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How INSPIRE helps cities to become smarter

Bart de Lathouwer and Athina Trakas

(Submission #352)


The ESPRESSO project (H2020, CSA, grant nr 691720 in collaboration with the EIP SCC (European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities) established a reference architecture that cities can use to break the current silo solutions (very hard to get data from the silo). Two concepts help break down the silos:

  1. MIM (Minimal Interface Mechanism) Instead of attempting to create comprehensive specifications and architectures that encompass every conceivable aspect of a city, the MIM approach does the opposite: establishes the minimal set of interoperability mechanisms that gives users just enough to link systems together when they need to. In the beginning, looser couplings can patch and stitch together systems, and thus, over time, pave the way for tighter, validated Couplings.

  2. PPI (Pivotal Points of Interoperability) One of the key challenges in the smart city space is the abundance of standards and technologies available to use for IoT and smart cities.Yet, there are some concepts and component standards that independent teams arrived at in common. If these PPI are known, integrating a new component into an existing deployment is simplified.

The INSPIRE and OGC interoperability specification have been identified as PPI for Smart Cities.


Topic Area:  [2.6] Cooperation on standardization
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   Yes
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes
Comments:   ESPRESSO, smart cities, standardisation

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