Citadel Team was at Future Cities Catapult HQ on the 13th of November 2014 to participate on a high-level working group developing new standards for Smart Cities. The event, co-organized by the FCC with the British Standards Institute, brought together a group of 25 Smart City experts from a range of domains to discuss the far-reaching possibilities for standards in the domain.
Citadel has been championing the need to put Open Data at the forefront of Smart City standards. From our work with more than 80 cities around the world, we know first-hand that data is the fuel that makes Smart Cities run. Data is the foundation of every service, every behaviour and every decision that makes cities better places to live and work. Without access to reliable, uniform Open Data, prospective Smart Cities are at a real disadvantage when it comes to driving new services. This message was warmly received by the standards team, who agreed that more needs to be done to guide cities through the release of Open Data.