SynchroniCity aims to foster the development of a global Internet of Things (IoT) market where cities and businesses develop shared digital services to improve the lives of citizens and grow local economies.
Cities in Europe and around the globe develop at a different pace with respect to implementing, distributing and managing IoT-enabled services for their citizens. This spectrum ranges from those cities that have not yet embedded any IoT digital architecture to others that are making use of advanced features of their IoT architectures to deliver enhanced smart city services. Cities have therefore their own and distinct IoT architecture, with their own specific components that are adopted to the needs of the city and the reality of its context.
The SynchroniCity project has designed and created the SynchroniCity architectural framework having in mind the inclusion of this diversity. At the core is the Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs) of the Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) network with over 100 cities in 24 countries
The SynchroniCity Architecture
The SynchroniCity reference architecture is the result of a thorough analysis of different cities and their city platforms as well as current IoT enablers and standards, and can be categorised by the following aspects:
- Existing infrastructures and use case requirements in cities drove the definition of the functions and components of the architecture
- Reuse of standards and existent approaches
- Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) principles
- City IoT resources and data
- Southbound interfaces (infrastructure) & connectors
- IoT Management
- Context Data Management
- Data Storage Management
- Marketplace supporting business interactions between SynchroniCity ecosystem data suppliers and consumers
- Security that covers the three main pillars: data, IoT infrastructure and framework services
- Northbound interfaces: the set of APIs that provides access to all the platform functionalities (context information, historical data, security features, marketplace) that will be used by upper services and smart city end-user applications.
The SynchroniCity IoT Data Marketplace
Cities have the opportunity to become catalysers for a multitude of data originating from smart devices connected to a gathering infrastructure. Data owners range from businesses that have information that is valuable to local authorities, to citizens or volunteer groups that have information that is valuable to businesses. For more information check out the marketplace here.
SynchroniCity and Standards for IoT and Smart Cities & Communities
SynchroniCity has a strong focus on standards – existing and emerging – and is aiming at influencing the political and industrial spheres at European and global levels and propose recommendations for cross-domain standards-based innovation and procurement relating to the IoT LSP open calls.
This work will be the result of a joint effort amongst the LSPs (IoF2020, SynchroniCity, ActivAge, MONICA, AutoPilot).