Project description

Small towns have great potential to contribute to a climate-protecting and sustainable environment. Activating these, however, requires overcoming many challenges, which have significant differences compared to large cities.

The main objective of “Smart City Hartberg” was to demonstrate a smart district in the historic center of Hartberg - an example of a highly frequented “heart” of small towns - by means of extraordinary showcase projects. A living lab approach ensured that the focus was on users and increasing the quality of life.

Individual showcase projects were carried out in the building sector, which combine the diverse topics of sustainable urban development (energy, buildings, mobility, economy, society, etc.). It turned out to be particularly advantageous that the Smart City Hartberg project did not pursue the development of new components or individual solutions, but instead concentrated on the intelligent linking of largely mature technologies and systems.

"Smart City Hartberg" was able to overcome numerous challenges for the establishment of a "model small town". References were created for Austrian companies, experiences and recommendations for action in the field of sustainable small-town development were drawn up, and extensive dissemination work was carried out for the multiplication of results.


Project partner

  • Municipality Hartberg
  • Interuniversitäres Forschungszentrum für Technik, Arbeit und Kultur (IFZ)
  • Stadtwerke Hartberg Verwaltungs Gesellschaft m.b.H.
  • KELAG Wärme GmbH
  • HSI Hartberg Standortentwicklung und Immobilien GmbH
  • B.I.M. - Beratung und Informationsverarbeitung im Mobilitätsbereich
  • Eaton Industries (Austria) GmbH
  • Arch. DI Mag. Thomas Pilz