- provides the basics for a common and easy understanding of IC technology for urban areas and for existing ICT strategies of (European) cities,
- identifies and describes standard data sources as well as the users of the respective data,
- identifies interfaces as well as corresponding formats (e.g. XML / JSON schema, RDF and ontology vocabulary) and protocols (HTTP(S), REST, 6LowPan, ZigBee, COAP, Subscribe Protocol) which are required for the communication between the participating components,
- describes necessary security measures (e.g. with respect to privacy, integrity, availability, authorization, as well as anonymization)
- integrates existing concepts and implementations of urban IT systems,
- facilitates and strengthens the use of Open Source components thereby guaranteeing independence from individual providers/vendors – i.e. avoiding vendor lock-in in cities and communities,
- considers Open Data as a key element for sharing data and information and
- enables the standardization (e.g. ISO, DIN, ETSI) of ICT Smart City concepts, e.g. with respect to components and interfaces of the reference architecture.