IEC ISO and ITU sign World Smart City Letter of Intent

Collectively delivering standards for smart cities

As urban areas continue to grow, city planners face many challenges. In order to build the complex, compatible infrastructures required to achieve smarter and more sustainable environments, many stakeholders including standards development organizations (SDOs), will have to work together.

IEC ISO ITU sign world smart city LoI
Frans Vreeswijk (IEC General Secretary), Sergio Mujica (ISO Secretary General), Reinhard Scholl (Deputy Director TSB, ITU) at Letter of Intent signing, September 2017

Against this backdrop, IEC, ISO and ITU signed a Letter of Intent in September, during the ISO General Assembly in Berlin, which offers a set of collaboration guidelines to streamline work processes. This will enable the three organizations to better contribute to the many Standards which cities will need, by pooling their diverse, global expertise and networks effectively.

Demonstrating the value of internationally relevant standards

Based on mutual respect, transparency and openness, the agreement will help to promote the commitment of IEC, ISO, ITU and other potentially relevant SDOs to the long-term development of smart cities.

Its main purpose is to meet the identified needs of all parties involved, so as to develop consensus-based Standards, which answer urban challenges and create common markets.

Additionally, this synergistic approach will provide public and private stakeholders with clarity, help limit duplication and save time and costs.

Working together - next steps

Each year, one of the three organizations will hold an annual World Smart City Forum (WSCF), during which goals will be set and progress evaluated at the following event. Two forums have already taken place since 2016, which have been promoted on a dedicated website.

A terminology group, established after the first 2016 event, has been working on a common terminology directory for smart city terms. The initial findings were presented during the WSCF 2017 in Barcelona. Once approved, the directory will be made available to all stakeholders.