December 19, 2018 – With debit and credit cards as well as a whole host of customer cards, our purses and wallets are bulging with more or less intelligent plastic cards. The nearly 45,000 inhabitants of Monheim am Rhein in Germany will soon be able to dispense with a large number of these cards.
The city’s administration will provide them with the Monheim Pass in the new year, with which they will be able to pay for municipal services. A monthly credit balance of 15 euros is automatically available. The city and T-Systems signed a contract for the setup and operation of the solution in December 2018. At first, it will be possible to borrow items from the city library using an app and card – including smart payment. Shortly after that, a digital bicycle rental system will be introduced as well. The "City Bikes" will be available as traditional bikes, children’s bicycles, e-bikes, and cargo bikes. Entry to the public swimming pool using the Monheim Pass is also in the planning: The visit to the swimming pool with the Monheim Pass.
We will gradually integrate additional services. These include making it possible to complete administrative formalities using the Monheim Pass.
"In Monheim am Rhein we already offer a usable public Wi-Fi network and are gradually switching our city’s lighting to smart streetlights," explained the Mayor, Daniel Zimmermann, who has long been involved in turning his city into a smart city, step by step. Monheim am Rhein is thereby fulfilling the wish of many German citizens for more smart service offers from their municipalities, as is made clear by current studies. The Hamburg-based market research institute Splendid Research has established that three quarters of all city residents make use of smart city offers – where these are available. Their main reasons for this: time savings and the simplification of urban life.