The concept of smart cities is widely touted, yet little consensus exists on its definition or implementation. Many technologies are available, yet no single solution has emerged that can be applied to all cities around the world.
To understand better the technologies available as well as some of the best practices underway, IEC SyC Smart Cities is hosting its first virtual workshop to discuss the sustainable digital transformation of cities. The workshop will focus on disruptive technologies and how standards can be used to support the roll-out and implementation of these technologies.
According to N. Kishor Narang, the workshop moderator, “innovation and technology development are accelerating. Standards provide a foundation to support innovation, best practices andregulatory compliance requirementswhich are crucial for the sustainable digital transformation of the urban landscape”.
During the workshop, interoperability between different systems used in smart cities will be discussed. Kyoung-Sook Kim from AIST will provide an overview of the national Smart City Reference Architecture set up in Japan with the aim of ensuring interoperability between and within cities.
Specific technologies that can help promote interoperability and scalability will be addressed including the OASC Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs), Context Information Modelling from FIWARE and TM Forum Open APIs.
In addition, Bart De Lathouwer from OGC will discuss dynamic digital twins that can be used in cities while Eric Simmon from NIST will address the underlying technologies enabling smart cities including; IoT, distributed computing, networking, sensing and actuating, system of systems.
Standards can help leverage the benefit of new technologies. Not only do they allow for the provision of competitively priced and effective products and services, but they also provide clear descriptions of best practice and enable common approaches to tackling common challenges.
Michael Mulquin, Chair of IEC SyC Smart cities, will provide an overview of the work underway in the IEC to support the standards community in developing a coherent set of standards that enable cities to implement smart solutions. A final presentation by Alexander Samarin from the IEC SyC Smart Cities will discuss the use of a systems approach to addressing the standardization of smart cities.
The workshop will end with a panel discussion that aims to the different approaches to smart cities can be converged into a homogenous framework.
As Narang notes, “this virtual workshop provides a great opportunity to understand how the systems approach can help scope out and design smart city initiatives, gain in-depth insights into the solutions offered by smart city standardization work and how the latest disruptive technologies can be leveraged within the framework of UN Sustainable Development Goals”.
The workshop, which will take place alongside the IEC SyC Smart cities plenary meeting, is expected to include participants from over 17 nations representing Europe, Asia and North America. Organized by the IEC Academy, it will take place on 17 July from 13h to 16h CET.
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