“Towards Modular Smart Cities – From Vendor Lock-in to Interoperable Systems”

Friday Seminar
Date and time: May 29, 2015 14.30 - 16.00
Place: Wireless@kth/EIT ICT Labs co-location centre, Isafjordsgatan 26, Electrum building, Floor 3, elevator C
Speaker: Thomas Casey

About the seminar:

Cities are increasingly being empowered with information and communications technologies (ICT). The application of ICT technologies in a city environment has the potential to significantly reduce costs, increase productivity and wellbeing and have a fundamental impact throughout society and business. Smart city solutions are, however, currently heavily fragmented across cities and sectors (e.g. mobility, built environment, energy) leading to a situation where innovations do not diffuse widely and reach their full potential. Artificial silos exist between sectors and there is very limited co-operation across cities. Furthermore, cities and other important stakeholders often outsource ICT. Smart city projects are often developed in a manner where a city partners with a company that then operates and manages the smart city services on the city’s behalf. This vertical and closed model  in turn leads to the city becoming a rather passive entity which in turn leads to a vendor lock-in situation.

This talk examines how an open and modular interoperability environment could emerge across cities and smart city sectors. The talk will discuss what kind of modular and open processes need to be created such as common innovative practices for cities and other public actors related e.g. to procurement, regulation and opening of common resources (e.g. data) for the citizens use. Other important factors are the creation of a multi-actor business ecosystem with multiple buyers and multiple vendors and service providers all delivering their solutions over the same modular ICT architecture and the utilization of commonly agreed open interfaces, standards and an established interoperability certification mechanism for vendor products.

Thomas Casey holds a doctorate degree (Tech.) in network economics and has held several positions both in telecommunications industry and academia. He currently works for VTT where he focuses on the business development of intelligent transportation and smart city systems.


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland  Ltd (http://www.vttresearch.com/) is the leading research and technology company in the Nordic countries.  VTT is a multi-technology contract research organization providing high-end technology solutions and innovation services. VTT actively combines different technologies to create new innovations, thus improving its clients’ competitiveness and competence.

You may also attend the seminar through Adobe Connect. Follow this link to attend the seminar: https://connect.sunet.se/tc/

Coffe and sweets will be served!

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