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Enabling smart cities with urban platforms

Andrew Collinge, Assistant Director, Intelligence and Analysis, Greater London Authority, and Norbert Koppenhagen, Vice President for Research & Innovation at SAP explain the need for an interoperability framework of open standard interfaces to escape the danger of ‘vendor lock-in’ and silos

In recent years, cities are looking increasingly towards ICT in order to address the issues stemming from their rapid growth, high environmental impact, inefficient use of energy, tremendous economic footprint and stagnating or even deteriorating living standards.

Andrew Collinge, Assistant Director, Intelligence and Analysis, Greater London Authority, and Norbert Koppenhagen, Vice President for Research & Innovation at SAP
Photo: London Greater Authority

The deployment of ICT solutions in order to improve the efficiency and the environmental wellbeing of the different cities’ subsystems such as mobility, energy, e-government, health, water, waste and others, has given birth to the notion of socalled smart cities and communities. It is widely believed that the so-created smart cities will improve the liveability and attractiveness of cities and communities for citizens. Via the increased efficiency and decreased environmental impact, they also contribute to the achievements of the ambitious EU environmental and energy targets.

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