Only a few clicks; that is all Christel Simon has to do. She uses the Energy Atlas to collect all the necessary information for organising a workshop for municipalities on LED streetlights. Simon, a municipal consultant, uses the search mask provided on the Internet platform of the Energy Agency of the Rhineland-Palatinate to quickly find similar past projects, which are all described in detail (including their development stages and initiators) and displayed on a map.
The Energy Atlas is just one example of the work done by the web design team around Rolf Lessing and Prof. Frank Heidmann. They have tasked themselves with visualising geoinformation. The CEO of the Potsdam-based business DELPHI IMM, which employs 22 people, and the Head of the Interaction Design Labs of the Department Design at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam have worked together for three years.
“The University of Applied Sciences is at the European forefront in the field of Interactive Design,” says Lessing. The cooperation has created the opportunity to seize this design expertise and use it directly for DELPHI IMM’s products and services. “It therefore offers clients optimal, timely solutions, and at the same time it increases the company’s chances of prevailing at the market,” points out Lessing. The growing flood of data generated in an increasing number of areas of life has, in combination with a suitable, user-friendly design, created a new and permanently growing market.
The Cluster management at Brandenburg Invest was able to further develop Potsdam’s expertise as an IT and design location for such data processing and creative visualisation. In addition, the innovation verve originating from it paved the way for new relationships that created new cooperation opportunities, leading to, for example, the Energy Atlas Rhineland-Palatinate.
The previously loose connection between DELPHI IMM and the University of Applied Sciences grew stronger through the participation in the expert workshop Geoinformation, organised by the Cluster management, and thanks to the working group “Big Data Berlin-Brandenburg”, which was created as a result of the workshop and focuses on the use of large data volumes. The Cluster management has since provided further support, mediated contacts and fostered the creation of networks. The joint focus lies on mapping in the field of geography, on disaster management, but also on city and landscape planning.
Another of the team’s projects is the so-called digital decision table or “DIGENTI”. Together with partners from Columbia, the team created a portable analysis and information system that looks like an interactive table. It can be used by regions that face the threat of natural disasters. The “Multi-Touch-Tabletop” processes data provided by radar satellites and combines the data with perpetually updated geospatial and social media information in order to simulate potential floods, landslides or other phenomena.
City and landscape planners can use the information for their work to quickly analyse and consider a region’s accessibility and evacuation strategies in the event of dangerous natural phenomena. In the field of disaster management it serves as a convenient tool for responding to emergencies. Along with other partners, the team also cooperates with the satellite manufacturer Airbus, with geoscientists of the University of Potsdam and with the German Aerospace Center (abbreviated DLR).