Interoperability as an enabler of Smart City Solutions

03 Sep 2018

Part of the Enabling Smarter Cities (ESC) webinar series

The area of smart cities is rapidly growing, in both new technologies and devices and the applications within this environment. The investment in this area is significantly increasing. In Europe alone, a multi-billion funding for Smart Cities projects has been set for the period between 2014 -2020 (EU Smart Cities & Communities).

To have a return of these investments, all involved actors such as municipalities, industries, business sectors, and even citizens need to work together to solve many complex challenges, including Interoperability. There are numerous solutions such as applications, software and devices adapted for different use cases and deployed in different cities, yet using proprietary and service specific platforms results in a level of a system isolation and hence, inefficiency for smart city projects. We are now at the stage that interoperability and use of open standards are essential if we ever plan to have a smart city.

The Enabling Smarter City (ESC) project aims at providing different types of actors with the necessary understanding of the Smart City solutions for making justified decisions and taking action to drive these solutions forward. ESC is planning a series of webinars inviting experts from different fields from all over the world to join and support us in delivering the content to our audiences including decision makers, procurers, planners, practitioners, city advisors, manufacturer, etc. In this specific webinar, we will talk about the issues, recommendations and successful stories on interoperability and how it enables the smarter cities projects to happen.

Join us for the second webinar in the Enabling Smarter Cities (ESC) webinar series, on Monday 3 September at 14:00-15:30 BST.




We will address the areas of:

  1. Interoperability and the importance of having it as part of any smart city plan
  2. Interoperability in the field of IoT (Internet of Things)
  3. Interoperability projects in the North of England and Manchester
  4. Manchester IoT project and the role of interoperability in the successfully implementation of the project
  5. Systemic standardisation approach to empower smart cities and communities (ESPRESSO)
  6. Current activities towards the creation of a standard-based Open Urban Platform/Framework ecosystem

a. City Enabler for Digital Urban Services (CEDUS) – an EIT Digital Co-funded project

b. Smart District Data Infrastructure (SDDI) – a Climate-KIC Co-funded project


Our speakers will include:

  • Carsten Roensdorf (Spatial Data Infrastructure and Digital Platform Lead at UK Ordnance Survey & Chair 3D Information Management Working Group of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC))
  • Bart De Lathouwer (Director, Interoperability Programs of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC))
  • Simon Navin (Smart Cities Programme Manager at UK Ordnance Survey)
  • Roberto Di Bernardo (Head of Open Government Group (R&D Laboratory) at Engineering Ingegneria Informatica Spa)
  • Mandana Moshrefzadeh (Research associate from Technical University of Munich)


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