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Open standards link smart city systems

Open and collaborative cities

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Smart cities are preparing for the future

Technologies and standards are evolving rapidly in the dynamic smart city environment. Cities need to stay flexible and prepare for a future based on open standards and APIs. 


To be successful, smart city initiatives must avoid being locked into an integrated solution from a single vendor. Specialized infrastructures create silos of information and services. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, for different city service organizations to work together efficiently and it makes it difficult for the city to communicate effectively with its citizens. Openness, on the other hand, is critical to unlocking maximum value from the whole range of city services.


Download the report to read how the city is addressing the needs of its citizens and achieving its smart city goals.

In the report:


  • What open standards mean and why they are important to smart cities initiatives
  • The development stages of the smart city industry
  • How cities are implementing an open standards approach

Another benefit of open systems is that cities can avoid high costs of updating, running and managing the IT themselves"


Marlyn Zelkowitz,

Solution Expert SAP

The development stages in the smart city industry


While city decision makers are increasingly aware of the benefits of an open approach, they need more clarity on the full implications and challenges of an open system with regard to connectivity, interfaces between applications and city verticals, standards, and procurement. This article explores these various kinds of openness and argues for an open ecosystem that develops independently but integrates seamlessly at a higher level. Such an ecosystem is key to unlocking increasing value from different verticals and applications over time.

The development stage smart city industry infographic


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