During the recent World Smart City Forum in Barcelona, experts said they believed developing smart city solutions that are citizen-centric and offer real value will be key to future success.
The event was organized by the IEC, ISO and ITU, this year under the leadership of ISO, and is part of the World Smart City partnership. It brought together representatives of cities, standards development organizations, industry groups and investors to explore some of the major challenges cities face today and how international standards can help solve them.
Putting the focus on people
Opening the Forum, Spain’s Secretary of State for the Information Society and Digital Agenda, José María Lassalle Ruiz, highlighted the importance of putting people’s needs at the centre of future urban development.
“Some believe that data and algorithms will soon be managing the contemporary world, but they must be used to combat inequality and poverty in our towns and cities. Today, our efforts must be focused on reconciling man and his environment,” he said. Ruiz added that: “It is incumbent on our generation to ensure that technological progress is not subject to short-sighted or self-serving goals. If there is to be digital disruption, it must be social and ethical, with citizens profiting from the feedback of data and algorithms, not the other way around.”