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Die Pilotphase von Bable@bw wird gefördert durch das Innen- und Digitalisierungsministerium Baden-Württemberg im Rahmen der Digitalalakademie@bw. Ziel ist die Unterstützung von Kommunen und Landkreisen bei Wissenstransfer und Innovationsprozessen für digitale Umsetzungsprojekte.

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What We Do

We constantly drive the change for a better urban life. We provide a smart and connected platform that gives cities and companies a unique set of information for facilitating change.

We create automated services that simplify. We offer advisory that guides transition. Big or small, profit or non-profit, we approach everything we do with scientific accuracy and a hunger to solve problems in urban areas.

What We Believe

The main purpose of BABLE is to support the sustainable development of cities in Europe and beyond. We want to create liveable, future-proof and sustainable cities based on innovation and collaboration.

  • We strive towards a carbon-free future
  • We aim to increase efficiency in resource consumption
  • We build on data, connectivity and the IoT
  • We aim for processes that benefit the best solutions not the loudest or cheapest actors
  • We strive to provide future-proof solutions for sustainable cities

Are you curious and want to know more about our focus? We have a BABLE-Compass! Get in contact with us: info@bable-smartcities.eu

 

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Our Team

 

Our Story

During eight years of research at the Fraunhofer IAO in various projects (e.g. Morgenstadt), one big challenge evolved:

How will all that great ideas from the best innovators in cities and companies all over the world implemented in a sustainable way?

Smart City technologies and connected solutions represent a large potential for creating sustainable environments, efficient municipal services and increasing life quality in our cities. Intelligent solutions that connect a range of technologies for a larger benefit not only have the potential to drastically increase efficiency and reduce emissions, they also produce a range of additional benefits for many different actors.

  • We work as a Fraunhofer Spin-Off that upholds scientific excellence and neutrality.
  • We strive to deliver cutting-edge innovations to cities
  • We help overcome barriers to implementing innovations for cities
  • We bring connected technologies & services into cities
  • We connect cities and companies (private sector) in a community of friends and partners
  • We help companies to understand how their products match urban demands
  • We help our customers to innovate and create new solutions for cities
  • We accelerate the market
  • We reduce transaction costs for cities & companies
  • We moderate the links and processes between cities (public) and companies (private)

Professor Mark Boyle

Director

Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place

University of Liverpool, England

The Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place at the University of Liverpool recognises and expresses gratitude for the excellent work and report written by the international experts of BABLE GmbH and Fraunhofer FOKUS in Germany. This outstanding review of international good practices in the development of urban data ecosystems structured and capstoned an international symposium entitled, ‘Building Smart Cities with Citizens and for the Public Good’, held in March 2021. This has proven invaluable in helping the Liverpool City Region accelerate its transition to a smart, data-driven economy. We thank especially the authors-  Alanus von Radecki, Nikolay Tcholtchev, Philipp Lämmel, and Gretel Schaj - for calling attention to the key issues which cities and city regions need to confront when embarking upon a comprehensive digital and data transformation and for navigating these issues especially effectively.

Karen Coughlan

EU Project Officer

Southern Regional Assembly

Ireland

The Southern Regional Assembly, Ireland worked with BABLE to advise us on the development of a framework for a regional approach to Smart Specialisation Strategy. This work involved extensive consultation across a wide spectrum of stakeholders via structured interviews and workshops followed by an in-depth SWOT analysis of the outcomes. This was pioneering work for the Southern Region of Ireland and BABLE guided us through what was a very complex process with ease. The results have exceeded our expectations and we are already starting to see the benefits. The BABLE consultants were a constant source of knowledge and were hugely committed and motivated.

We look forward to working with BABLE on future projects. 

Andreas Kraut

Head of Office / Digitisation Officer (CDO)

City of Ettlingen, Germany

 

BABLE supported us in our funding application for sustainable last-mile logistics in Ettlingen from the very beginning. Thanks to the agile and professional support during the project conception, the formation of the consortium and the acquisition of funding, the financing of our project could be secured. We are pleased that we will soon be able to enter the first test phase!

Patrick Kühn

Head of The Department of Mobility Planning

City of Bielefeld, Germany

The cooperation with BABLE was characterised by very good technical comprehensibility and rigorous workshop management. The jointly developed content was able to show a clear path for how the city of Bielefeld can approach Smart Lighting projects in the future. The support from BABLE was insightful and innovative, and the documentation was helpful for the further process.

Kristin Engholm

International Relations

Helsingborg Smart City H22

City of Helsingborg, Sweden

I got a positive experience from day one working with the team at BABLE. They are professional and very good at pushing forward in a steady and energizing way. Being part of workshops hosted by BABLE has also broadened my knowledge when it comes to the challenges and solutions important to us all when creating smarter and more sustainable cities.

Nuriye ÜNLÜ

Deputy Director of the Institute

Software Technologies Research Institute (YTE)

TÜBİTAK-BİLGEM, Turkey

 

Through a series of trainings, workshops and discussions, BABLE helped us to build new capacities which provided a quick start in development of our national Smart City strategy and maturity assessment model. The activities and guidance were characterised by a holistic and experienced perspective and covered a varied number of topics such as governance, finance, Smart City solutions, and data, among others.

Oriol Barba Suñol

MedCities Director

BABLE gave an excellent overview about sustainable and smart urban mobility in the context of Mediterranean cities. The team members showed a rich knowledge from theory to practical and real-life implementations. We had the pleasure of having the BABLE training for our Medcities community and further mentoring services for 3 specific cities; namely, Monastir, Tataouine and Sfax.

Throughout our entire experience working with them, they were very professional and delivered an extremely high quality of work. For instance — their vast international Use Case database and knowledge, their attentive and regular follow-ups as well as their technical advice. A great partner to work with!

Irene Huguet

Business Unit Manager

Academy TÜV SÜD

Bable is a European benchmark in Smart City that has complete knowledge in this matter. I’ve had the pleasure of working with them and they have an extraordinay collaborative approach, with a predisposition, initiative and good understanding that helps to achieve the success in the projects. BABLE is an excellent partner to collaborate with. 

Mauro Ramos de Jesus Pereira

CEO

BikeTrace AB

Ytterhogdal, Sweden

Working alongside BABLE Smart Cities has been a fantastic experience so far. I really like the fact that I can showcase our project and checkout what Smart Cities-related projects other companies are working on. But most importantly, their knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm about development of Smart Cities has been a true source of inspiration for me personally and for BikeTrace as a company.

Astrid Loschke

TÜV SÜD Akademie

Product Manager - Environmental Technology

City of Munich, Germany

 

Thanks to the cooperation with BABLE, we are one of the first organisations in Germany to be able to offer training on the topic of "Smart City", and our classically shaped training portfolio has been expanded to include new and sustainability related topics. BABLE has always been a committed, knowledgeable and trustworthy partner with a good network. They have had lots of motivation and patience and have always come with many good ideas for establishing our new "Smart City Officer" training.

Philipp Lämmel

Research Assistant and Project Manager 

Fraunhofer FOKUS 

Berlin, Germany  

Making a city more efficient, sustainable, socially-just and technologically advanced are the core themes of the Smart City vision. It is of central importance that the Smart City is much more than the distribution of various technologies in the city. It is also about organizational aspects and changes in society as well as urban culture. For example, we investigated and developed recommendations together with BABLE for the Liverpool region.  The resulting positive changes make me look back on this project with pride and satisfaction, knowing that we have had a lasting impact on the city's development. With the BABLE team consistently delivering excellent work, I look forward to more exciting joint projects as we support cities on their journey to becoming smarter cities. 

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