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Open & Agile Smart Cities to foster development of smart city solutions

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The Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative, signed by 31 cities from Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Spain and Brazil, aims to kickstart the use of FIWARE standards to foster the development of Smart City applications and solutions.

The commitment marks a milestone in the development of Smart Cities, boosting the transformation of cities into engines of growth and well-being through innovation.

Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Oulu and Turku in Finland; Copenhagen, Aarhus and Aalborg in Denmark; Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp in Belgium; the Portuguese Porto, Lisbon, Fundão, Palmela, Penela, Águeda; Milan, Palermo, Lecce in Italy; Valencia, Santander, Málaga, Sevilla, in Spain; and the Brazilian Olinda (Recife), Anapólis (Goiás), Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul), Vitória (Espírito Santo), Colinas de Tocantins (Tocantins) and Taquaritinga (São Paulo), are already committed to implement common standards.

“Very few mechanisms are in place to support the digital transition of cities and societies, which in complexity is on the scale of the green transition, if not bigger”, explains Martin Brynskov, chair of the Connected Smart Cities Network Board (CSC). “OASC shows a very concrete way forward with mechanisms that everyone can implement, for the benefit of everyone”.

The goal of this important agreement is to encourage cities to adopt, a first open-licensed standard API implemented in FIWARE targeted to provide a lightweight and simple means to gather, publish, query and subscribe to context information describing what happens in the city at any time.

The cities will also collaborate in the definition of common standard open data models based on results of experimentation and actual usage. A first set of common standard open data models will be based on the results of the CitySDK project developed in Europe.

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