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A City Operating System for Future Smart Cities

A City Operating System for  Future Smart Cities

In the last decade an increasing number of cities around the world have launched Smart City initiatives whereby they aim to utilise the latest development in ICT technologies to enhance existing city services or create new types of services to improve the lives and interaction with their citizens.

Smart city services are tightly integrated with the ICT capabilities of the infrastructure. They rely on ICT infrastructure for collection, manipulation and interpretation of data from a wide-range of sources (e.g. sensors, CCTV cameras, citizens’ SmartPhones, etc.) to rapidly create and deploy innovative urban services at city-scale. 

However, all previous smart city projects have been based upon closed, inflexible and vendor-specific ICT solutions.  Any new service developed on top of such solution uses proprietary Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) which typically lack the ability to optimise the underlying ICT infrastructure depending on specific performance and efficiency service requirements.

This significantly limits the ability of the city to innovate with the creation and deployment of new urban services and –more importantly- it is impossible to replicate and transfer from one city to another.

Zeetta Networks is a technology spin-out from the High Performance Networks group of the University of Bristol that offers an alternative solution based on City Operating System (CityOS).Based on open source software technologies, CityOS is an open and programmable ICT orchestration software that controls and manages data flows between different sub-systems in a smart city.

It is based on Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Virtualisation (NV) technologies which have been developed over the last 5 years under substantial funding from the European Commission, the UK Government and industry.

It provides an open platform for the development of applications and services from third parties with transparent access to the underlying ICT infrastructure. In that respect CityOS is similar to the Android operating system in your SmartPhone which manages and coordinates the data flow between its components.

The City OS has several unique features that make it ideal as a smart city solution:

  • Open & Programmable: Offers an open application development environment where third party developers can create new Smart City applications and services on the city’s ICT infrastructure
  • Technology Agnostic: Supports a wide variety of devices from Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensor to wireless, wired and cloud computing infrastructure
  • Abstraction of underlying resources:  Hides all the technology detail of the underlying ICT infrastructure and creates abstract models of the network resources for a simple and easy programing.
  • Network virtualisation: CityOS contains a powerful virtualisation engine which enables the “slicing” of the physical ICT network into separate “network slices”, each with its own Quality-of-Service (QoS) requirements.  This allows many users to use the same network resources simultaneously for a more efficient and cost effective network utilisation.

CityOS will be deployed in Bristol's Smart City environment as part of REPLICATE Project, a €25 million Horizon2020 project aiming to create integrated smart city solutions to tackle problems such as poor air quality, unsustainable energy use and traffic congestion. 

In summary, the CityOS solution enables third party software developers to create innovative smart city applications and services to manage the underlying network resources on isolated slices of the city ICT infrastructure.

The unique features of CityOS enable monitoring, management and optimisation of all interconnected sub-systems for the most efficient utilisation and monetisation of a Smart City infrastructure.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.