The ambition of Smart Aarhus is to create better, cheaper and more sustainable solutions, that benefits citizens as well as businesses. Solutions that are made in collaboration between the municipality, companies, citizens and knowledge institutions. Therefore, one of the most important tasks for Smart Aarhus is to facilitate and create these kinds of collaborations.

Smart Aarhus covers a wide range of digital solutions, which creates unique possibilities for an ever-growing city like Aarhus. Smart Aarhus consists of classic smart city solutions in the urban space, digitalization in the municipality and business development.

This way Smart Aarhus becomes a part of the solution regarding the challenges of the welfare state. For example data and sensors, Internet of Things, Big Data, AI, drones and robots all contributes to create better lives for the citizens. By using these technologies in a smart way, we can create things like intelligent traffic control, energy efficient buildings, transversal digital supply systems and sustainable forms of transportation. Smart Aarhus can help by making solutions that can save lives, secure a healthy population and all in all create better quality of life for the citizens.

Our main purpose is to use digitalization and new technology as means to create a better city for our citizens. We are here to make everyday life better - for people, businesses and the employees of the municipality.

Smart Aarhus wants to contribute to providing a good life in a rapidly growing city.

Smart Aarhus wants to create sustainable solutions to environmental, economic and social challenges. Solutions that benefit citizens as well as businesses.

Smart Aarhus must contribute to creating the best possible environment for developing a market for smart city-solutions in Aarhus and Denmark.

Principles for Smart Aarhus:

  • We have a challenge driven business focus on digitalisation.
  • We work data driven - meaning that data should be used for predicting, stimulating, executing and preventing.
  • We create value for and with the citizens and businesses who are at the centre of our decisions.
  • We develop in close collaboration with the outside world (Quadro Helix) and use Aarhus Municipality as a catalyst for this development.
  • We are curious and want to learn from others, just as we share our knowledge and work in an open environment.

New technology and digitalisation pose a number of ethical and security dilemmas. Therefore it is absolutely crucial for Smart Aarhus that digitalisation takes place within a clear regulated framework, and that respect for the individual citizen's privacy is maintained. We always work to increase our focus on data ethics and a more transparent use of data in the municipality, as well as maintaining the trust of citizens in how we use and share data in the municipality and with others - e.g. the region and the state.

Specifically, we post data on the Open Data portal, so that it is available to everyone. Also, like the rest of Aarhus Municipality, work according to the municipality's IT security policy.