Advancing Sletiště Positive Energy District in Kladno with IoT: A Workshop Overview
05 march 2024 | Location: Kladno

The recent workshop held on 8 February at the Kladno City Hall brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to explore the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in the Sletiště Positive Energy District (PED). With 21 participants representing various city departments, private companies, and academic institutions, the workshop aimed to identify and prioritise IoT use cases that could enhance the overall sustainability and efficiency of Sletiště.

The workshop, organised in collaboration with the University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings (UCEEB), delved into ten carefully prepared use cases. These ranged from air quality monitoring to applications for security, safety, and statistical monitoring. Participants were divided into two groups, and each group meticulously discussed the use cases, providing valuable feedback on implementation barriers and advantages.

Following intense debates, four key use cases emerged as the most crucial for Sletiště: occupancy of the car park, applications for security, monitoring of green areas, and monitoring of waste containers. These use cases were then further refined through the creation of comprehensive roadmaps by each group, outlining the steps needed for successful implementation.



Barriers and opportunities

The participants recognised the significance of these selected use cases in enhancing the city’s management capabilities. However, challenges such as technological complexity, financial considerations, and the need for cross-departmental collaboration were also acknowledged. The workshop provided a platform for representatives from different departments to exchange information, fostering a better understanding of each department’s goals and plans.

City Development Councillor Ondřej Rys emphasised the need for a broader perspective and complex approaches in integrating IoT technologies. The workshop’s diverse representation allowed for a holistic discussion, uncovering insights into the latest developments within various departments.

Tourism considerations

Interestingly, the use of QR codes and a platform for foreign tourists was identified as one of the least useful use cases for the city. However, it’s worth noting that Sletiště hosts international athletic competitions, attracting foreign athletes and students. While tourism might not be a primary focus, catering to the needs of international visitors remains crucial for the district’s reputation and hospitality.

The workshop concluded with the generation of four detailed roadmaps, laying out the path for the integration of IoT technologies into city management. An official document outlining the plan is currently in the finalisation stage, and an updated presentation captures the key outcomes of the event. As Sletiště progresses towards becoming a Positive Energy District, the insights gained from this workshop will serve as a foundation for the successful implementation of IoT solutions, fostering sustainability, efficiency, and innovation within the district.