Global collaboration enables cities to exchange solutions

Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) recently announced an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS). This marks the launch of OASC’s Enterprise Partnership programme. AWS, one of the world’s leading cloud platforms, is the first global company to partner with the city network under the programme. Under the terms of the agreement, AWS will be supporting city customers to implement OASC’s Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs), enabling cities to exchange solutions and share open data. According to OASC, MIMs are based on open standards and specifications and have been adopted by more than 150 cities in over 30 countries.

Joint exploration

AWS and OASC will now jointly explore ways in which cloud technologies can address cities’ appetites for openness, interoperability, ownership, control, fairness, and local economic development. As part of the cooperation, AWS will support customers wanting to develop a cloud-native context broker based on OASC MIMs. Such a context broker provides normalized and structured data for the applications of a specific city. This should enable more cities and communities in the world to benefit from digital technologies.

Network and partnerships

OASC, established in March 2015, is a network that connects cities & communities worldwide to learn from each other and exchange digital, data-driven solutions. Members of the network are cities, towns and rural areas.

The primary partners to the cities are Core Partners, who constitute the Board of Directors together with the cities. These core partners are institutes such as IMEC, Connected Places Catapult, Fraunhofer IAO, Aarhus University, and Business Tampere.

So-called Strategic Partnerships are forged with national and global not-for-profit entities who can help advance the OASC objectives from a broader standpoint. The Enterprise Partnership Programme, available since January, is designed for collaboration with solution providers and innovators. The collaboration with AWS is governed by this programme.

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