Iasi Municipality has taken over the coordination of the Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) network in Romania, putting it at the forefront of tomorrow’s standards for city data, services, and technology.
OASC is a non-profit, international smart city network that has the goal of creating and shaping the nascent global smart city data and services market. The network is unique in that it is driven by implementation and focused on open platforms and citizen engagement.
It’s a big step for Iasi having only recently joined the network, which is ever-expanding and now counts 132 cities from 26 countries and regions in Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific among its membership.
In making the announcement, Mayor Mihai Chirica stressed the importance of the role for Iasi. "It's an important announcement for us. At the beginning of this spring we announced that Iasi, together with Botoşani and Suceava, became members of OASC, an intelligent cities organisation, aiming at creating and shaping the global smart data and services market. We very much thank those who have trusted us and appointed us as coordinators of this structure," said Mayor Chirica.
Network members establish the minimum interoperability mechanisms needed to create smart city development. By implementing these mechanisms, the speed of innovation increases while costs and inefficiency are being reduced. Essentially, these mechanisms allow cities to engage in global digital transformation.
The OASC Romania Network consists of the cities of Botosani, Iasi and Suceava, and was officially launched on 26 March 2019 at the CIP 2019 Forum in the presence of Dr. Davor Meersman, CEO of OASC.