Kiezbox 2.0 – Data in Everyday Life and Crisis

Responsible organisation
Technologiestiftung Berlin
Involved organisations
10/2022 – 2025
A red box, inside which hangs a battery, stands out of a tiled floor. On top of the box lies a hammer, which is attached.

Crisis-proof local communications infrastructure is essential for the resilience of an increasingly digitalized city and supports disaster management on a needs-oriented basis. In the event of a crisis (e.g. A power outage), Kiezbox 2.0 provides solar-powered or battery-powered hotspots for public wi-fi where employees of emergency services and critical infrastructure companies or citizens can log on with their smartphones to communicate and identify any urgent need for action. Furthermore, the project is exploring its potential in connection with such things as digital pinboards located at (semi-)public places like bus stops. These are used for low-data information transfer in the event of a crisis and as a communication hub for neighborhoods. As this project develops further, the creation of a geo-based real-time situation picture (BOS) is also possible in the long term. In normal situations or when Kiezbox 2.0 is operated on a day-to-day basis, urban sensor data – temperature, air quality, noise, etc. – can be collected and made available, for example, via a LoRaWAN network (see glossary) for public, civic or economic use by urban actors.