We all know that a smart city is a digitalised city, set to function with the help of the internet of things which connects the whole city. There are some cities that have already got there, while others are struggling to pick up the pace.
NEC Corporation has just announced its plans to help develop smart city standards for Europe. The company is one of the members of a new European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), a working group which could be furthermore called ETSI Industry Specification Group on Context Information Management.
That is quite a mouthful, so let me help you with this: the group will work on establishing open standards for the contextual metadata of IoT systems, with the sole purpose of extending the interoperability of applications, enable new third-party services and helping smart cities to integrate their existing services.
“Smart cities are in a rapidly growing field that benefits from standards which help to create social solutions more efficiently. As a social solution innovator, NEC will work closely with the ETSI ISG CIM, including its members from industry, cities, associations and research. We want to drive the development of essential standards for smart cities around the world,” said Yasunori Mochizuki, senior vice president, NEC Corporation.
The company has long shown interest in IoT development and smart cities, with this new membership helping NEC to solidify its footing in the emerging market.
Other members of the group include Orange, Telefonica, imec, and Easy Global Market. ETSI is part of a larger EU effort for establishing standards with the purpose of a Digital Single Market.