Wirtschaftsbetriebe Duisburg is one of the most important municipal companies in the city of Duisburg. One major field of activity is waste disposal and city cleaning. But we are also responsible for urban drainage, the planning and maintenance of municipal playgrounds, the upkeep of green spaces, parks and botanical gardens, and the operation of cemeteries and the crematorium. But we are also responsible for maintaining the city's infrastructure, flood protection and watercourse maintenance and development.
We regard5G as a key technology for real-time communication in the municipal Internet of Things. We are already moving into the Internet of Things(IoT) today, where we are testing autonomous sweepers and various sensor technologies, e.g., in waste garbage cans or for detecting queues at the recycling center. For example, we see potential in 5G real-time data transmission for digital twins of critical infrastructures or for collecting environmental data. Climate extremes such as heat waves and floods are also increasing in Duisburg. As a contribution to urban climate resilience, we therefore emphasize water-sensitive urban development, e.g., through the use of tree rigs with sensor technology or the exploration of innovative ways to sustainably manage water as a resource - for example, by founding the Duisburg Rain Agency to promote land unsealing. We are also already using sweepers, waste collection vehicles and cars with electric and hydrogen drives on the city of Duisburg's path to greater environmental neutrality. We have set ourselves the goal of making our fleet locally emission-free by 2030.