Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA)

Current Events

The SCIRA Pilot Virtual Kickoff took place July 23. The City of St. Louis, Missouri has hosted several Pilot activities, which are being performed by eight OGC member participants. Initiative execution will continue through the end of the year, with an Engineering Report expected in 1st Quarter 2020.

See for the latest info on the SCIRA project.

Project Overview

SCIRA is a project of the OGC Innovation Program sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science & Technology (S&T)

Purpose: Assess the state of emerging standards for the Smart Cities in the area of public safety and the development of an open architecture for interoperable Internet of Things (IoT) sensors.

Problem Statement: Lack of consensus on both a common language/taxonomy and smart city architectural principles results in standards that are divergent, perhaps even contradictory; insufficient interoperability and scalability of underlying Internet of Things (IoT), and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) technologies that provide the foundation for many smart cities applications.

Project Objective: Research, design, and test a Smart Cities Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA) as an interoperable framework that integrates commercial proprietary IoT sensors for public safety applications at the community level.

Scope of Work: Develop an interoperable requirements-based architecture framework for Smart Cities in support of the public safety sector.


For a more detailed overview of the project and its goals, Meeting of the Minds has published an article on the SCIRA Project entitled ‘Technology Implementation Guides for Smarter Cities’.

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Project Tasks:

  • Task 1: Project Management
  • Task 2: Architecture Landscape Assessment
  • Task 3: Stakeholder Requirements Validation
  • Task 4: Architecture Design and Development
  • Task 5: Hackathon to inform Architecture
  • Task 6: Deployment Guidance
  • Task 7: Comparative Analysis & Pilot


For further information contact Lew Leinenweber, lleinenweber at opengeospatial dot org