Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA)

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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.


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


Smart Cities Stakeholder Workshop and Responder Technology Showcase

Date: May 1 and 2, 2018.  Location: Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), Herndon, VA

Innovation in cities is creating new benefits for citizens and efficiencies for city governance.  Many of these innovations are triggered by Information Technology (IT) advances. But considering the rapid pace of IT innovation, how can cities plan for and maintain the desired benefits?  This workshop and showcase are key to creating reusable patterns and practices that cities can use to achieve and sustain Smart City benefits in infrastructure resilience, public safety, improved governance, and quality of life for all residents. 

The workshop is organized as a series of conversations to both “teach and learn” from each other.  Participants will be invited to share their experiences with smart city deployments including successes and lessons learned.  Through a combination of presentations and breakout sessions, we will work towards identifying the requirements, constraints, and measures of success for smart city innovation most important to city stakeholders, particularly from a perspective of repeatable innovation, deployment, and operations.  The results of the stakeholder needs workshop will inform development of a Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA) by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).  SCIRA will be a standards-based architecture and corresponding deployment guides for Smart Cities.  The showcase will include solutions designed to support First Responder capabilities in the Smart City environment that are part of the Smart City IoT Innovation (SCITI) initiative.

This event was jointly organized for OGC's SCIRA initiative and by the SCITI innovation lab of the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). SCIRA and CIT activities are conducted in collaboration with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). 
OGC Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA)
CIT Smart City IoT Innovation (SCITI)

Agenda with links to presentations