Smart Shopping-Center


The objective of the Smart Buildings Challenge, a joint initiative with Bosch and the non-profit network, Industrial Internet Consortium, is to identify, promote, and ultimately implement innovative digital technologies designed to improve building performance with real estate partners in day-to-day operations. The Smart Buildings Challenge is designed to help advance the digitalization of the smart buildings industry.
Together with ECE and TÜV Süd, Deka Immobilien wants to contribute to making shopping centres "smarter".
Four tech start-ups were selected from a total of 26 participants in the Smart Buildings Challenge and were presented as the winners of the competition at Bosch Connected World in Berlin, one of the leading conferences on digital transformation and the Internet of Things.
In a next step, the four winning start-ups will receive the opportunity to implement their live proof concept  in the Ettlinger Tor shopping centre in Karlsruhe.

Winning start-ups

The innovative digital solutions offer tremendous potential to optimize building operations, increase their efficiency, and as a result, reduce workloads, cut costs, and save energy for owners, users, and operators.


Smart Space Flow Analytics

The Spanish start-up Cubelizer focuses on “smart space flow analytics” and will use a sensor network based on artificial intelligence (AI) to measure the paths taken by shoppers in the mall, visualize them in real time, and prepare the data so that it can analyzed. All this will be accomplished in compliance with European privacy regulations.

Smart Metering in Multi-Tenant Commercial

The start-up Aedifion, founded in 2018, develops solutions for the cloud-based operation and optimization of building automation systems, and will install a smart metering system that will automatically track, analyze, and optimize energy consumption at Ettlinger Tor.

Smart Automated Building 

Thing Technologies’ “smart automated building” approach will be used to control and analyze the center’s heating, cooling, and ventilation technology on the basis of the other two installed tools, and thus propose measures to increase efficiency.

Smart Building Cockpit 

Holisticon will set up a “smart building cockpit” – a central dashboard that visualises the collected building data in a manner specifically tailored to the target and user group, making it possible to conduct comprehensive energy consumption analyses.