South-East Queensland is advancing together as a network of Smart Cities.
Sixty-one cities from twelve countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific recently joined the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative to accelerate global smart city development based on city needs.
The foundation Australian members are Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and Springfield, together with the Queensland University of Technology’s Urban Informatics Research Lab, and the Open Data Institute Queensland. Toowoomba Regional Council is also in the process of joining the initiative.
OASC is a global initiative, linking in a very practical way existing city networks and smart city initiatives. With its clear focus of adding value to current efforts, it is a natural part of the global smart city landscape.
Read OASC global newsletters here:
Australia is the latest country network to join OASC, demonstrating how cities take decisive, collaborative action towards linking regional local priorities with the global technical and economic dynamics:
QUT’s Professor Marcus Foth, initiator of the Australian contingent and founder of the Urban Informatics Research Lab explains further about the initiative “the OASC principles strongly align with our lab’s research findings: Smart cities require open standards to ensure interoperability and competitiveness by avoiding vendor lock-in. The OASC will enable us to benchmark performance and easy sharing of urban innovation.”
Australian member progress report, as at 14 June 2016:
Our member cities have reported the following progress in relation to the first 3 principles of the OASC initiative:
- API: Adoption of a lightweight, open-license standard API to gather, publish, query and subscribe to in-time context information describing the state of the city. Specifically, the FIWARE NGSI API will serve as a first common API which the supporters will implement.
Brisbane has implemented an API gateway and has developed a high level data architecture that will support its smart city. Next steps are to define Brisbane’s Open Data API architecture that leverages the API gateway. The intention is to base this open architecture on the FIWARE NGSI API and redesign any current APIs.
Gold Coast has developed a high-level ‘smart city’ architecture, which is based on using the FIWARE NGSI API. It is further intended to develop this into a detailed solution architecture over the next 3 months or so.
- Data model: Adoption of a simple initial standard data model required for effective interoperability when exchanging context information. Specifically, CitySDK, which is available through the FIWARE NGSI API, functions as a basis.
Brisbane’s data architecture manages a range of data models internally due to many legacy systems. Brisbane intends to incorporate the CitySDK in the Open Data solution architecture and contribute to expanding the CitySDK coverage.
Gold Coast is incorporating the CitySDK into the detailed architecture.
- Open Data Platform: Adoption of a flexible, easily distributable, open data publication platform that any organisation can set up at a low cost if it is not already being used. Specifically, CKAN will serve as the initial standard platform for publication of datasets or NGSI API resources. CKAN is already integrated and extended as part of the FIWARE Reference Architecture
Brisbane implemented its own CKAN Open Data portal in June 2015 (data.Brisbane.qld.gov.au). In October 2015 Brisbane implemented a shared metadata search with a number of other CKAN portals across Australia including the Australian Open Data portal (data.gov.au).
Gold Coast publishes its open data on the Australian open data platform (data.gov.au), which is a CKAN platform. It is intended to implement the architecture through discrete, contained projects that will adhere to the standards. The first project, still to be confirmed, is likely to be an upgrade and migration of the existing flood modelling system.
For more information on Australia’s participation, you are welcome to contact the following representatives of the foundation Australian members: