NIST and its collaborators announced Monday the establishment of a new international coalition dedicated to developing an Internet of Things-Enabled Smart City Framework, with an initial release planned for next summer.

The coalition will identify pivotal points of interoperability where emerging alignment on standards can enable landscape of diverse but interoperable smart city solutions, through an open, technical working group studying real-world smart city applications and architectures, NIST said.

Coalition members include the American National Standards Institute, the U.S. Green Building Council, the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning, the Italian Energy and Innovation Agency, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, and the FIWARE Foundation.

Anyone from around the world is free to join the working group creating the framework, while the framework itself, including any supporting documentation, will be posted online for free accessibility as they are released.