This FIWARE workshop on Smart Cities will take place during the GCTC-SC3 event in Washington, D.C. The event, hosted by NIST and DHS S&T, will bring together hundreds of municipal governments and technology innovators around the world who have established teams to address shared issues faced by cities and communities.

Moving Towards Open Platform Technologies to Materialize Society 5.0

We are facing a digital revolution. Everything which can be connected will be connected. Technology hereby plays a key role in creating networks and connectivity. Breaking down traditional silos, the Quadruple Helix (also called Open Innovation 2.0) provides a new approach for tackling the complex challenges we face in our societies.

To realize Society 5.0 at the city level, we aim to create (1) the smart city coalition of cities with system interoperability, (2) a data governance framework that ensures data portability for citizens, and (3) the green financing mechanism for local digital infrastructure (City OS).

The Objectives

The emphasis of the Quadruple Helix approach is on engaging the end-user in the innovation process so that the value of new concepts is on how well – and how quickly – they can be put into practice. We are proposing the area of Smart Cities and Mobility for a first application.

“As cities all face common challenges around the world, world leaders and stakeholders should agree on the adoption of open platform technologies bringing support to the creation of a sustainable global market where smart city solutions are interoperable and replicable. This way building confidence among investors, companies, scientists and the general public. Also protecting the investment of cities by avoiding vendor lock-in.”

Currently, shortcomings in the “right” management of digitization have had negative effects worldwide and led to distortions. There is a need for a global and trusted initiative where all players can collaborate to identify the minimum set of open platform technologies needed to stimulate the enormous potential of smart cities, deliver rapid growth of solutions and generate a sustainable, positive impact for all. In this context, stakeholders welcome an initiative to coordinate joint efforts worldwide towards the identification of open platform technologies for the benefit of a “Society 5.0”.

The target is therefore to demonstrate the benefits derived from the adoption of a minimum common set of open platform technologies enabling the creation of a sustainable global market for interoperable and replicable smart city solutions as well as the transformation of cities into platforms for the Data Economy.

Workshop Agenda

Format: 120 minutes

1. Plenary Session

  • Welcome and intro (5 min)
  • Overall goal and setting the scene (10-15 min)
  • Achievements of the FIWARE community as a role model (10-15 min)
  • A real-case demo for a concrete case (Smart Mobility) showing the potential impact and global benefits of the approach (10-15 min)
  • Intro of the rules and objective of 3 working groups (9 min in total / 3 minutes each)

(This chapter of the session will last roughly 45 – 60 min)

2. Breakout Sessions

First round 30 min in parallel

  • a. Overall goal and alignment about common vision
  • b. Means for sharing best practices (the places/initiatives to be, FIWARE governance, standards etc.)
  • c. The action plan towards future smart cities

Reviewing the results, adding content and comments (20 min)

3. Plenary Session

Wrap up, presentation of the results, alignment about further action (15 min)

This workshop is free of charge and open to all participants registered for GCTC-SC3

Date: 20 February 2019
Time: TBA
Venue: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center