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.
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.
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.