The Open Group

Keynote at The Open Group Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Prof Markus Helfert and Dr Zohreh Pourzolfaghar presented the Reference Methodology for Developing and Transforming Public Services at the Open Group Dublin Event.  They presented how Enterprise Architecture Management can be applied in Smart Cities context to provide the services that citizens need, based on the TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM).

Ariel University

Research Collaboration for the Smart City Project with Ariel University, Israel. We started a research collaboration project with Professor Iris Reychav from the Department of Industrial Engineering & Management at Ariel University.

The research collaboration focuses on the development of different case studies on modelling services in various municipalities of Israel. We visited different city councils where we presented our Smart City Enterprise Architecture Framework and Methodology. We conducted a case study in Netanya Municipality to improve the current state of a Waste Management Service, Read more .

related articles

  • Architecture Requirements for Modelling Alignment in Smart City Architectures by Viviana Bastidas (Maynooth University), Markus Helfert (Maynooth University) and Iris Reychav (Ariel University). The 21st National Conference on Industrial Engineering and Management in the year of innovation in the era of digital transformation, Tel-Aviv, Israel,  April 2019. Read more


+CityxChange is a Smart City project focuses on Positive Energy Blocks (PEBs) to reduce emissions in cities and communities for implementing the The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

We used our Smart City Enterprise Architecture Framework to develop the layered Enterprise Architecture Framework for the +CityxChange project. This framework supports the creation of value added services that leverage available data and services. The +CityxChange DataxChange is at the heart of the proposed framework, through which relevant data and systems are used. The proposed framework is used for modelling sustainable solutions, where several organisations collaborate and a variety of data from diverse sources may be used. Read the full +CityxChange context.

Key publications

Petersen, S.A., Pourzolfaghar, Z., Alloush, I., Ahlers, D., Krogstie, J. and Helfert, M., 2019, September. Value-added services, virtual enterprises and data spaces inspired Enterprise architecture for smart cities. In Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises (pp. 393-402). Springer, Cham.

related articles

  • ERCIM News 121, April 2020: Fostering Smart Cities based on an Enterprise Architecture Approach, by Bokolo Anthony Jnr. (NTNU), Sobah Abbas Petersen (NTNU) and Markus Helfert (Maynooth University). Read the article here

Limerick Enterprise Architecture

This project is the adoption of Enterprise Architecture best practices to provide a set of Enterprise Architecture guidelines for any local government-related project in Limerick that guide its involvement with business processes, application, data, and technology architectures in the region. Limerick Enterprise Architecture (LEA) project focuses on different Case Studies to illustrate how EA can be applied to add value to Limerick City and County Council’s services.

We developed The Architecture Repository for Urban Enterprise Architecture following the Architecture Development Method (ADM) of The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) and its Enterprise Modelling Language ArchiMate. A footfall-counter service was selected for one of the case studies. This service provides information on the number of people in various places of interest in the city. With this information, the main stakeholders of the city make informed decisions related to the planning of the city environments and the improvement of smart travel initiatives.

With this project we developed the foundations for “Insight Limerick” – the portal for information sharing, open data and data visualisation while analytics will be used to gain insights leading to value services. See more information.

This project is part of a research programme developed by Limerick City and County Council in collaboration with LERO, the Irish Software Research Centre ( Photograph: Denis Tierney.