Today, 78% of the European Union (EU) population lives in cities and 85% of the EU GDP is generated in cities. They are the driving forces of the European economic and societal growth. From one side, urban areas are becoming ‘smarter’ and more ‘sustainable’ through, among others, the widespread use of ICT, and thus improving the quality of life and well-being of their citizens. Nevertheless, cities are still responsible for the 70% of the global energy consumption and energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. To become globally competitive they are lacking the complete roll-out of scalable, interoperable and sustainable solutions in the areas of energy, transport, mobility, infrastructure and ICT. The standardization approach in this area needs to be holistic and cross-sectorial (breaking the ‘vertical silos’).
What's the role of standardization ?
Standards for smart cities can be used to monitor technical and functional performance, but also to ensure safety, interoperability, costs’ reduction, efficient and strategic planning and management of resources as well as ‘assessment’ through city indicators and sharing of best practices. Standards provide a common language and understanding, facilitate consensus driven solutions, and boost private and public partnerships. Finally, they represent tools, guidelines for cities for deployment of city solutions with high market potential and broad stakeholders’ acceptance.
CEN and CENELEC contact person: Constant Kohler