The Smart Streetlight and the Smart Metering markets both started with the first projects about 10 years ago. Even if dozens of smart city projects were deployed since then, these markets are not yet mature mainly due to proprietary single-source-supplier IoT systems. Each vendor has its own language (i.e. data payload format) regardless of the networking technology. As a result, large smart city & metering projects require lots of proprietary API integration and translation of data payloads into more relevant smart city information for applications.
The first mission of uCIFI is to define a unified data model for all smart city objects, based on the standardized OMA LwM2M data format. Smart city experts have contributed to the unified uCIFI data model Version 1 which is designed to be extensible to cover more objects and more applications in the future. The uCIFI data model is suitable to be implemented on any IoT network including LoRaWAN, NB-IoT, 802.15.4G wireless mesh networks as well as proprietary IoT networks.