uCIFI Alliance releases unified data model for Smart Cities and utilities

Active members of the uCIFI Alliance together with our parent company MinebeaMitsumi, we are proud to share the public release of the first unified data model to provide interoperability and interchangeability between connected devices to unlock Smart Cities, reduce cost and guarantee investments’ sustainability.

The uCIFI Alliance open-source model targets key Smart City applications such as streetlighting, water metering and distribution monitoring, waste management, parking, traffic monitoring, air-quality monitoring, smart buildings, as well as safety and security. It also supports common and more complex services, including multicast grouping, sensor-to-actuator dynamic control and a calendar-based control program to standardize edge computing for IoT sensors.

With this unified data model, a series of 30 connected sensors and devices used for smart-city projects are described on the Open Mobile Alliance’s Light Weight M2M (LwM2M) registry. These reference objects and associated attributes are modelized using the LwM2M format and can be used on any constrained IoT network. They also can be implemented freely by any vendor in any product to meet cities’ tender requirements for openness and interoperability. Vendors may join the alliance to benefit from the certification program, access test tools and other software resources and to contribute to more interoperable object models.

The unified data model is a great news for Cities and utilities: they can avoid vendor lock-in and have more flexible, wider and future proof sourcing, taking immediate advantage of this open-source, multi-transport, multi-supplier and cost-efficient tool to break silos when designing and implementing their IoT projects.

As we advocate open standards and are continuously committed to create multi-supplier, interoperable IoT solutions, we welcome uCIFI Alliance unified data model and look forward to supporting Cities and utilities in their smart journeys. 


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