On a recent morning at the technology trade fair CeBIT in Hannover, Vodafone-Germany Chief Executive Hannes Ametsreiter and Innogy CEO Peter Terium set out their visions for how intelligently-networked cities will one day work. They depicted a future in which trashcans will automatically report how full they are, and in which streetlamps act as charging stations for electric cars.
The two CEOs intend to turn elements of this vision into a reality: Telecoms firm Vodafone is cooperating with Innogy, the green subsidiary of the energy giant RWE, to convert streetlamps into charging stations and potentially much more. The collaboration, they say, is indicative of how their companies are increasingly combining their core competencies in order to make the green future an imminent reality.
“What you have here is two big infrastructure players coming together to create totally new digital possibilities,” Mr. Ametsreiter told Handelsblatt in a joint interview with Mr. Terium on the sidelines of the Hannover trade fair, which has been running through this week.