Many cities have begun introducing ‘smart’ technologies to improve the quality of life of their residents. It is now possible to collect data easily and, using algorithms, to analyse the data in real-time so as to formulate an overall picture of what is going on in a given area – and how it can be improved.
Data on energy consumption, traffic patterns and building usage can be analysed and used to improve quality of life for residents.
However, city planners need to select a standardized approach to the roll-out of smart services. It is estimated that USD 340 billion could be wasted by 2025 if cities adopt a fragmented approach.
Standards can help cities become smarter. Already, standards provide cities with the framework for building infrastructure such as electricity grids and transport network. As a next step, they can be used to develop common approaches, allowing for interoperability and compatibility across systems and services.
Collaboration is needed between standardization organizations in the development of their smart city standards. On 17 July, the Connected Places Catapult will host international experts in smart city standardization in partnership with the IEC Systems Committee on Smart Cities and the ISO/IEC JTC 1 Working Group on Smart Cities. This is the first time that these two standardization committees will come together with the aim of developing a collaborative approach to producing smart city standards.
The conference will provide the latest information on smart city best practices. Speakers will discuss benchmarking, including an overview of the draft ISO/IEC 30146 standard which defines evaluation indicators related to ICT use in smart cities, city level digital twins and digital planning systems. The conference will combine presentations from experts with small workshops where participants can share their experiences.
According to Michael Mulquin, Chair of the IEC Systems Committee on Smart Cities, “the conference is a big step forward in collaboration. It is the first meeting between two important standardization committees and an opportunity for experts to share their ideas.”
Developing successful smart city standards will require the collaboration of many stakeholders, from international standardization organizations that can produce a coherent package of city standards to groups such as government representatives, industry and residents.
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Morning session 09.30 – 11.30 – https://zoom.us/j/170224973
Afternoon session 14.00 – 15.10 – https://zoom.us/j/445530089