FOKUS, Memorandum of Understanding, 2015
from left to right: Mr Michael Bültmann (Managing Director HERE Deutschland GmbH), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ina Schieferdecker (Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS),  Dr. Marianne Janik (Senior Director Public Sector Microsoft Deutschland GmbH), Mr Peter Molengraaf (Chief Executive Officer Alliander N.V.), Mr Graham Colclough (Partner, UrbanDNA LLP), Günther .H. Oettinger (European Commissioner) European Union 2015

Memorandum of Understanding ─ Towards Open Urban Platforms for Smart Cities and Communities

News from June 05, 2015

In the presence of European Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger small and big organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding towards open and interoperable urban platforms during the General Assembly of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities, held in Berlin on 21 May 2015.

They committed themselves to speeding up the smart cities market by focusing on interoperable platforms so that cities can freely mix products from different suppliers leaving the traditional approach of custom-built and proprietary solutions behind.

14 diverse organisations from energy and transport suppliers to software companies to telecom providers to research institutes to cities have prepared and signed this MoU. All partners commit to dedicate required resources, expertise and associated budget to support the creation of jointly defined deliverables, e.g., in form of white papers, templates and more detailed technical specifications. 

Other organisations will be invited to join this cooperative approach by mid-June when more details on the governance structure and the way ahead will be published.