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Smart city organisations adopt Open APIs

The Open APIs have been made collaboratively by many of the world’s leading communication service providers

The Open APIs help cities agree on a common set of principles and building blocks
The Open APIs help cities agree on a common set of principles and building blocks

The digital transformation industry association, TM Forum, has announced a partnership with Leading Cities, the global non-profit organisation focused on improving quality of life in cities through smart city solutions.


Leading Cities is planning the launch of AcceliCity, an international Accelerator Programme for SMEs working with cities, in 2018. The programme will encourage the use TM Forum’s Smart City Reference Architecture and Open APIs.


In a separate announcement, TM Forum said its Open APIs have also been adopted by Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC), one of the world’s leading smart city associations. OASC is a city-driven, not-for-profit organisation with a vision to create an open smart city data and services market, based on the needs of cities and communities. Both announcements were made at this week’s Smart City Expo in Barcelona.


TM Forum’s Open APIs have been made collaboratively by many of the world’s leading communication service providers and are carefully documented and managed. By using proven Open APIs and a common Smart City Reference Architecture, AcceliCity programme participants will reduce development time, build on a solid and replicable foundation, and improve the potential to federate their work across multiple cities.


The AcceliCity Programme is an international network of smart city-focused accelerators combined with an intensive boot camp in Boston, USA, that culminates with opportunities for smart city start-ups to secure clients, investment funding and exhibition space at next year’s Smart City Expo.


The first two sites for the accelerators will be Barcelona, one of the world’s leading smart cities, and Boston, one of the richest start-up ecosystems globally.


Leading Cities and TM Forum both have a global community of urban experts and practitioners. They will leverage these networks to better prepare and position smart city start-ups – the companies developing the solutions to the greatest challenges facing urban areas – for success beyond prototyping.


“It is not sufficient to mentor and prepare start-ups so you can point them in the direction toward success. They must be put securely on the path of success, with investment funding, clients and revenue,” said Michael Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities.


Meanwhile, OASC is one of the key contributors to SynchroniCity, a flagship initiative aiming to deliver a digital single market for IoT-enabled urban services for Europe and beyond. SynchroniCity consists of 42 partners – public, private, NGOs and academic institutions – who have joined forces to realise this goal, with a budget of around €20M, including a €15M contribution from the European Commission.


As part of creating a shared market, cities need to agree on a common set of principles and building blocks. As the voice of many cities around the world, OASC is actively shaping global city specifications and standards in collaboration with several international partners.


For example, OASC has joined more than 80 other organisations in signing the City as a Platform Manifesto. Today it announced that it is endorsing and will be using TM Forum’s Open APIs, which are part of TM Forum’s Smart City Reference Architecture, as one of the building blocks of the OASC shared city marketplace.


“OASC is a partner to many prominent organisations and initiatives around the world and is excited to start this new chapter in the already flourishing partnership with TM Forum. TM Forum’s Open API approach resonates with cities in their quest of digital transformation towards a smarter and more connected world, while balancing all the challenges that follow,” says Martin Brynskov, OASC chair.


“The fact that leading cities around the world will start relying on the Open APIs in our Smart City Reference Architecture, created by our 850 service provider and technology member organisations, is a tremendously important step forward for cities around the world, and for the city ecosystem at large. By using the same building blocks, cities can get easy access to a shared marketplace of solutions and ideas”, said Carl Piva, TM Forum vice president and head of the Smart City Forum.


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