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

Smart Aarhus covers a wave of digital solutions, which together creates unique possibilities for an ever growing city like Aarhus. Smart Aarhus is both classic smart city solutions in the urban space, digitalisation in the municipality and business development.

In this way Smart Aarhus becomes a part of the solution of the challenges of the welfare state, where for example data and sensors, Internet of Things, Big Data, AI, drones and robots is used in order to create better lifes for the citizens. By using these technologies in a smart way, we can create things like intelligent trafic 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 in general create better quality of life for citizens.

Digitalization and new technology is not a goal in it self, but a means to a better city for all citizens to enjoy. We're here to make the everyday life better - both 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.