart Region

Living vision.

Smart cities and regions are no longer just a pipe dream. Digital solutions are already a part of sustainable urban and regional development – and an increasingly important competitive factor when it comes to attracting population and businesses to cities and regions.

Improved quality of life, comfort, and safety

Many German cities, municipalities, and administrative districts are already using technologies to make the various areas of general interest sustainable – for example, mobility, energy, climate protection, the economy, education, or health.

The consistent underpinning and linking of urban and regional development with existing data, tools and digital solutions results in a wide range of added values for people, companies, and infrastructures in smart cities and smart regions. The transformation process focuses on three fundamental questions:

  • Which development prospects will be formulated for cities and regions in the future?
  • How and where can innovative networking technologies and concepts support this development?
  • How can the necessary processes be organised within and with the city’s administration and its economy, with companies and citizens?

Link to existing processes

The central task is to translate the challenges of future urban and regional development together into digital networking projects, considering the specificities on the ground. The keyword is: fit. What works in urban areas is often not easily transferred to rural ones – and vice versa. We support you in this process. By combining our extensive experience supporting processes for public clients and regional development with our professional expertise in the areas of energy, environment and climate adaptation, mobility, economy and health, culture and education, and organisational consulting.

Smart City & Smart Region: A selection of our services

Strategy development

We support communities in the creation and development of their own smart city or smart region strategies. We use our experience in regional development and combine it with new, innovative, and digital solutions.

Organisational investigation and development

Smart city/smart region projects are a cross-sectional task: different administration departments, local society actors, and inter-municipal cooperation all play a role. We support you in the (further) development of internal administrative structures and processes as well as cross-border networks.


To equip digitalisation strategies with long-term perspectives beyond ten years, we work with methods from the spectrum of foresight. In this way, we make the uncertainties of dealing with long-term future developments manageable.

Process support, communication and moderation

With transparent programme and project management, we make complexity controllable. As “interface acrobats,” we accompany you in the conception and implementation of participation-oriented processes and communication activities.

Evaluation and assessments

Using scientifically sound methods, we analyse the effects and impacts of your goals. We accompany public clients at federal and state level in the process of evaluating funding programmes and municipalities as well as measuring the impact of their activities on the ground.

Our work on this topic

Take a look at our latest projects and activities.

Smart specialisation

| Project

On behalf of the European Commission, Prognos and partners analysed all the smart specialisation strategies across the EU. The aim was to determine whether the priorities are set wisely.

City life of the future

| Project

Prognos is part of the consortium of the BMI programme Model Projects Smart Cities (MPSC).

Study on smart specialisation in Germany

| Project

Prognos determined the current implementation status of the Regional Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) in Germany for the EU Commission.

Do you have questions?

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Matthias Canzler

Senior Project Manager

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About us

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Prognos is one of the oldest economic research centres in Europe. Founded at the University of Basel, Prognos experts have been conducting research for a wide range of clients from the public and private sectors since 1959 – politically independent, scientifically sound.

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