The Queensland cities say the international initiative emerged from the Danish-led Connected Smart Cities Network founded five years ago to establish a mechanism through which a network of smart cities around the world could engage in long-term collaboration.
QUT's Professor Marcus Foth, initiator of the Australian contingent and founder of the Urban Informatics Research Lab, says fundamental to the success of the international initiative is the agreement to use freely-available, open source software, standard APIs and data models as well as the willingness to share experiences.
The OASC Initiative, which was announced in March, provides an opportunity for the region's industry and citizens, enabling the development of smart city applications and solutions to reach many cities at once, This dramatically increasing the market for local developers who will now have access to comparable data from around the world.
Professor Fosh said it will provide the joint region with an opportunity to create a globally competitive environment; embracing open approaches towards technological innovation in order to enhance the experiences of residents, businesses, visitors and community groups.
"We are thrilled to be collaborating with Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Springfield, and the ODI Queensland, to establish the first Australian node of the Open and Agile Smart Cities network,” Professor Fosh said.
"The OASC principles strongly align with our lab's research findings: Smart cities require open standards to ensure interoperability and competitiveness by avoiding vendor lock-in. The OASC will enable us to benchmark performance and easy sharing of urban innovation."
Chair and founder of the OASC, Professor Martin Brynskov, from Aarhus University in Denmark, said, "There are now more than 60 cities across the world, including recognised Smart Cities such as Helsinki, Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam that are now committed to the initiative. And momentum to subscribe to open and agile standards is growing."