Open & Agile Smart Cities has published a guide validated by 21 cities across Europe which aims to help put the foundations for transformation in place.
A guide to prepare cities for sustainable digital transformation and make it impactful for the public administration and citizens has been released.
According to Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC), The guide to Synchronicity is validated by 21 cities across Europe in a three-year project and has been adopted by more than 150 of its member cities.
The guide introduces the concept of OASC minimal interoperability mechanisms (MIMs) to enable interoperability; it then reflects on the SynchroniCity project that has received funding from the European Commission to validate this concept, and provides guidance on how everyone from cities to technology providers can adopt MIMs and take the movement forward.
The project involved a total of 50 deployments of products and services across 21 cities. These were broken down into pilots with between one and six organisations working on the deployment of their solution within the group.
“We all have a responsibility to ensure our cities and communities are the most sustainable, prosperous and as inclusive they can be.”
The pilots focused on citizen engagement, environment and wellbeing, and sustainable mobility. They demonstrated that by using this framework, it is possible to transfer social and environmental impact to local economic activity, as well as opening new market opportunities for both local authorities and technology service providers.
Interoperability and ethical use of data play key roles for a sustainable and scalable digital transformation of cities and communities, notes OASC. By providing the most crucial information about interoperability, the guide enables public administrations to start the exploration and begin to set the terms and conditions for IoT- and AI-enabled digital services.
“To realise what digital transformation of cities and communities promises – saving resources, providing better services for citizens, enabling transparency – we must all act together and set the foundations now,” said Martin Brynskov, chair of OASC and coordinator of the SynchroniCity project.
“We all have a responsibility to ensure our cities and communities are the most sustainable, prosperous and as inclusive they can be, so please use this guide to get started with the MIMs, and join an exciting and pioneering movement.”
OASC is a global network of cities and communities with the ambition to improve the quality of life of their citizens through innovation and technology. It aims to unite cities around the world to agree on common, open standards that enable a global market for urban, data-driven services based on the needs of cities and communities.
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