What’s next in urban solutions?

Currently, half of the global population lives in cities. As the urban population is projected to reach 80% of the world’s total population by 2050, cities across the world are starting to recognize that they are the key driver of sustainable development and start to explore new ways to address the urban challenges and achieve sustainable growth. In that context, on January 13-15, 2021, the CITYxCITY Festival gathered representatives of 16 innovative start-ups in the smart cities domain to talk about the latest solutions and services for cities and communities. With nearly 1,800 attendees, the event was a big success.  

Martel’s CEO, Monique Calisti opened the pitch session series with a presentation on how the Orchestra Cities platform contributes to sustainable urban development. Watch the video to learn about Orchestra Cities’ potential to advance the transformation towards a collaborative, sustainable, and digitally-enabled operating model.

Orchestra Cities

Launched in 2018, Orchestra Cities is an open platform that allows for the development and sharing of smart city services between municipalities. Services include but are not limited to environmental air quality monitoring, security, street lighting control, traffic and parking management, and intelligent waste collection. The solution is data and IoT-driven and enables users to develop, share, and monitor the services openly and collaboratively.

Orchestra Cities has been tested by the municipalities of Antwerp (Belgium) and Helsinki (Finland) and is now on trial in Germany and Switzerland.

Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC)

Launched in 2015, OASC is a network that connects cities and communities worldwide allowing them to learn from each other and exchange digital, data-driven solutions based on minimal interoperability mechanisms. OASC represents its members in front of international institutions, fora, and standardization organizations to ensure that their voice is heard when new standards come about. Once a year, OASC organizes the CITYxCITY Festival that brings together global changemakers, hot topics, and the latest insights about digital urban transformation. The 2021 edition gathered more than 17,000 views and 1,800 registered attendees.