Importance & Background
Future urban environments will have to overcome enormous obstacles in the areas of public and private transportation, logistics, street maintenance, building automation, and intelligent interactions with the local residents. There was a need to integrate such urban systems with a theoretical framework (like semantic interoperability principles) and a practical framework (like methodology, and reference architecture). It would help to build new applications inside convergent situations rather than creating solutions for particular applications and scenarios.
The challenge for ACCUS was to push innovative solutions based on new ICT and new ideas into the market and support the development of new applications while overcoming the current technical obstacles standing in the way of these goals. To do this, ACCUS proposed open-platform and increased interoperability to the research and industrial community. Additionally, actively striving to include stakeholders and end users would have a significant influence in line with the emerging concepts for “Smart Cities,” enhancing the industrial competitiveness of the EU in this field.