The Open Group, the vendor-neutral technology consortium, has announced the adoption of the ArchiMate® Specification, a standard of The Open Group, in the publication of India’s ICT Reference Architecture for Smart Cities (ICTRA), marking a milestone for accelerating smart cities initiatives globally. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA), alongside city administrations in the country, has developed the ICTRA (Indian Standard IS18000:2020) which makes the internationally recognized ArchiMate® Specification available for smart cities applications across India.
The ICTRA has been designed to address real issues that cities are aiming to solve through digital technology, providing a shared framework to improve interoperability and enable vendors to commodify solutions. The ArchiMate® Specification is an open and independent modeling language for Enterprise Architecture that is supported by different tool vendors and consulting firms. The standard provides instruments to enable Enterprise Architects to describe, analyze, and visualize the relationships among business domains in an unambiguous way. Integrating diverse systems, enabling collaboration between stakeholders, and needing to reinvent the wheel are common challenges for smart cities initiatives. The ICTRA ensures that components can talk to each other and deliver overarching functionality beyond their standalone purpose, in the same way that businesses design Enterprise Architecture to define processes and information flows across their functions.
The ICTRA complements the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology’s India Enterprise Architecture (IndEA) framework initiative, which is itself based on The Open Group TOGAF® Standard, the globally used Enterprise Architecture framework, creating a cohesive approach across the country’s civic digitalization strategy.
By enabling ongoing evolution in smart cities initiatives, with the opportunity to add or change components as needs require, the ICTRA avoids the risks of monolithic approaches to urban digitalization. At the same time, it provides a sandbox environment in which vendors and authorities can develop proof-of-concept applications which can then be shared across municipalities.