Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Oulu and Turku joined 25 other cities from six countries in Europe and Latin America in launching the Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative on March 16th. The initiative aims to facilitate the development and implementation of smart city applications and solutions in cities across the world by making systems interoperable both between cities and within a city.

The cities, including members from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Brazil, will serve as a network for companies in the smart city sector to develop their technology and services, providing a large scale network though which they can test and implement their solutions. The initiative also helps the participating cities to identify the best solutions to implement by offering an opportunity to evaluate the solutions based on results of implementation and actual usage experiences.

The six Finnish cities, Finland’s largest, make up the 6Aika – Six City Strategy initiative which shares the OASC initiative’s open-data focused approach to sustainable urban development. 

For more information on the Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative visit the Connected Smart Cites website 

For more on the 6Aika – Six City Strategy initiative, see the initiative’s website 

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