In recent years, innovative, promising but also disruptive technologies such as the Internet of Things, sensor systems, big data and artificial intelligence have gained in importance for the public sector and will significantly influence the face of modern administration and the provision of its services. Everywhere, municipalities face the same opportunities and challenges, because the transition to an intelligently networked city administration is not easy and uncharted territory for many authorities.  Uncertainties in dealing with the new technologies, concerns about possible job losses, acceptance among the population and the economy, and organizational and institutional hurdles are challenges that make successful transformation difficult.

Under the headings like "Smart Government" and "Smart City" municipalities are launching IT and digitalisation initiatives aimed at the holistic networking of physical, digital, public and private living spaces. Even where geographical proximity and similar socio-economic conditions of the municipalities are often present, most of these projects are carried out in isolation. A systematic exchange of experience and knowledge transfer among municipalities facing the same or similar challenges hardly takes place, especially across national borders. As a consequence, the wheel tends to be reinvented over and over again, causing disproportional high costs and avoidable detours.

In light of this fact, nine municipalities and four universities around Lake Constance have joined forces to provide a platform for the systematic exchange of knowledge and experience on intelligently networked provision of administrative services and actions in the form of the "Smart Government Academy Lake Constance”. Each of the nine project partner municipalities will participate with at least one project in the field of "Smart Government", the course of which will be accompanied, scientifically reflected and documented by four research institutes around Lake Constance region during the three-year project period from conception to implementation. The aim is to provide both the project participants and the general public with a compact overview, among other things in the form of practical reports on the experience gained in the individual Smart Government projects.


Project nameSmart Government Akademie Bodensee
ProgrammeInterreg ABH
TopicSmart City, Smart Government, innovation, competitiveness, employment and education
Project index numberABH88
Project duration01.01.2019 — 30.06.2022
Project budget1.107.388,89 EUR
ERDF funding595.752,64 EUR (ERDF/CH-Funding)


Stadt Bregenz, AT (Leadpartner)
Stadt Dornbirn, AT
Stadt Feldkirch, AT
Stadt Friedrichshafen, D
Stadt Konstanz, D


Stadt Ravensburg, D
Stadt Schaffhausen, CH
Stadt St. Gallen, CH
Politische Gemeinde Berg SG, CH
Fachhochschule Vorarlberg GmbH, AT


Universität Konstanz, D
Universität St. Gallen, CH
Zeppelin Universität gemeinnützige GmbH, D



Prof. (FH) Dr.-Ing. Jens Schumacher
Head of Research Center Business Informatics, Lecturer

+43 5572 792 7118

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Mag. Hanno Kalkhofer Research Assistant
Wissenschaftlicher Projektmitarbeiter


Martin Dobler, BSc MSc
Scientific Researcher

+43 5572 792 7126

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