Get Home Safely is an EIT Digital Innovation Activity in the Focus Area Digital Cities. The Innovation Activity receives funding by the EIT Digital as part of Horizon 2020, the largest European Innovation and Research program.

Innovation Activity




Get Home Safely is an EIT Digital Innovation Activity in the Focus Area Digital Cities. Our partners consortium encompasses European universities, applied research institutions and one globally operating corporation, in particular Technical University Berlin (TUB), Aalto University (AU), Telecom Italia (TIM), Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), and Forum Virium Helsinki (FVH). Partners offer long-term expertise in mobile and stationary broadband communication networks (HHI), mobile services, DSL, and data services (TIM), digital services and innovation research (FVH), operations management and 3D modeling (AU), or sustainable architecture and urban design (TUB).


Get Home Safely’s first proof-of-concept (POC), HexaLight, is a connected 3D printed hardware device, enabled by a bundle of different sensors to respond to proximity signals with a customisable lighting experience. Connected lights, as a environmentally friendly smart-city solution, guide pedestrians safely through dark urban areas while collecting environmental (e.g., movement, usage) data. HexaLights are human-centred, but non-permanent and non-invasive in their behaviour, thus respecting non-human contexts and bio-diversity. Besides dark, uninhabited urban areas HexaLights are suitable to be installed in touristic sites, for instance monuments or historic cave landscapes.


Get Home Safely makes the internet-of-lights real and approachable – with an off-grid, scalable, modular lights-as-a-service solution for out- and indoor use cases: its playful, artistic  approach establishes trust of citizens and residents in municipalities, housing associations, and private real estate operators. Its calm, colourful ambiance de_lights_ pedestrians of all ages and children in particular via a mobile app indicating paths through an area guided by lights. Facility operators and security agencies gain in-depth insights of movement patterns in specific areas especially in the evenings and at night. HexaLights are easily installable, maintainable, and energy efficient, a competitive advantage over street lights.

How It Works


Interaction Flow


3D Printing

Pedestal Sensors



The activity leader and TU Berlin’s (TUB) center of entrepreneurship act as business champion and startup founder. Expertise in cyber-physical-system design, pilot management, smart city expertise.

Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) contributes with expertise in wireless communication and 5G networks. HHI develops the hardware and network components and is leading the task of 5G tests at TUB, including the installation and operation of the test infrastructure.

Telecom Italia (TIM) is the key contributor to the first pilot phase in Matera, Italy. TIM provides access to its IoT and 5G infrastructure testing installation in Matera, Italy, offering expertise wrt IoT devices and data management, smart city solution design as well as support of the pilot.

Aalto University (AU) contributes expertise in the area of development of Operations Management, IoT and embedded intelligence. Aalto delivers a communication/environment simulation between 5G light devices.

Fluxedo contributes with their expertise in mobile application development. They take the lead on creating the mobile application of GHS.

Forum Virium Helsinki, Helsinki city’s innovation company, is in charge of coordinating the empirical pilot phase taking place around construction site Jätkäsaari, Helsinki, including test user recruitment.


Liss C. Werner

Assistant Professor

Activity Lead and Business Champion, takes care also of startup foundation.

Konstantin Koslowski

Hardware Engineer

Development of hardware, sensors, cloud integration, 4G/5G networks.

Massimo Valla


Pre-commercial 5G trials Matera, access to IoT and 5G infrastructure.

Heidi Heinonen

Project Manager (Pilots)

Pilot planning and conduct in Helsinki. Smart city living lab integration.

Lorenzo Onofrio

Front-/Backend Engineer

Development of lighting backend, frontend and operator dashboard setup.

Siavash Khajavi

Digital Twin & Simulation

Development of 3D simulation model for lighting optimisation operations.


Liss C. Werner

Assistant Professor
Computational Architecture &


Technische Universität Berlin
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