Meet the new OASC cities from England, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and take part in the many interactive sessions to learn about the city-driven initiative to create a global smart city market based on simple, open standards at the Smart City Expo. Besides new countries, OASC also welcomes new cities to previous national networks. All cities have signed the OASC Letter of Intent to drive global smart city development based on city needs by implementing three simple standard mechanisms. Third wave brings the total of OASC cities above 70 cities, representing 15 country networks worldwide.
UK hosts launch event
The launch event takes place on November 18, 09.00–09.50 am, at the UK pavilion at the Smart City Expo, Gran Via, hosted by the Future Cities Catapult.
The launch panel speakers will include representatives of the Future Cities Catapult, OASC leadership, the European Commission and cities joining in the 3rd wave. After some introductory remarks, the floor will be open for an interactive Q&A session with the audience.
Apart from the launch, there are many opportunities to meet and engage with the OASC community and leadership. Below is a list of key sessions during the Smart City Expo. You can also meet representatives from OASC cities in many of the other panels.
Looking ahead: Conference, Strategy Forum
The focus of the OASC Task Force is to support the needs of the cities who are already working with the OASC mechanisms, and to inform those who are looking to assess the added value of joining the initiative.
In concrete terms, the Task Force prioritises network support through events and online resources, and technical development through working groups. The network support is targeting topics like technical issues and financing strategies.
The next big OASC event is the Connected Smart Cities Conference on January 21, 2016, in Brussels. Here, the OASC community convenes for a full day of inspiration, learning and networking at an event which is produced in partnership with key stakeholders in the global and European smart cities landscape.
The conference is scheduled back-to-back with the EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum and other events, essentially creating a “European smart city week”, so save the week of January 18–22, 2016.
Open & Agile Smart Cities – Smart City Expo World Congress
Tuesday, November 17
11.45–13.00: Juanjo Hierro, OASC Task Force – TE 41 Innovative platforms for multi- stakeholder processes to foster sustainable cities (Room 4).
Wednesday, November 18
09.00–09.50: OASC 3rd Wave Launch – UK Pavilion (Expo Area).
11.30–12.45: Martin Brynskov, OASC Chair – SO 63 Raising resources and creating platforms to develop more equitable cities (Room 6).
Thursday, November 19
11.30–12.45: Jarmo Eskelinen & Catherine Mulligan, OASC Task Force – GO 36 City standards and indicators spreading smart cities (Room 3).
Thirty-one cities from seven countries in Europe and Latin America launch the “Open & Agile Smart Cities” initiative to accelerate adoption of common standards and principles for global smart city development.
To put it shortly: the jobs of the future is not any longer hierarchy-organised or process-organised, put network-organised. The model is the same as the Internet; things are done in loosely coupled processes.
Basically it is an idea expanded from the loosely coupled ICT, and the benefits are similar but wider:
(Source – Forrester Research, “Software Innovation Requires A Loosely-Coupled Application Architecture”)
Loose architectural coupling unleashes innovation – With not having to reinvent the wheel every time you start a new project, your team is more focused on developing innovations and relying on this architecture knowing that it will work as expected. Also, since this enables agility, faster time-to-market is possible and thereby encouraging bringing new innovations to the market.
Silo bureaucracy is a fantastic thing, if you’re interested in the absurdities of life.
Bureaucracy is often faceless, but in reality it is often very personal. There’s often a single person behind the decisions. Park those somebodies as neighbors in government organisations which don’t communicate, and you’ll get great kafkaesque results.
Case example: employer-sponsored smart cards for exercise, for example Ticket Mind & Body which we have.
The point of that benefit is to make us exercise more. Bad physical condition is very expensive to the society, especially in an aging society like ours. Diabetes, heart disease and asthma spread at at an alarming speed. Workout is the best cure for all of these.
We tend to be lazy and come up with excuses of not to exercise. Smart cards takes on of those away by making it easy to join access the services. You can enter the gym or join the workout session just by pushing in a PIN code. You can have self-service gyms, 24 hour gyms; access could be with the exercise card. No need for separate cards or keys.
Except not. Technology does allow this, but the Finnish taxman does not. About a year ago, somebody in the taxman’s office woke up to the possibility of wrongdoing: you could give your smart card to your spouse, who could get the benefit instead of you – and that’s wrong.
So, nowadays smart cards can’t be used with a PIN (which they are made for), but with printed receipts which you need to sign. The gyms need to have service people behind the counter at all times (unless they give you a separate access card), and we can’t use the smart features of the card.
From the national health point of view, wouldn’t it be better that at least someone used the card for exercise? Wouldn’t it make sense to make that as easy as possible?
But hey, that’t not in the areas of responsibility of the taxman…
Hope you had a great summer. We Finns have our holiday one month earlier than the rest of Europe, so we are already back to work. July was nice, but it’s good to be back. There’s only so many Finnish river crabs one can catch (in this case, 120) before wanting a change.
For those seeking new ideas & connection, come to the fourth annual Living Labs Summer School, renamed to Open Living Lab Days (because the program spans beyond normal “summer school” boundaries) to Amsterdam. Fantastic program, also this year.