Creating a uniform app platform for citizens across European cities.By Forum Virium
Many cities around the world are becoming increasingly "smart", with information and services provided to citizens via mobile apps, driven by increasingly rich and sophisticated data sets. So far, however, each city is developing independent systems and products, thereby requiring visitors (and developers) to switch between different apps, platforms and standards.
CitySDK (service development kit) is a programme, funded by the European Commission, to develop uniform approaches to data-driven apps. Based in Helsinki, the project is also piloting its work in Amsterdam, Lisbon, Barcelona, Istanbul, Lamia, Manchester and Rome. Across three initial areas of focus – resident involvement, transport and tourism – the aim is to make the process of developing and using apps as frictionless as possible.
Through creating open interfaces that are readily compatible in different European countries and cities, developers will be able to prototype and refine an app in one city, then easily expand its use across all of the cities participating in the scheme. Reducing the transaction costs of scaling up in this way promotes innovation and more efficient take-up of approaches which have been proven to be effective.
Image 'Amsterdam, Holland 074 - City of bikes' courtesy of Claudio.Ar
Last updated: 09th of May, 2014