IUDX and IIIT-Hyderabad Join Forces to Revolutionise Data Exchange for Smart Cities

Hyderabad/Bangalore, December 12, 2023 – The India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX) Programme, a pioneering initiative dedicated to leveraging data for the betterment of society, is proud to announce a collaboration with the Smart City Research Centre at the International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIIT-H).

IUDX, an initiative aimed at fostering data exchange and promoting the idea of data-driven cities, is driven by a cutting-edge, open-source software platform at its core. This platform is designed to facilitate the secure sharing of non-personal data between data providers (smart city administrations, government departments, municipal bodies) and data consumers (application developers) to create innovative services and unlock substantial value.

The Smart City Research Centre at IIIT-H, supported by the Government of India’s MEITY, the Smart Cities Mission, and the Government of Telangana, has joined forces with IUDX to facilitate the seamless exchange of data.

Real-World Testing and Transformative Achievements

The concepts presented in this collaboration have undergone rigorous real-world testing and have yielded transformative results. A collaborative effort between IIIT-H and IUDX has successfully developed, tested, and transformed the concept of a distributed Resource Server. IUDX adopts a centralised approach for two of its three main components i.e. Catalogue Server (to discover datasets) and Authorization Server (consent management), but allows Resource Server (data access services) to operate in both centralised and distributed manner. This achievement reflects a deep understanding of the practical challenges faced in the field, enabling data providers to create innovative services and unlock significant value.

Introducing the Resource Server Proxy

To meet IUDX standards, an external resource server needs to follow specific rules for accessing resources. It also has to respect the access rules set by the data provider. IUDX has a helpful framework called the ‘Resource Server Proxy’ which makes it easier to connect external data sources to the system. This framework simplifies the way data is shared, making integration much simpler and helps an outside source (which is not originally IUDX compatible) to work smoothly with IUDX.

IIIT-H has helped to develop and extensively test a Resource Server Proxy to facilitate this approach of data sharing.

Future Collaborations and Benefits

The collaboration between IUDX and IIIT-Hyderabad promises to revolutionise data exchange for smart cities, benefiting both organisations and society at large. This partnership aims to drive innovation, foster data-driven cities, and promote secure, controlled data sharing.

For more information, please visit https://smartcitylivinglab.iiit.ac.in/ and https://iudx.org.in/.

About IUDX:

The IUDX Programme supports India’s Smart Cities Mission within the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and facilitates the use of data to achieve the full potential of technology and innovation within Indian cities. It is set up as a multidisciplinary program within the Society for Innovation and Development in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The IUDX program addresses technical and non-technical issues related to the use of data to create public good. The open-source platform developed by the program enables higher operational efficiency in city administration by facilitating the data exchange between various civic bodies, municipal departments, application developers and relevant data consumers. It has also received valuable financial support from Omidyar Network India.

About Smart City Living Lab, IIIT-Hyderabad:

The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) is an autonomous research university founded in 1998 that focuses on the core areas of Information Technology, such as Computer Science, Electronics and Communications, and their applications in other domains through inter-disciplinary research that has a greater social impact. Some of its research domains include Visual Information Technologies, Human Language Technologies, Data Engineering, VLSI and Embedded Systems, Computer Architecture, Wireless Communications, Algorithms and Information Security, Robotics, Building Science, Earthquake Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computational Natural Sciences and Bioinformatics, Education Technologies, Power Systems, IT in Agriculture and e-Governance.

Within the IIIT-H’s Smart City Research Centre, we have set up a Smart City Living Lab, an open-innovation ecosystem in collaboration with the technology partners EBTC and AIA and support from the MEITY, Smart City mission and Government of Telangana. The campus is being transformed into a platform for learning, research, experimentation and for showcasing new ideas and approaches through the concept of Smart City Living Lab. The aim is to discover & develop cutting edge innovations with smart city use cases and to enrich them with the knowledge from our wider research activities.

Website: www.iiit.ac.in

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