IoT Platform Convergence for Smart Cities


Join us in Room 4 at CICG for this full day workshop co-sponsored by SynchroniCity and the Open and Agile Smart Cities initiative (agenda below).

SYNCHRONICITY is an Horizon 2020 European Union project funded to deliver a digital single market for IoT-enabled urban services. The project pilots services at scale in reference zones across eight European cities while incentivising and encouraging robust participation from companies and citizens. The goal is to deliver common, co-created IoT-enabled urban services that meet citizen needs in a global market and to create an environment of evidence-based solutions that can easily be transferred for use in other regions. SynchroniCity has 33 partners across 11 countries with a focus on the 8 core cities of Antwerp (BE), Carouge (CH), Eindhoven (NL), Helsinki (FI), Manchester (UK), Milan (IT), Porto (PT), Santander (ES) with linked cities in Mexico, South Korea, Brazil and the USA.

The Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative (OASC) is a city-driven, non-profit organization with the overall objective to create a Smart City market. OASC is the international network of cities committed to sharing best practices; comparing challenges and opportunities; advocating for de facto standards and working to avoid vendor and city lock-in. OASC kick-starts the use of a shared set of methods to develop systems and make them interoperable across a single city as well as between multiple cities. OASC was founded in January 2015 and came to life with the First Wave of member cities joining in March 2015. OASC grew to 104 city members by October 2016. An expected 6th Wave of member cities will be announced at the IoT Week in Geneva.

Full Agenda

9:00 – 10:45   Leading Examples of IoT Enabled Smart Cities

This is the first session of the full day workshop exploring the Internet of Things (IoT) in the context of smart cities. IoT is a fundamental enabler for smart cities. Wireless sensors play an increasing role in environmental monitoring, waste management, security and transportation. Energy efficiencies are closely monitored and controlled through smart metering, sensors and other smart grid innovations. IoT enables public administrations to monitor and address detected problems in real time. In this context, this morning’s panel will provide an overview of the some of the international initiatives in this domain followed by presentations and discussion of reference models from some current IoT enabled smart cities.

11:15 – 13:00   International IoT Platforms for Smart Cities Initiatives

This is the second session of the full day workshop exploring the Internet of Things (IoT) in the context of smart cities. A panel of representatives from global projects will continue and deepen the discussion around emerging international initiatives that have been developing common frameworks, applications and technologies across cities and regions over the last few years.

14:00 – 15:45   Breakout Discussion Groups on Convergence 

This is the third session of the day long workshop exploring the Internet of Things (IoT) in the context of smart cities. There will be three concurrent breakout sessions as follows:

IoT & Smart Cities: Standardization Strategy – (Room 14)

Chairs: Bart De Lathouwer & Cathy Mulligan

IoT & Smart Cities: Platform Integration and Interoperability – (Room 13)

Chairs: Martin Brynskov & Sébastien Ziegler

 IoT & Smart Cities: Personal Data Protection Strategy – (Room 4)

Chairs: Nikolaos Kontinakis & Lucio Scudiero 

16:15 – 18:00   Towards Interoperability and Convergence Among IoT Platforms for Smart Cities

This is the final session of the full day workshop exploring the Internet of Things (IoT) in the context of smart cities. This session provides the forum for review of the salient factors from the day’s presentations and for discussion of the challenges and opportunities surrounding the role of standardization in interoperability and the convergence among IoT platforms.

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