Cities are a driving force in generating Europe’s economic and societal growth. Considering the 85% of urban population by 2050, the need to meet public policy objectives in time of budget constraint, the sustainable and smart development of cities and communities becomes a priority societal challenge.
The wide reaching roll-out of integrated, scalable, sustainable Smart Cities solutions in the areas of energy, transport, mobility, infrastructures and ICT will help tackling the EU 20/20/20 energy and climate goals and support European cities’ become globally competitive. A holistic integrated approach is needed asking for standardization, indicators, data and knowledge sharing, validation of new business and financial models, replicability of systems and solutions, user acceptance and multi-stakeholder engagement and cross sectoral strategic public- private partnerships.
What's the role of standardization ?
The creation of a holistic framework and programme for smart cities’ standards can support/is an enabler for a common consistent approach to respond to the challenge of innovative urban transformation.
A system-oriented approach to standardization is needed for the development of smart cities technologies and processes that will result in commercially scalable and replicable solutions with a high market potential and uptake in different sectors. The integration, harmonization, sustainability, interoperability, cost reduction and market uptake of those identified solutions can be achieved through standardization.
CEN and CENLEC contact person: Mrs Monica Ibido