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Fraunhofer FOKUS developed architektures for ICT systems in Smart Cities Philipp Plum/ Fraunhofer FOKUS

Quality Engineering for Urban ICT

In 2010, around 52 percent of the world's population lived in cities. By 2030, this figure will probably be approximately 60 percent. All of these people expect a lot from the city: they want to be moved from A to B, electricity, water, and telecommunications should be available 24/7, and it should be possible to apply for documents online wherever possible. In other words, the city should be “smart” and optimally adapt to the needs of each and every individual, while being fast, cost-efficient, sustainable, and ecologically appropriate.

The business unit Quality Engineering (SQC) has therefore developed the “oupPLUS” reference architecture for information and communication technologies (ICT) in the Smart City. It enables the implementation of standardized Smart City concepts and promotes interoperability between components, modules, layers, and general artifacts of ICT systems in the Smart City.

The scientists are active in the following areas and offer related services to their customers:

  • “oupPLUS” as reference architecture and blueprint for the use of ICT technologies in public spaces
  • Support in the standardization of open urban platforms, e.g., according to DIN SPEC 91357, DIN SPEC 91367, or DIN SPEC 91397
  • Quality assurance of components and solutions according to the reference architecture “oupPLUS”
  • Development of a certification scheme for ICT solutions in urban environments
  • “oupPLUS” as a basis for the technical evaluation of emerging technologies in the smart city space (e.g., artificial intelligence, quantum computing, all-IP networking, blockchain, IoT, ...)
  • Consulting projects, concepts, and studies based on the “oupPLUS” principles

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