Smart Cities as an Open Application Platform

The Internet of things (IoT) has resulted in a plethora of sensors and data collected in cities across the planet. At the same time all major cities maintain significant IT infrastructure in order to operate services for their citizens which is typically under utilised. In today’s world the majority of citizens will own either browser enabled smartphones, tablets or PCs. By developing and deploying an application framework to run on this IT infrastructure, appropriately certified developers can make IoT data available to 3rd party developers in order to create innovative, city specific applications.

City authorities will be able to monetise the platform by licensing data usage to developers. Citizens will be able to make better use of city services through the use of applications based on data derived from sources such as traffic, parking, and facilities usage. Ultimately cities may also opt to allow certain devices connected to the infrastructure, such as streetlighting, to be directly controlled. As standardised platforms are deployed across the globe it will be- come possible to “port” applications between cities, as we look to further connect the world, providing a number of benefits to all internet users.

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