NIST Smart City Framework
The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and partners, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), have announced the release of a framework for smart cities architectures – the IoT-Enabled Smart City Framework (the Framework).
The Framework offers a smart city application analysis tool that permits smart city stakeholders to do early research related to smart city applications — their breadth, the readiness of cities’ infrastructures, and the benefits to citizens. The Framework also provides a comparative technical analysis of prominent smart frameworks that are now being developed and deployed, often with disparate architectures. The Framework illustrates the potential for harmonization among these architectures. To lower barriers to interoperability between the various ecosystems currently being deployed, the Framework introduces two concepts — “Pivotal Points of Interoperability (PPI)” and “Zones of Concern (ZofC).”