Many cities have started testing connected sensors and internet of things (IoT) to be able to understand how to use data to be able to streamline existing processes, better overview and thereby make better decisions, offer residents better services, etc.

The cities have come a long way, but in common is that no city today has technical or organizational mechanisms to be able to collect real-time data from different quarters and share data between administrations or with their suppliers. Regardless of size, the cities have quite similar challenges regarding data management and it would be of great value if the Swedish cities would cooperate on technology, organisation, and relationship to suppliers.

This is for the purpose of addressing the basic (and often common) challenges to get started, and in the long run to be able to benefit from national coordination around e.g. architecture, procurement, data exchange etc.

The purpose of this project is to initiate national coordination by participating cities working together on basic challenges related to a “minimum framework” for one data / IoT platform (more info below). In addition, the project should work for national anchoring so that, in the longer term, there is an organisation and a designated player that can manage the framework.

The working method in the project is to work together with proof of concept (POC), i.e. to implement relatively simple services over the common framework for a limited period. 

The idea of working with POCs is to:

a) View again with systematic and structured working with a common data / IoT-platform

b) Highlight common issues of both technical and non-technical nature to be dealt with within the project

c) In a pedagogical way, illustrate how to create value from data for the benefit of the city itself and the tenants

d) Demonstrate how to technically and easily move services between cities if you follow same framework

The purpose of this project is to initiate national coordination by participating cities and to work together on basic challenges related to a “minimum framework” for one data / IoT platform.

Most WPs are running in parallel most of the project time. WP5 Education and Smart City Lab will, however, be most active at the beginning of the project. The work with the POCs is implemented as an agile process in each city, and each POC affects all other WPs – hence the arrows and the circles. 

The POCs are distributed over three periods, where each POC must thus be concluded with documentation. Depending on the city’s planning, not all POCs can stay within their time intervals.

For more information, please contact Johan Lindén, johan.linden(at)