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London signs up to international smart city coalition

The Greater London Authority has joined Open & Agile Smart Cities, the international network that supports cities and communities in their digital transformation.

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London will share innovations with other cities around the world in the OASC network
London will share innovations with other cities around the world in the OASC network

The Greater London Authority has joined Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC), an international network supporting cities and communities in their digital transition. It brings the number of member cities to 133.

 

OASC aims to strengthen cooperation and exchange between cities worldwide with the mission to create a market for smart city data and services based on open standards and driven by cities.

 

Data exchange

 

The network seeks to bring cities and communities worldwide together, which agree on implementing minimal, open standards to enable data exchange between city departments, cities and with third party service providers.

 

“We are proud to join the OASC community. Our city embraces the opportunity to share innovations with other cities,” said Theo Blackwell, chief digital officer, London.

 

“London is world-leading in the application of digital technologies for the benefit of those who live, work and visit the city. But we are not just one city – London is made up of 33 boroughs, and to become smarter, we need to work together with public institutions and tech communities across the city, and with our European and global counterparts.”

 

Member cities support the OASC minimal interoperability mechanisms to structure and exchange city data. The mechanisms are based on non-proprietary, common standards that help cities to avoid vendor lock-in and support local innovations to achieve global impact more easily.

 

“We’re thrilled to join OASC because we are committed to a shared and open approach to building smarter and more connected cities for people,” added Nathan Pierce, head of Smart London Team and programme director of Sharing Cities.

“London is world-leading in the application of digital technologies for the benefit of those who live, work and visit the city"

“We’re already making great strides through our leadership on the Sharing Cities programme – a network of European cities working collaboratively to identify smart digital solutions to urban challenges. We look forward to sharing our expertise with, and learning from, other cities through the OASC community.”

 

London is regarded as a city which has set the bar high for data-sharing with the London Data Store. Its approach to publishing open data has since served as a role model for many other cities worldwide.

 

Last year, mayor Sadiq Khan launched the Smarter London Together roadmap which bids to make London the world’s smartest city.

 

“We’re excited to welcome London as OASC member city. It shows that cities – big and small – are choosing open standards and minimal interoperability to support them in innovating and procuring data-driven services,” continued Dr Davor Meerman, CEO of Open & Agile Smart Cities.

 

“All cities in the network will surely benefit from London’s expertise in data sharing and vice versa.”

 

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