Cities are vibrant centres of business, culture and learning. They are a gathering place for innovation and creativity. Recent developments in technology and data collection have opened new opportunities and accelerated the possibility to improve the quality of life for city residents and provide more sustainable and resilient solutions.
Recognizing the importance of collaboration in the development of solutions that enable cities to become smarter, IEC participated in the inaugural meeting of the World Smart Cities Joint Taskforce together with ISO and ITU.
Leveraging the World Smart City Forum
In 2016, IEC organized the first edition of the World Smart City Forum which was held in Singapore and brought together a broad range of experts from around the world. Recognizing the importance of this cooperation, two further editions of the World Standards Forum were organized under the leadership of ISO in 2017 and ITU in 2018.
The conditions created by the World Smart City Forums enabled a conversation between standards development organizations in a collaborative environment. These forums were also the impetus for this new joint taskforce on smart cities which has been approved by the governing boards for the three organizations.
Learning from the pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of cities. They have been at the forefront in the fight against the pandemic and have faced dire consequences. It is estimated that 95% of total cases are in urban areas.
The lessons learnt from Covid-19 is now shaping standardization work so that cities can be better prepared the next time a pandemic strikes. Because this work within ISO, ITU and IEC is still at the early stages of development, it can serve as an impetus for greater collaboration in standardization in the area of smart cities.
Learning from the Covid-19 pandemic has been selected as the topic for the first meeting of the IEC-ISO-ITU Joint Smart Cities Taskforce.
Mandate for the first meeting
According to IEC General Secretary & CEO Philippe Metzger, “The IEC recognizes the need to join forces with ISO and ITU to ensure that standardization solutions for smart cities are comprehensive, eliminate gaps between our respective work areas and strive for meaningful synergies.” He called on participants to engage in substantial collaboration that will produce concrete results.
“We have a dual opportunity here: to engage with society with a view to addressing societal needs and identify areas of standardization work and to enhance and foster the collaboration between our three organization. I am counting on you to make that happen.”