City as a Platform

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City as a Platform – CaaP – is a strategic project that gather 10 municipalities in Sweden (to begin with) that will explore, test, implement and collaborate on common IoT platforms to support community benefits in the cities. The project will also secure national anchorage and propose a national management model of a minimum framework for data platforms, including relevant standards and data models.

The background to this project is the fact that many cities have started testing connected sensors and the internet of things (IoT) with the purpose to understand how they can use data to streamline existing processes, get a better overview and offer optimized services to the inhabitants for example.  The cities have come a long way, but up until now, no Swedish city has achieved implementation of technical and/or organizational mechanisms that make it possible to collect real-time data from different sources and share data between the administrations or with suppliers.
Regardless of size, Sweden’s municipalities have similar challenges regarding data management and it would be of great value if Swedish cities and municipalities collaborate on data / IoT platforms. The project includes the municipalities Gothenburg, Malmö, Lund, Karlskrona, Kalmar, Stockholm, Uppsala, Hudiksvall, Umeå and Skellefteå. Through joint pilot projects (so-called Proof of Concepts; PoCs), about IoT and data management (where the starting point is a minimum framework of a data platform) issues, challenges and solutions are addressed jointly. One of the objectives of the project is that it should be easy to move services between the cities and Municipalities. The PoCs must demonstrate that this is possible. An important aspect will also be to secure national anchorage among all relevant actors and to propose a national management model of the minimum framework, including relevant standards.
Another part of the project is to create a “Smart City Lab” – a “hub” for collaboration that will assist municipalities, cities, technology – and service providers and also citizens in sharing knowledge and experience in the development of the smart city – the city as a platform.

The project is an innovation project within the strategic innovation program Viable Cities. The work is coordinated with the sister program IoT Sweden. The initiative was initiated within the framework of the Government’s collaboration program for smart cities and financed by Vinnova.

Project leader: Claus Popp Larsen – RISE, Therese Balksjö – RISE, Jan Markendahl – Kth
Project partners: RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden, KTH, IVL, Mobile Heights, Luleå Tekniska Universitet, Kista Science City (Urban ICT Arena), Hagström Consulting, SIS
Total project budget: 12 000 000 SEK
Applied for funding: 6 000 000 SEK
Project duration: 2018-11-15 – 2021-08-31
Type of project:
Innovation Project
Keyword: loT, data, smartcities, platform, loT-platform, dataplatform, digitalisation, standardisation, collaboration

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In relation to this project, the short film describing the vision of the smart city was also launched,

News about the project

Kick-off of City as a Platform on 22 March 2019