Smart Cities need
open systems

Technologies and standards are evolving rapidly in the dynamic smart city environment. Cities need to stay flexible and prepare for a future based on standards and APIs. 

 

To be successful, Smart City initiatives must avoid being locked into an integrated solution from a single vendor. Specialized infrastructures create silos of information and services. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, for different city service organizations to work together efficiently, and it makes it difficult for the city to communicate effectively with its citizens. Openness, on the other hand, is critical to unlocking maximum value from the whole range of city services.


While city decision makers are increasingly aware of the benefits of an open approach, they need more clarity on the full implications of and challenges of openness as regards connectivity, interfaces between applications and city verticals, standards, and procurement. This article explores these various kinds of openness and argues for an open ecosystem that develops independently but integrates seamlessly at a higher level. Such an ecosystem is key to unlocking increasing value from different verticals and applications over time.

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