Supporting smart services

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EPIC platform

The EPIC Platform is your ticket to seamless, effective collaboration between the public and private sector in your city. Using our unique cloud computing infrastructure, EPIC offers you a flexible, lightweight solution to the development and delivery of Smart City services.

EPIC works by allowing you to transfer your technology-based public services to the cloud. EPIC then makes these services available online thereby eliminating the need for costly in-house infrastructure. In addition, EPIC combines your services with datasets to offer your city a complete solution to public service delivery and citizens a seamless user experience. 

EPIC delivers services to our users and Smart City customers in the form of portlets, individual service components which can be easily combined and interchanged. This combination of portlets is complimented by EPIC's open-standard based Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) which allows our platform combine different services and components seamlessly. The use of open-standards is a central tenet of EPIC and has been embraced fully to maximize the compatability of our solutions with the full range of hosting platforms. Simply put, EPIC's open-standards both avoid costly vendor lock-in and maximize potential applications of the solution. 

Technical Introduction to the EPIC Platform

The key element which sets the EPIC solution architecture apart is the separation of data services from visualization.  Web-services were created to access external data and to deliver this in a form that could be readily consumed and displayed by the portlets, which provide the user interfaces. The reason for employing web-services to expose data was to standardise the interface through which the different service portlets would consume data was to maximise re-usability and re-purposing. This approach separated the specifics of data source from the application that consumes it, allowing simple re-use of the same web-service but with different data. This design approach also ensured that any relational database, including the open-source MySQL and PostgreSQL, could be used for post-project implementation.        

For more information on the EPIC platform, you can access key documents D3.1C Technical Integration Architecture Plan and D4.1B Platform and testing. For further background information, please click here. The EPIC Platform for Smart Cities - White Paper can be accessed here.

 

 EPIC is supported and partly funded by the European Commission