The initiative aims to help cities scale up their use of data and foster the development of portable, scalable city solutions.
The FIWARE Foundation and trade association TM Forum have announced a collaboration programme to develop tools which support a digital marketplace of interoperable and replicable solutions for smart cities.
Participating cities will adopt a standard reference architecture for their data platforms and collaborate on common data models so that developers can create services and products that interoperate and can be rolled out in multiple cities without a high level of custom development work.
The cities of Vienna, Nice, Saint Quentin, Genoa, Utrecht, Porto, Santander, Valencia, Gothenburg, La Plata and Montevideo have joined the Front-runner Smart Cities programme, and other cities are being invited to join.
The reference architecture uses the FIWARE NGSI (Next Generation Service Interface) API and TM Forum Open APIs. The FIWARE Context Broker technology, implementing the FIWARE NGSI API, provides the basis for breaking information silos within the city, creating a real-time view and foundation for overall city-data governance.
As well as helping cities realise the potential of real-time open data and easing the development of innovative solutions by third parties, TM Forum and FIWARE say the programme will help cities move towards a ‘city as a platform’ vision and support an economy of data.
TM Forum and FIWARE say the programme will help cities move towards a ‘city as a platform’ vision and support an economy of data.
“As the number of cities deploying smart city platforms powered by FIWARE grows, the need for a collaboration programme like this has become evident," said Ulrich Ahle, CEO, FIWARE Foundation. “Joining forces with TM Forum brings more answers to the need for concrete and practical standards.”
Gema Igual, Mayor of the City of Santander, said: “The fact that Santander adopted FIWARE technology around seven years ago has positioned our city in a privileged situation. We are now really proud to be part of this challenging programme which will enable us to consolidate tighter interactions with worldwide cities and speed up digital transformation.”
Carlos Leonczuk, Director of the Smart and Sustainable Development Department, Montevideo, said: “Montevideo has pioneered the implementation of a ‘powered by FIWARE’ smart city platform in Latin America. We are happy to collaborate with other pioneer cities around the world towards consolidation of FIWARE and TMForum Open APIs as ’de facto’ standard for smart cities.
"[We are] also contributing to the definition of common information models, supporting the development of interoperable and replicable smart city solutions and the transformation of cities into engines of growth.”
"We are contributing to the definition of common information models, supporting the development of interoperable and replicable smart city solutions and the transformation of cities into engines of growth.”
Daniele Rizzi, Principal Administrator and Policy officer at the European Commission (EC), said the Front-runner Smart Cities programme complements the EC’s CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) programme – the FIWARE Context Broker technology is being integrated as a new CEF Building Block.
European Union public administrations are being encouraged to adopt CEF Building Blocks so that their digital service infrastructures can support cross-border services.
“Smart cities standards will enable smart parking or air quality applications to work the same in multiple cities across borders”, Rizzi explained.
The Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) network, which includes more than 120 cities from 25 countries, will also collaborate with the programme.
A kick-off meeting will take place later this month at 5th FIWARE Summit in Málaga.