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Cities back City as a Platform initiative

Announcements made by TM Forum at Smart Cities Expo World Congress in Barcelona also relate to an extended partnership deal

Barcelona and Dubai are among the latest signatories of TM Forum's manifesto
Barcelona and Dubai are among the latest signatories of TM Forum's manifesto

More than 85 organisations have signed TM Forum’s City as a Platform manifesto which sets out 10 key principles to bring the private and public sectors together when deploying digital city platforms.


Leading smart cities Barcelona and Smart Dubai are the latest signatories to join alongside regional and international government bodies, telecoms operators, technology firms and associations globally.


TM Forum is an industry association driving digital business transformation of the communications industry and the aim behind the manifesto is to bring together those who have a common desire to develop a new city-scale data economy that drives sustainability and inclusivity, by using digital platforms.


“As the world’s population expands and cities become denser, smart city programmes are contributing to a better quality of life,” said Carl Piva, VP and managing director of TM Forum’s smart city initiative.


“However, technology by itself will not solve the challenges facing urban centres around the world. Instead a shared, collaborative approach between the public and private sectors is needed in the development of local data economies to create services that will improve lives.”


All signatories to the City as a Platform manifesto have agreed to follow 10 common principles when deploying city platforms to serve residents, local businesses and other stakeholders. These principles act as a guide to those setting public policy and a design philosophy to unite the many organisations involved in each smart city programme, including large and small technology companies.


“The cities that use modern digital technology to create a better experience for each and every citizen, are the true smart cities. TM Forum’s city platform principles offer great guidelines to achieve this goal,” added Suvi Linden, member of the United Nations Broadband Commission and former Minister of Communications in Finland.


Manifesto signatories include major cities and government organisations such as: Atlanta; Barcelona; Belfast; Chicago; Cyberjaya; Dubai; Dublin; Las Vegas; Leeds; Limerick; Liverpool; Medellin; Miami; Milton Keynes; Sao Paulo; Tampere; Utrecht; Wellington; Yinchuan; the European Commission and the United Nations Broadband Commission; as well as global Communication Service Providers (CSPs) and technology firms including Orange, Tele2, NEC; associations and other institutions such as CABA, FIWARE Foundation, Fraunhofer, Future Cities Catapult, Leading Cities; OASC, and the Universities of Bristol and Manchester.


TM Forum has extended its partnership agreement with Labcities, the global smart city business network and marketplace. The announcement was also made at Smart Cities Expo World Congress in Barcelona.


Labcities serves a range of smart city services providers to connect with both public organisations and individual experts.


While Labcities will continue to operate as an independent entity, the new terms expands TM Forum’s global collaboration activities to more than 90,000 smart city, IoT and digital innovation experts, and engineers working at and with TM Forum members.


The accelerating pace of knowledge exchange between smart city service providers and city governments, increase requirements of providing a way to connect the ecosystem that goes beyond what any one organisation is capable of offering.


“Working together with TM Forum promises to be a fantastic adventure,” said Joan Torres, co-founder at Labcities. “With [its] widespread collaboration network of leading technology and service provider companies, we believe knowledge exchange will accelerate and business opportunity will multiply.”


‘We are pleased to be working with Labcities, and its extensive network, to accelerate the development of smart cities worldwide,” added Nik Willetts, CEO, TM Forum. “We share the belief that city-city collaboration and technology federation between cities is the next step in the development of smart cities and by working together we are playing a part in helping that to happen.”


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