WASHINGTON, DC — August 26, 2020 – ATIS and US Ignite today announced publication of the Smart Cities Data Catalog Specification, a resource to help cities leverage data exchanges to achieve greater usability and application of their evolving smart cities infrastructure.
The publication recommends a common data sharing approach for smart cities to use to enhance the value of city data assets and third-party data. Using the specification, for example, governmental agencies, developers and data partners could easily access data to explore a neighborhood’s business development potential. The document also introduces a blueprint for a common framework to help cities achieve their data-sharing goals. A set of critical components needed for advanced data sharing is provided.
“Making smart cities data easily discoverable, useable and more valuable is key to creating opportunities in this area,” said ATIS Vice President – Technology and Solutions Mike Nawrocki. “The Smart Cities Data Catalog Specification helps advance these goals. It introduces the role of ‘data enrichers’ who will put innovation into action through advanced analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence to increase the value of smart cities data.”
“The value of city data doesn’t end at the borders of municipal control. Whether people are monitoring traffic patterns to understand mobility demands, or analyzing resource availability to develop economic strategy, they need data sets that extend beyond governmental boundaries,” said Praveen Ashok, Technical Program Manager, US Ignite. “We’re gratified to produce this data sharing framework in collaboration with so many dedicated partners, and we look forward to seeing how city leaders put it to use to address challenges and improve quality of life in their communities.”
ATIS and US Ignite have already been engaged in dialogue with city officials seeking opportunities to use the new Smart Cities Data Catalog Specification.
“The City of Vaughan in Ontario, Canada is a smart city leader,” said Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. “In our community, smart city initiatives are creating enhanced opportunities by improving the way data is collected, understood and utilized to safeguard and elevate the quality of life for citizens, as well as enhance the delivery of public services people and businesses rely on each day. The Smart City Data Exchange will provide opportunities for analytics companies and other businesses in Vaughan to access and navigate the City’s data, which will be valuable to include in the development of software applications.”
Smart City Architect of the City and County of Denver Jim Lindauer stated, “The Smart Data City Exchange and Data Catalog standards are a foundational data framework that will accelerate the sharing of data between public and private entities at a regional and national level. It has been an honor to work with esteemed colleagues in the creation of this document over the last several years.”
Learn more about how the data catalog specification helps cities create a common approach to sharing data with their citizens and data partners. Access the report at: https://www.atis.org/resources/smart-cities-data-catalog-specification/.
As a leading technology and solutions development organization, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) brings together the top global ICT companies to advance the industry’s business priorities. ATIS’ 150 member companies are currently working to address 5G, Smart Cities, robocall mitigation, artificial intelligence-enabled networks, distributed ledger/blockchain technology, cybersecurity, IoT, emergency services, quality of service, billing support, operations, and much more. These priorities follow a fast-track development lifecycle – from design and innovation through standards, specifications, requirements, business use cases, software toolkits, open source solutions, and interoperability testing.
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About US Ignite
US Ignite is a high-tech nonprofit with a mission to accelerate the smart community movement. We work to guide communities into the connected future, create a path for private sector growth, and advance technology research that’s at the heart of smarter development. For more information, visit www.us-ignite.org.