OpenCity: An Open Architecture Testbed for Smart Cities

Nasibeh Zohrabi, Patrick J. Martin, Murat Kuzlu, Lauren Linkous, Roja Eini, Adam Morrissett, Mostafa Zaman, Ashraf Tantawy, Oezguer Gueler, Maher Al Islam, Nathan Puryear, Halil Kalkavan, Jonathan Lundquist, Erwin Karincic, Sherif Abdelwahed

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This paper presents an open architecture testbed for smart cities, called OpenCity, which is hosted at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The OpenCity platform consists of data collection and processing units, database management, distributed performance management algorithms, and real-time data visualization. This smart city testbed aims to support various educational and research activities related to smart city development. The testbed provides a near-real-life platform to allow students to learn about the unique features of smart cities and explore supporting technologies. In addition, it allows researchers to develop, deploy, and validate new techniques, tools, and technologies to support future smart city developments. The OpenCity platform will support various ongoing important research directions in smart cities, including smart homes and buildings, urban mobility, smart grid, and water management. In addition, it will be extendable to include other potential applications and components as needed. The testbed will be validated by developing and deploying a management system that focuses on users' experience and resource efficiency. The management system incorporates learning techniques and model-based predictive control approaches to take into account the current and future information of uncertain parameters as well as the subjective data (e.g., user-related data) in the design. The OpenCity management structure enables real-time control and monitoring of complex components in the testbed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2021 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665449199
StatePublished - Sep 7 2021
Event2021 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2021 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 7 2021Sep 10 2021

Publication series

Name2021 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2021


Conference2021 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Transportation
  • Urban Studies
  • Artificial Intelligence


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