Internet of Things

Internet of Things is a way to describe how things that surrounds us are becoming connected – where every thing communicates and interacts. Urban ICT Arena offers a testbed where pioneering IoT solutions can be tested in an urban environment.

Everything is becoming connected

Soon every single thing will have a sensor. A sensor that detects events or changes in its environment, e.g. in temperature, motion, resistance, flow, pressure, distance, power or light – alone or in combinations. But why?

To make life easier and more sustainable. When technology adapts to us and our behaviors, it will increase service availability, sustainability and safety in our communities.

Internet of Things simplifies life when our needs are early detected by intelligent digital solutions. By reducing needs of energy and finite resources, it is also an important driving force to address Sweden’s need of reducing the CO2 emissions to fulfill the Paris Agreement.

It also supports Smart City planning in municipalities as they can develop better services to citizens by better understanding needs, and limit risk, in various situations and places.

The gadgets are working day and night – as when the street light, the elevator or the heating system indicates when it’s time for service to avoid unnecessary stops – or the recycling truck follows the most efficient route to empty garbage bins that are calling for action.

It is a change that happens at high speed. It is estimated that 13-14 million new gadgets are connected to the internet. Every day. What this will mean in the future, we can only imagine.

How we can contribute



We help companies to test new ideas and products in a real urban environment. With the latest digital infrastructure at hand, we can help you gain key insights.



Show your solutions to the world. The testbed serves as a showroom for your products – each year, delegations from all over the world come to Kista to learn more about the innovation culture.



Collaboration is key for creating tomorrow’s sustainable cities. This requires new ways of working, including sharing data and knowledge between innovative companies and the public sector.








What makes it possible

The backbone of our testbed is the fiber stations. Along the street Kistagången, we have 15 different access points to a dark fiber network, provided by Stokab. These access points typically consist of a “hardware box” where network access and electricity is available, as well as a place to put the actual sensors, such a light pole or a bus stop.

Focus Areas

Air quality

The first step in taking action against bad air quality is measuring it. Air quality is a matter of life and death – 800 000 people die every year in Europe due to poor air quality. When we collect real-time data of air quality in our connected cities, we could prevent this. Imagine a future where the bus automatically avoids the most polluted streets or if factories limit their production on certain days, thanks to connected sensors.

Measuring traffic and pedestrian flows

Cities are limited by their infrastructure. A bus can only carry a certain number of passengers and a road can only carry a certain number of vehicles. By obtaining a better understanding of how people, cars and other vehicles move in the city, we can improve planning and make better use of existing infrastructure. Better traffic flow and better planning could lead to less pollution from vehicles.

Smart waste management

There are about 11 000 public trash bins in the City of Stockholm. These needs to be emptied – several hundred people work with emptying 5000 tons of trash every year. Today, waste collectors only spend half their working hours collecting waste – the other half is spent on simply inspecting the bins. With the help of sensors, the time spent on this could effectively be removed, as the sensors would alert if they were getting full, also eliminating overflow.

Are you interested?

Can your product benefit from being tested in an urban environment? Get in touch!