ATIS Launches Smart Cities Data-Sharing Venture with US Ignite
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | Comments

ATIS and US Ignite launched a joint initiative to give cities the ability to enhance their smart cities' data-sharing capabilities. This new initiative is bringing city thought leaders and industry together to create a blueprint for the secure and interoperable exchange of data beyond city operational boundaries.

Cities are exploring new applications that require sophisticated data collection devices that can process and deliver real-time data from sensors, vehicles and internet of things (IoT)-enabled infrastructure. To analyze and apply this data, they have deployed a wide range of data management platforms to meet their unique needs.

For cities to benefit from the next generation of enhanced applications leveraging real-time data and creating a vibrant data ecosystem, the data they collect must be shared in an interoperable and secure way with other cities, adjacent communities, federal/state government agencies, partners, citizens and application developers. The goal is to position cities for success in leveraging the next decade of applications.

Cities are beginning to identify the value of working together and exchanging data to meet the needs of macro-applications across regions, resiliency demands and interoperability concerns driven by coordination with other government agencies. The cities participating with ATIS and US Ignite will lay a foundation for developing a data-exchange specification to meet these concerns and map the evolutionary path forward. It will include a data-sharing framework, data formats and protocols, security and privacy requirements and common application programming interfaces (APIs).

While primarily focusing on data exchanges, the work will also help cities advance toward participating in robust data marketplaces, which fully enlist the private sector and promote new business models for trading, owning and optionally monetizing the data they collect.

"Effective sharing of smart cities data can be a great equalizer for communities of different sizes, demographics, income levels and geography," said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller.

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