Digitization Center (Digital Hub) Ulm | Alb-Danube | Biberach

The Digitization Center (Digital Hub) Ulm | Alb-Danube | Biberach, with its locations in Riedlingen, Ehingen, Biberach and Ulm, is the first point of contact when retailers, industrial companies, craft businesses and service providers have questions about digitalization.

In order to implement this, the Digitization Center Ulm | Alb-Danube | Biberach provides technical infrastructure and know-how for testing and developing new digital solutions, products and business models for companies in all industries. For this purpose, rooms are available for experimental rooms, information rooms and coworking spaces.

To enable quick and convenient accessibility, there are several locations in the Ulm, Alb-Donau and Biberach regions. In addition to the headquarters in Ulm, there are contact points in Ehingen, Riedlingen, Laupheim and Amstetten, as well as a competence center for Building Information Modeling at Biberach University.

Together with services such as advice and events as well as a central piloting and bundling function with regard to existing offers and actors, this gives access to the region’s smaller and medium-sized companies in particular – through cooperation between the city and the district of Neu-Ulm, including on the Bavarian side access to new technologies is made much easier.

Institute for Digital Transformation

Companies receive support in digital transformation from professors at Neu-Ulm University (HNU) at the Institute for Digital Transformation. As part of the “Prepare small and medium-sized companies for the digital transformation” project, they are developing an e-learning offer. It is part of the project “Knowledge Transfer University and Job” and is funded by the European Social Fund and the State Ministry of Education and Science.

The aim of the project is to enable companies to digitize existing processes, use the freed-up resources and use the rural location as a competitive advantage, open up new digital business areas and determine digitization potential in the company.

The project is part of the project “Knowledge Transfer University and Job” and is funded by the European Social Fund and by the Bavarian Ministry of Science. The coordinating partner is the Virtual University of Bavaria.

Ulm4CleverCity - Smart City model city

Ulm is a city in transition and has made it its mission to manage the changes and upheavals of the coming years well. All municipal digital approaches must be measured against the major future tasks. The following question is the starting point of the Smart City mission: “How can we design our growing and changing city in such a way that sustainability and the quality of life of the citizens are the focus?” The answers flow into the Smart City strategy of the city of Ulm.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) is funding Ulm as part of the first funding phase of the Smart Cities Model Projects tender. The city of Ulm was able to submit its application through the Digital Agenda office alongside the cities of Solingen and Wolfsburg
in the “Large Cities” category and received funding of 8 million euros. The city itself contributes 4 million euros
additionally. A total of three funding stages and thus around 50 model projects are to be funded in the next few years. Goal
The aim of the federal project is to develop and test an integrated smart city strategy for city life of the future.

The Ulm4CleverCity project is funded by the BMI from January 2020 to December 2026. The Smart City strategy has now been developed together with various actors from citizens, politics, administration, business and science. It started in 2022
four-year implementation phase.

A detailed description of the project can be found on the city of Ulm’s homepage. Detailed information about the Smart City Ulm and the strategy paper is summarized on a separate website on which the Ulm mission for a digital tomorrow is clearly presented. The project is located at the Digital Agenda department of the city of Ulm.

Research at Ulm University: Data Science

Every time you visit the Internet, during clinical studies or in the digital factory with networked machines, data is generated. So many that the global data volume doubles every two years! There are real treasures in this flood of data. At the University of Ulm, interdisciplinary research is being carried out into how relevant knowledge can be obtained from the Tera- and Petabyte-sized mountains.

The new research field is called Data Science. The aim is to prepare and evaluate data and to derive recommendations for action. How can a company optimize the storage in individual plants by evaluating its production data in real time? And when should the next maintenance of a machine take place due to the data situation? These examples illustrate applications in the area of ​​Industry 4.0: Production is networked with modern information and communication technology and the planned analysis of data plays a major role.

At the University of Ulm, scientists from all disciplines, in particular from mathematics, computer science, economics and medicine, conduct research in the field of data science. Together they want to develop analysis methods that improve data quality and security, but also the preparation and visualization of the masses of data.

Research at the THU

In addition to high-quality teaching and further training, application-oriented research is one of the core tasks of Ulm University of Applied Sciences. With its research activities, the university wants to make an important contribution to the technical, ecological and thus also social development of the Ulm region and the state of Baden-Württemberg. The university’s researchers use their expertise to promote projects together with partners from business and science.

Tailor-made solutions for companies outside of the university’s application-oriented research and development are offered by various Steinbeis transfer centers under the direction of university professors.

Broadband expansion in the Alb-Donau district

Fast internet – an important location factor

Digital change is one of the central challenges that the Alb-Donau district and all of Germany will face in the coming years. Worldwide networking of work processes, digital information exchange and thus flexible working – our professional world is changing to a great extent due to increasing digitalization. High-performance broadband connections are therefore the basis for commercial businesses, liberal professions, private households, schools and municipal properties. The connection to the fast and congestion-free data highway has become a central location factor and decisive for the attractiveness of a community as a business and residential location.