Sleeping Pods “Ulm Nester” – Protect Homeless People From Frostbite

In the German state of Baden-Württemberg, in the city of Ulm, homeless assistance is on a high level. The city has an overnight shelter but they didn’t stop there. There’s another option for the homeless to stay away from cold weather, and that’s by using the mobile sleeping pods known as “Ulmer Nester”. There are 2 pods located at Karlsplatz in Ulm, and at the Old Cemetery. The main purpose is to protect from frostbite but also provide information regarding other services for the homeless. The idea is to have the sleeping pods in positions just during the cold months. The creation of these facilities have been delayed due to pandemic, but that extra time was used to improve practicality. The mechanism for closing the pods is simplified and sensors were added that send a message to the Caritas Association Ulm-Alb-Donau when someone is using the “Ulmer Nester”. Knowing that someone is there, employees will go to visit them the next morning.


An easy mechanism for closing the pod.

“Ulm Nester” is created to help homeless people during the coldest months.


These sleeping pods are a great way and a gateway to more information on special services aiming to help homeless people.


After sensors recognize that someone is using the sleeping pod, employees are sent to the location the next morning to provide more assistance.

Location: Ulm, state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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