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Syncronicity

Helping to create new services that tackle urban challenges

Simplifying the creation of new services that tackle urban challenges using Internet of Things (IoT) and data technologies

SyncroniCity

SynchroniCity is a collaborative R&D project established to help cities simplify the creation of new services that tackle the urban challenges they are facing using Internet of Things (IoT) and data technologies.

The project is funded under Europe’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme connecting 34 partners from 11 countries over four continents.

With a lack of standardised technology solutions on the global market, there is a dependency on specific vendors making it difficult to integrate new technologies, meaning there is a high risk of vendor lock-in and a reluctance in making larger investments into new smart city infrastructure.

This lack of standardised solutions and application programming interfaces (APIs) makes it difficult for service developers to deploy smart city services across multiple cities which is a major barrier to growth, in particular for smaller organisations.

In order to overcome the above challenges, SynchroniCity aims to create a more harmonised market place for urban data and IoT enabled services. This market place will be established and piloted across eight European cities, including Manchester, Helsinki, Eidhoven, Antwerp, Milano, Porto, Satandaer and Carrouge and three other partner cities around the world.

It will do this by:

  • Establishing a reference architecture for an IoT-enabled city with identified interoperability points and interfaces and data models for different verticals.
  • Developing tools for co-creation and integration of legacy platforms and IoT devices for urban services..
  • Providing enablers for data discovery, access and licensing thus lowering the barriers for participation in the marketplace.
  • Taking an inclusive approach to grow the ecosystem, SynchroniCity actively encourages startups and scaleups and cities to join the marketplace. There will be an open call process which will make €3M available in order to facilitate a second wave of new innovations.

In order to maximise its impact, SynchroniCity is closely aligned with Open Agile Smart Cities and will feed into ongoing standardisation activities in ETSI and ITU.

The consortium combines strong industry players with research institutions that have a track record of delivering high quality innovation.

To find out more, email our Head of Technology and IoT Tech Lead [email protected] .

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The project is funded under Europe’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme connecting 34 partners from 11 countries over four continents.

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