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Case Study: Smart city success relies on co-operation and collaboration
Data Sheet / Feb 2017 / IoT

The smart cities market and its associated segments, which include smart buildings, intelligent transportation and energy management among others, are all lucrative and growing IoT markets. They all share the demand for more standardised approaches and the need for partnerships. Here, IoT Now Magazine reports on the recent oneTRANSPORT initiative in the UK which demonstrates how different organizations can collaborate effectively and features InterDigital's role in the oneTRANSPORT initiative.

44 IoT Now - February / March 2017 CASE STUDY The oneTRANSPORT initiative, a public-private sector consortium comprised of eleven organisations is currently conducting a two- year field trial of an intelligent transport system to support multiple data sources and IoT applications using InterDigital?s open horizontal platform, oneMPOWER powered by wot.io. The public-sector participants in oneTRANSPORT include four county authorities as well as the UK?s highways transport agency. They also serve travellers from further afield who may journey to large events such as the annual Formula One Grand Prix race. The private sector participants include transportation sector experts, IoT technology providers, contractors managing transportation sensors, analytics specialists and application developers (see Figure 1). Within this initiative, four UK counties: Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire, as well as the Highways England transport agency are providing their data through the oneTRANSPORT platform. This encompasses close to 300 data sources including sensor feeds, bus and rail data, roadwork activities, CCTV feeds and parking occupancy. The goal is to help local authorities converge and commercialise their multiple, respective data streams for transportation-related applications. Both analytics specialists and application developers can access those data sets in consistent formats without having to handle multiple interfaces. These specialist application developers and solution providers come from various transportation areas serving citizens in areas such as passenger and driver assistance, governments with support for smart cities, for example, and enterprises with insurance and supply chain and services, for example. In addition, IT solution providers or local authorities can manage their data assets through dashboard visualisation tools and policy mechanisms that facilitate commercial data-access services. The system is extensible to new data sets which helps to eliminate significant future technical hurdles. The trial is a useful reference model for IoT applications because of its target use cases and system architecture. Specifically, several different user groups share a common IoT platform and service enablers. This offers significant commercial, technology- management and interoperability benefits. There are obvious commercial benefits from platform sharing and pooling of expertise across different disciplines. This is also a clear priority for cash-constrained public sector agencies. Many organisations will progress from tailored solutions stacks for individual IoT applications to reusable solutions stacks in the future. As a result, InterDigital made an early commitment to the oneM2M Partnership The smart cities market and its associated segments, which include smart buildings, intelligent transportation and energy management among others, are all lucrative and growing IoT markets. They all share the demand for more standardised approaches and the need for partnerships. Here, we report on the recent oneTRANSPORT initiative in the UK which demonstrates how different organisations can collaborate effectively Smart city success relies on co-operation and collaboration ? IN ASSOCIATION WITH INTERDIGITAL Reproduced from IoT Now Magazine IoT mag Fen March 2017.qxp_Layout 1 23/02/2017 11:36 Page 44 45IoT Now - February / March 2017 Project which is standardising a set of common services such as device management that are featured in all IoT applications. InterDigital?s platform based on oneM2M handles a wide variety of sensors and communications protocols in order to reduce connectivity complexities and avoid the problem of vendor and technology lock-ins. InterDigital?s role in oneTRANSPORT is two- fold. First, InterDigital is providing its oneMPOWER powered by wot.io platform that allows local authorities to consolidate the data feeds from their sensor populations and internal databases within a single environment. InterDigital?s platform allows application developers to access different data feeds and offer value-added data services to end-user applications. This platform also allows third party transportation sensor owners, such as parking facility or electric vehicle charging- station owners, to contribute their data streams to the marketplace. Second, as part of the initial trial, InterDigital is integrating the data assets and creating several sample applications that utilise this data marketplace. The shared nature and interoperability benefits of an open horizontal platform are being illustrated in the context of intelligent transport applications that function across the geographical territories and data resources. The applications include multi-modal travel, predictive analytics, major event management, congestion and incident management. As an example of a major event management application, Silverstone Racetrack hosts the UK leg of the Formula One Grand Prix and also events like Motorcycle Grand Prix. In July 2016, the circuit handled almost 400,000 visits over a three-day event. The event organisers have been implementing a road diversion scheme every year to manage visitors and local traffic but, actually, the circuit has had no real understanding about where travellers come from and what their patterns of arrival and departure are other than by counting visitors at entry gates. Travel to the event impacts multiple different local regions and motorways. A greater insight into each visitor?s journey choices would give the circuit and the local authorities opportunities to enhance the visitor experience. With access to such data, the race organisers can influence visitors? travel choices to minimise congestion and create new services that visitors can engage with from the moment they start planning their visit to the event. In order to get a full, real-time picture of all the journeys made to and from Silverstone, road data from the local authorities plus the UK?s highways transport agency needs to be brought together and made available to innovative organisations that can develop creative new travel solutions. This was one of the applications developed as part of oneTRANSPORT. The data included Bluetooth based road sensors to detect traffic flow and speeds, car park occupancy sensors and sensors to detect cars going in and out of parking areas. Since its initial deployment to support the oneTRANSPORT trial, other smart cities/intelligent transport consortia have chosen to develop their applications on InterDigital?s oneMPOWER powered by wot.io platform. Smart Routing is a novel multi- modal, device-centric public transport routing and monitoring system. It uses advanced analytics and data caching to offer travel information even under no connectivity. It is a component of Birmingham's smart city strategy. InterDigital is also undertaking other smart cities initiatives with its premier partners that include projects that address environmental monitoring, smart buildings and energy management. InterDigital provides horizontal IoT solutions that integrate and manage connected devices and data feeds across industries and diverse communications networks. This is the company?s way to solve existing challenges and foster further market growth. With its wot.io solution, InterDigital facilitates the aggregation and transformation of varied, disparate and legacy data sources into unified systems. With its oneMPOWER solution, which conforms to the global oneM2M standard for IoT, InterDigital takes a long-term view of an open standard which lowers the risk of vendor and technology lock-in while future-proofing investments to capitalise on future IoT innovations. About InterDigital www.interdigital.com Figure 1: The participants in the oneTRANSPORT initiative Reproduced from IoT Now Magazine IoT mag Fen March 2017.qxp_Layout 1 23/02/2017 11:36 Page 45