For eight years, Wilfried Matzke has managed the municipal surveying authority in his hometown of Augsburg, the third-largest Bavarian city. In 2011, the authority was relaunched as Geodatenamt. With his staff of 43 employees, he works to advance the idea of the smart city. Before working for the city, he had a 12-year career as an artillery officer and worked in a Bavarian organization for rural reorganization. He studied geodesy at the Bundeswehr University in Munich.