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Organised by Open & Agile Smart Cities, the group of 124 cities will be able to achieve interoperability of systems, data and services and avoid vendor lock-in
More than 120 cities have signed up to a set of universal tools that aim to increase the speed and openness of innovation and development for smart cities data and services as well as avoid vendor lock-in.
The international coalition has formally adopted the Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs) that aim to achieve interoperability of systems, data, and services between cities and suppliers.
The coalition of 124 cities from 24 countries is organised in the Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) network. OASC’s mission is to unite cities around the world to build a global market for smart city data and services from the demand side and based on the needs of cities and communities.
Formal approval of the MIMs took place during a vote in January at the OASC Council of Cities, a council representing all cities of the global network.
“The OASC MIMs are the key ingredient for cost-effective innovation and procurement for cities around the world as they allow companies to develop once and deploy many times," said Bart Rosseau, OASC Council of Cities coordinator and chief data officer of the city of Ghent (Belgium). "This drives down cost dramatically. MIMs also allow cities to avoid vendor lock-in, a big problem in the market today.
“With this vote, we see OASC maturing as an organisation and multiplying its efforts to support member cities and communities on their path of digital transformation.”
"This drives down cost dramatically. MIMs also allow cities to avoid vendor lock-in, a big problem in the market today"
The MIMs have already been implemented today in the cities of Antwerp (Belgium), Manchester (UK), Helsinki (Finland), Santander (Spain), Milan (Italy), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Carouge (Switzerland), Porto (Portugal), Seongnam (South Korea), and Bordeaux (France).
In the next six months, these cities as well as new cities and companies selected through the SynchroniCity open call will roll out a wave of new services based on MIMs, OASc reports. Initially, 49 market deployments will be implemented in18 cities.
“Almost as important as the adoption of the MIMs by the OASC member cities, is the fact that cities are finally talking standards,” added Rosseau.
“They are finding out just how important standards are when procuring new digital services. We are reaching a new level of awareness which will only help cities.”
OASC was founded as a grass-roots initiative four years ago and incorporated as a non-profit organisation in December 2017 with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
The network is supported by institutional partners Aarhus University (Denmark), Business Tampere (Finland), Future Cities Catapult (UK), and Imec (Belgium).
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