In the beginning of 2014 the DB Station&Service AG set up the program “Future Station Berlin Südkreuz“ to create a test environment for long distance railway stations. A new understanding of stations as attractive hubs for sustainable transport, as local production sites of renewables, and as an intelligent guidepost gives this project its direction.
A hole set of measures with sustainable, connected solutions has been developed and partly implemented. At the start of the project, the first DB Station&Services’ facilities for long distance coaches was opened. The last mile is served with an electric bus operated by the local transit provider Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe. Inside the building, multiple innovation modules are implemented step by step. Examples are the digital display of train car positions or the usage of indoor navigation systems. Renewables are installed as solar modules and vertical wind power facilities. As a tool for planning, coordination and presentation, an in-house development of the InnoZ was applied: The Map of Innovations.
The Map of Innovations creates the opportunity to observe the experimental area on different zoom levels. Different scenarios can be assessed on their influence in the micro-urban context and a broad set of information is joined in an easily understandable way. The decentralized management of content additionally allows a participatory approach to smart cities and their potential future shape.