Fields of IT-competence

The Digital Transformation is happening in Berlin

BBerlin is one of top places for the digital economy in Europe and worldwide. The Digitalisierungskompass survey of Germany puts Berlin among its top ten places when it comes to digitisation of the economy and the world of work. As a digital hotspot, Berlin attracts creative minds and visionaries from across the globe who see the city as an ideal place to put their innovative business ideas into action. A whole series of success stories of IT companies and start-ups are being written in Berlin and catching international attention. Take Rocket Internet, for instance, the online music service Soundcloud or the social network for researchers ResearchGate.

The digital transformation is happening in Berlin. A host of research institutes and companies in the city are now involved in developing a huge spectrum of forward-looking technologies in the fields of digital security, smart mobility, digital health, data-driven innovation, the internet of things, disruption and smart lifestyle. Berlin Partner und Projekt Zukunft’s information brochure gives you an inside view of Berlin’s digital economy.

Berlin's digital strengths and fields of IT-competence


Artificial intelligence: more than just a hype

Chatbots in customer service, intelligent traffic planning, autonomous driving – the application areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are extremely diverse and affect a large number of industries. The IT hub Berlin has developed into one of the most important AI ecosystems in Germany with a wide variety of products. It ranges from classical expert systems in which disciplinary knowledge is coded to machine learning and multi-agent simulations. In addition, the focus is on language- and image-understanding systems.

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Digital Security: Berlin’s got the solutions

Digital security is playing an increasingly central role in digitisation as hackers find ever more sophisticated ways of accessing critical data. This means that technological defence mechanisms must provide a maximum of security whilst also remaining affordable and easy-to-use. A further challenge is ensuring reliability in systems that talk to one another. But it’s not just a question of software and hardware: users too need information and awareness training in how to handle their data. In Berlin’s IT hub, companies, initiatives and research are examining issues and building solutions in the field of digital security.

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Smart Mobility: intelligent urban transit

Mobility is changing – in Berlin too. New technologies in the field of smart mobility are enabling road users to make the best possible use of the existing traffic infrastructure and its services. New forms of mobility like car-sharing and rent-a-bike have emerged over the past few years, while smart mobility services network and optimise the range of transport options, creating seamless urban mobility that’s much more cost-effective and environmentally friendly. What’s more, innovative information and communication technologies can ensure higher passenger counts and much more efficient use of vehicles. For over ten years now, the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) in Berlin has been investigating intelligent transportation systems and car-to-car communication, but numerous start-ups and established companies in the city are also developing products and ideas for the intelligently networked urban environment.

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Digital Health: innovation for the healthcare system

Digitisation is bringing sweeping change to the structures of the healthcare system. Modern e-health applications help people to stay healthy or make quicker recoveries. Use of digital technologies enables process optimisation for all stakeholders in the healthcare sector and improves the quality of care given. The healthcare industry is already one of the most important industry sectors in the Berlin metropolitan region, employing over 300,000 people. Universities, clinics, laboratories, leading research institutes, and biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical companies are creating a broad array of innovation in the field of digital health. This high-performance innovative ecosystem is supported by a vibrant start-up scene.

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Data-Driven Innovation in the data capital Berlin

Every day huge volumes of data are produced and processed – and not just in Berlin alone. They’re the driver of the digital city and the springboard to further innovation. Data has now penetrated a vast swath of our work and lives. Knowing how to deal responsibly and intelligently with huge volumes of data will be one of the key skills of the future. Open data opens a range of opportunities for participation: The city of Berlin has given its own administrative data open access in the public domain. The harvesting, storage and processing of large amounts of data from a variety of sources can all be successfully handled with technologies from the field of big data. New perspectives are gained and new applications developed through analysis and aggregation of such data. The IT hub Berlin has everything that’s needed to become a centre for data-driven innovation – a broad and diverse science landscape in information and communication technologies, an active and international start-up scene and a cornucopia of innovative applications.

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The Internet of Things: innovation driver of the digital transformation

The internet of things is one of the innovation drivers behind the digital transformation. Networked with IT technologies, objects become smart and start to figure in industry and our daily lives. From smart homes, wearables and connected cars to Industry 4.0, the internet of things offers a wide spectrum of uses in our private lives and business. In Berlin more than 300 research groups and companies are working on solutions for the internet of everything.

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Disruption: upheaval and revolution in the (digital) economy

Present-day business models, products and technologies are being displaced by the growth in disruptive innovations and in some cases even completely swept away. Disruption is a phenomenon usually associated with the radical change introduced by the digital economy. Digital information technologies are on the march in many industry sectors where they revolutionise whole markets: Digitisation of the music business has completely changed the face of music marketing and FinTechs – companies with innovative financial services – are doing the same for the financial market. With its rich diversity of IT companies and start-ups in innovative fields like the smart city, digital health and the internet of things, Berlin is a leading powerhouse for disruptive technologies. It’s the crucible for products and services that have the potential to revolutionise traditional business models.

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Smart Lifestyle: making (everyday) life easier

It’s ordering a pizza for your home movie evening quickly and simply on your mobile or downloading an audio book on the internet. Many products and services of the digital economy are designed for convenience and to make life easier. There are many good reasons why Berlin is also called a mecca for start-ups or Silicon Allee – the IT and digital economy in the city produces a constant stream of useful products and innovative solutions that make life easier.

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