If you want to learn one of the best cases for interoperability, just go back to the foundation of the World Wide Web and Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s intuitions. From the very beginning he had clear in his mind that if the technology had “been proprietary and under his total control”, it probably wouldn’t have taken off.
Today, cities and their citizens increasingly rely on connected devices and services, and many urban applications are based on the Internet of Things. Real-life experiences show that smart projects built on interoperable technologies and open data models have a high success rate, since they grant superior flexibility and scalability.
In a city network, interoperability means being able to integrate a number of different devices and applications on the same infrastructure, scaling up and adding new functionalities when and where needed. The starting point to design an interoperable network is move away from vendor-locked proprietary technologies and choose standard-based solutions and open data models. At Paradox Engineering, we believe 6LoWPAN is the best option to provide cities with the flexibility to address today’s most pressing challenges and strategically plan for future applications.
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