VICINITY project at “Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities Coordination Group” by CEN/CLC/ETSI
The CEN/CLC/ETSI Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities Coordination Group (SSCC-CG) coordinates Smart City related standards being developed by CEN, CENELEC and ETSI in order to avoid duplication and wasted effort. It does not develop standards itself, but can recommend the development of new standards to fill gaps. It also involves associations of cities, such as EUROCITIES and ICLEI, and consumer associations such as ANEC and ECOS. It has a liaison with the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC).
It was agreed that SSCC-CG will be transformed into a new Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities Sector Forum (SF-SSCC). The Chair of SF-SSCC will be Bernard Gindroz who is also Chair of ISO TC268 and the CEN/CLC Sector Forum on Energy Management.
Key issues for VICINITY include:
- Smart City cross domain use cases: Cross-domain use cases are crucial to VICINITY in order to include a useful and representative set of use cases for the pilots which will in turn provide cross-domain requirements for the VICINITY architecture and APIs. Examples of cross-domain use cases include:
- The Smart Lamp Post (the ‘humble’ lamp post as defined by EIP-SCC) integrating WiFi access, weather forecasts, traffic congestion information, tourist information, environmental monitoring and monitoring of parking spaces,
- Smart Lighting and Smart Mobility to reduce lighting levels in areas of cities where there is little vehicle or pedestrian traffic.
- Environmental Monitoring and Smart Mobility so that traffic can be re-routed away from areas of high environmental pollution.
- Smart Energy and Smart Mobility so that Electric Vehicles (EVs) can provide power to the smart energy grid to add capacity during periods of potential overload.
- Smart Lighting and Smart Parking so that lighting is only provided when car parking has been booked and used in order to save energy.
- Smart Energy, Smart Buildings and Smart Mobility to ensure that power is available to charge electric vehicles when required.
- Smart Parking and e-Health to ensure that parking is available for health professionals when required.
- Environmental Monitoring, Smart Energy and Smart Buildings to improve the environment and energy management of buildings based on information collected on the indoor and outdoor environment.
- E-Health and Smart Appliances to monitor appliances to check for abnormal events (e.g. appliances being left on by user).
- Environmental monitoring and network resilience, for example to prioritise telecommunications traffic in emergency situations.
VICINITY has several of these use cases within its current set of pilots.
- Replication: A key issue for Smart City administrations is how to improve the Return of Investment so that the benefit of smart city investments are clearer. One way to reduce the cost is by replicating Smart City solutions from other cities and this should be studied. SF-SSCC proposes to hold a Smart Cities event in October during the DG REGIO week in Brussels. This will focus on Smart City use cases and how these might be replicated through standardisation. Cities will be invited to present their use cases to see how suitable they are for replication. Five cities have already done this during the ETSI IoT/M2M workshop in November 2016. These use cases need to be analysed to look at their suitability for replication.
- Standards: CEN and CENELEC develop domain specific standards for Smart Cities (e.g. for Smart Mobility, Smart Energy and Smart Buildings). ETSI develops standards for the horizontal IoT data platform including the oneM2M platform and the communications technologies underlying it. A multiplicity of standards will continue to be used for the IoT, and semantic-layer standards are needed to enable open data from different domains to be correlated.