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TM Forum aims to end smart city chaos with ‘City as a Platform’

The TM Forum has announced a manifesto for the ‘City as a Platform’, aiming to bring some coherence to the multitude of technologies, standards and use cases which are bringing chaos to the smart city movement. Many so-called ‘smart city’ initiatives actually focus just on one or two spot applications, with no platform in place to integrate others in future in a collaborative way. Some, like the UK’s Bristol is Open project, are taking a more holistic approach, with common cloud platforms, data analytics, connectivity and applications programming interfaces to tie all the use cases together. But these remain the exception rather than the rule, something TM Forum hopes to address with its manifesto for “open and collaborative” smart city…

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