Ethos Smart is developing a number of affordable, multi-city, open data digital platforms that are targeted to solve specific city challenges, with clear returns on investment and provided through a Software as a Service subscription model. The challenges we are tackling include:
Future Cities Parking Management Platform: Through a multi-city, open data, parking space management platform, that is free at the point of use, sensor agnostic & that delivers revenue, policy, environmental & quality of life benefits, by offering space availability, booking, dynamic pricing, payment & reporting services.
City/Regional Skills Planning Platform: Through a city/regional skills planning digital platform, exploiting & utilising open data to a far greater extent than has been possible in the past. This is a collaborative project involving all elements of the skills supply, demand & training pipeline, significantly increasing the city/regions ability to conduct skills planning in a smart way, both at a regional & national level.
Smart City Linked Open Data Portal: Through gathering and updating SC information automatically, from the public & private sectors and publishing it as Linked Open Data. This provides the means to locate SC activity, skills & capability easily, helping cities to solve urban challenges & create new business opportunities.
Our approach in each of these areas address the trends of vertical integration, either in the form of product driven solutions that are typically about generating revenue from the sale of equipment or App driven solutions that focus on collecting available data & delivering this through an app with revenue generated from app sales and/or advertising. In practice, different market offers draw on elements of each approach. What is consistent, however, is that data is being vertically integrated with key product/service suppliers taking control of the open data “value chain” from capturing the raw data (e.g. via sensors), organising it, adding context, through to presentation for final consumption. The raw data may start as open, and free, but quickly becomes a commercial product before it can be effectively consumed. This data is owned by the city/citizen and we feel that its stewards (cities/councils) have a duty to make this data both open (free at the point of use) and easily consumable (good quality, current and contextualised).
Our platform solutions provide a single, consistent resource to solve specific problems, taking data through the “value chain”, making it both open and easy to consume. This approach is novel in that it delivers integration through “networked data”. This disrupts the otherwise inexorable move to vertical integration. It creates a horizontal “layer” or capability that allows raw data from a range of sources to be captured, published (as good quality, current & contextualised data) ready for consumption by cities & citizens, directly or via a multitude of other channels.
All of our projects are based on open data, and we believe that by focusing on specific solutions, finding, (creating if needed), organising, contextualizing and making the data easy and fit for consumption, we can deliver enduring solutions that make our cities more efficient, integrated and sustainable. The data we publish conforms to the open standards around creating and publishing linked data.
For our parking project we have 12 cities engaged in supporting our demonstrator project, whilst having a number of innovative SMEs in our supply chain. In regards to our skills projects we have one city sponsoring a feasibility study and two other interested in contributing to the roll out of the platform. For the Smart City Portal we are engaged with central government departments of Business, Innovation and Skills as well as the Cabinet Office. We are also in early discussions with a number of European cities.
Is the commitment potentially open to additional partners and if so, in which priority area (please tick the relevant options)?
- Sustainable Urban Mobility
- Sustainable Districts and Built Environment
- Integrated Infrastructures and Processes across Energy, ICT, and Transport
- Citizen Focus
- Policy and Regulation
- Open Data Governance
The City Skills Planning platform will be centered on 3 UK cities/councils (York, Portsmouth & the London Borough of Greenwich). The Smart City Portal will be UK wide. For both our plan is to have the City Skills Planning Platform and Smart City Portal operational, in their first iterations, by the end of the year.
The parking project will be centered on 12 cities/councils including (Bristol, Brighton, Milton Keynes, Leeds, York, Portsmouth and the London boroughs of Ealing, Enfeild, Barnet, City Of London, Greenwich and Hackney). We intend to start the demonstrator work in September and have the platform operational in early 2015.
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