Two of the eight Core Pilot Cities involved in SynchroniCity and part of Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC), Porto and Santander have been chosen to join an innovative Smart Cities program managed by the FIWARE Foundation and TM Forum. The announcement has been made in Barcelona on 12 November at the Smart City Expo World Congress. The event, at its 7th edition this year, is gathering together more than 400 speakers from all around the world, and it is focused on five main topics responding to the key issues facing cities: Digital TransformationUrban EnvironmentMobilityGovernance & Finance, and Inclusive & Sharing Cities.

 

The main objective of the Front-Runner Smart Cities Program is to adopt a common reference architecture and data models allowing to develop a digital market of interoperable and replicable solutions for Smart Cities, as in line with the aims of the SynchroniCity project. Not only Porto and Santander are involved in this collaboration, several other cities worldwide have joined the program, such as Vienna (Austria), Nice, Saint Quentin (France), Genoa (Italy), Utrecht (Netherlands), Porto (Portugal) Santander, Valencia (Spain), Gothenburg (Sweden), La Plata (Argentina), Montevideo (Uruguay). FIWARE Foundation and TM Forum announced that the Program is open to other cities willing to use the FIWARE NGSI (Next Generation Service Interface) API as main reference architecture, and the TM Forum Open APIs for interoperability and scalability of their solutions.

 

The OASC network, with more than 120 cities from 25 countries will collaborate with the program. OASC is focused on Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs), such as Smart City Common Data Models, as enablers for a global digital single market for data-driven services for cities and communities. The coordinator of the SynchroniCity project and OASC Chair, Martin Brynskov says about the Program: “OASC supports this effort to create consistent data models as the result of collaboration between the industry and cities like in the European IoT Large Scale Pilots. The OASC Council of Cities can contribute demand-side validation processes, as well as new models and best practices”.

 

The Kick-off of the Program will be organized on November 28th during the 5th FIWARE Summit in Málaga. If you are a city and would like to join the Program, get in contact with FIWARE Foundation and TM Forum.

 

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