The first World Smart City online community has been launched to assist city stakeholders in their efforts to develop Smart Sustainable Cities. The new community aims to identify the top ‘pain points’ presenting challenges to city development.
The launch was part of the build-up to the first World Smart City Forum, organized by IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) in partnership with ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ITU (International Telecommunication Union).
The Forum will be held in Singapore on July 13, co-located with the World Cities Summit www.worldcitiessummit.com.sg/ and Singapore International Water Week www.siww.com.sg.
“The development of Smart Sustainable Cities has become a key policy point to administrations around the world as well as to UN organizations,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
“The recognition of the potential of Smart Cities comes in parallel with recognition that building smartness into an existing city, or developing a Smart City from the ground up, is a complex undertaking, calling for improved cooperation and more integrated decision-making by a variety of city stakeholders and global standards bodies, such as ITU, IEC and ISO,” he said.
By year 2050, an estimated 66 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. City leaders face a major challenge in the need to supply these populations with basic resources, such as safe food, clean water and sufficient energy, while ensuring overall economic, social and environmental sustainability. Cities need to achieve substantial improvements in the efficiency with which they operate and use their resources.
Major efficiency improvements could be achieved by horizontally interconnecting individual systems such as energy, water, sanitation and waste management, transportation, security, environmental monitoring or weather intelligence
“Smart Cities make sense: they waste less, offer better quality of life and ensure a brighter future for the next generation. But cities face many challenges in their quest to improve. ISO Standards help cities measure and improve their performance, for example with standards for city indicators, sustainable communities and city infrastructures. These Standards provide best practices and harmonized solutions that can be used everywhere, and allow city planners and decision-makers to benefit from global expertise,” said Kevin McKinley, Acting ISO Secretary-General.