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Challenge / Goal

Smart Cities need to bring together information from a wide variety of devices and sensors in order to be able to store and process the data and present information to the city authorities, suppliers and to citizens (residents, businesses and visitors) to support better use of city resources and inform better choices. 

The Sharing Cities Urban Sharing Platform is a logical collection of technical components, capabilities and processes which provide this information. In particular, the Milan USP aims to give value to local existing infrastructures and investments planned in the short, medium and long term, and to enable their evolution and enhancement so that improvements can be continuous and sustainable over time.


The Urban Sharing Platform fosters federated sharing of Smart City information, thus enabling digital interoperability between different stakeholders. In particular, the Urban Sharing Platform supports the collection, elaboration and fruition of data provided by various sensors, to benefit city authorities and citizens.

The Milan USP is based on the following solutions and principles:

  • The Monet EMS solution by Siemens IT
  • The Interoperability Platform of the Municipality of Milan

The USP can provide the following key functions:

  • Support real-time data collection from different sources e.g. sensors and devices such as electric vehicles and bikes, smart lamp posts and energy efficient buildings
  • Provide guidelines and tools for interoperability both at the technical and process level
  • Provide IT components for data storage and business intelligence
  • Support seamless integration of third-party open data and APIs
  • Support engagement, by enabling the development of dashboards and applications for end-users (e.g. citizens, city representatives) to exploit data collected through the USP
  • Support proper governance processes

Citizen participation

Hosting engagement activities at various times of day was key. Beyond that, we encouraged our partners to adhere to specific demographic profiling. The locations were easily approachable and remote engagement tools supported further participation.


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Time period

Planning time: 6 months to 1 year

Implementation time: 2 to 5 years

Service providers

Sharing Cities

    Main benefits

  • Enhanced data collection

  • Improved data accessibility

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