Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture

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The Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA) is a project of the OGC Innovation Program sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science & Technology (S&T).

The purpose of the SCIRA project is to advance standards for Smart Safe Cities and develop open, interoperable designs for incorporating Internet of Things (IoT) sensors into city services.

SCIRA will provide free deployment guides, reusable design patterns, and other resources that municipalities can use to plan, acquire, and implement standards-based, cost-effective, vendor-agnostic, and future-proof Smart City IT systems and networks using technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Sensor Webs, and Geospatial Frameworks.

Lack of consensus on both common terminologies and smart city architectural principles can result in standards that are divergent, even contradictory. Often, they fail to provide sufficient interoperability and scalability of underlying Internet of Things (IoT), and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) technologies to provide a suitable foundation for many smart cities applications.

SCIRA has the objective to research, design, and test a Smart Cities Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA) as a reusable design toolkit that shows how to integrate commercial proprietary IoT sensors into a common framework for public safety applications at the community level.

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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The SCIRA Deployment Guides aim to provide plain-language guidance on developing and implementing compatible solution architectures, and will address a range of smart safe city functional areas, such as transportation, connectivity, awareness, and community engagement. Crucially, the guides will come in different forms for different audiences relevant to smart city capability development, including City Managers, City IT Managers, City innovators, DevOps Facilitators, commercial providers, and city communities.

The guides are currently in development. Sign up to the SCIRA Newsletter to learn of their availability, or contact us to help contribute to their development.


Smart Safe City



Bart De Lathouwer


Josh Lieberman

Director, Innovation Program

Luis Bermudez

Executive Director, Innovation Program

George Percivall

CTO, Chief Engineer