SynchroniCity aimed to create a harmonised marketplace for IoT services, to open up a global market of IoT-enabled services for cities and communities. Partnerships between businesses and public authorities would use technology to develop and deploy services to improve citizens’ lives and create long-term, sustainable economic development.
SynchroniCity ran over three years from January 2017 to December 2019 and received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, as part of the €104m Large Scale Pilots Programme.
SynchroniCity was created in order to address and solve the challenges posed by a lack of standardised solutions and application programming interfaces (APIs), which makes it difficult to integrate new technologies into city services. Additionally, the high risk of vendor lock-in deters the provision of large investments into the new smart city infrastructure, which limits potential growth and scale for new IoT infrastructures and service developers.
To overcome these challenges, SynchroniCity built a harmonised marketplace for IoT enabled and urban data services, by:
- Establishing a reference architecture for an IoT-enabled city with identified interoperability points and interfaces and data models from different verticals
- Developing tools for co-creation and integration of legacy platforms and IoT devices for urban services
- Providing enablers for data discovery, access and licensing thus lowering the barriers for participation for participation on the market place
Connected Places Catapult was tasked with running the project’s €3M Open Call as part of the SynchroniCity project to test the market response and to find businesses which could develop and deploy innovative solutions to this challenge.