An effort launched this week by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) wants to get city leaders from the U.S. and abroad to identify standardization priorities for smart and sustainable cities. The Smart Cities Council is a founding member of the new ANSI Network for Smart and Sustainable Cities (ANSSC).
ANSI, a Council Advisor, says the network's objectives are:
- To get input from cities and local governments, organizations representing them, and organizations involved in urban infrastructure planning and development, on the challenges that cities are facing
- To enable standards practitioners to describe how standardization can assist cities and local governments in addressing critical issues
- To facilitate discussion among U.S. public- and private-sector stakeholders on needed standards and conformity assessment programs for smart and sustainable cities
- To promote awareness of standardization initiatives and related activities that support smart and sustainable urban infrastructure planning and development
"Standards and conformity assessment programs are a key foundation of urban infrastructure across all sectors including the built environment, energy, telecommunications, transportation, water and wastewater, health and human services, public safety and other areas," noted ANSI president and CEO Joe Bhatia. "The ANSI network will help to advance standardization as part of a solution set which can help cities to become smarter, more sustainable and more resilient."
Participation is open to all interested parties
A number of activities are underway in various international standards bodies to identify existing and needed standards for smart and sustainable cities. The network will provide a means for those with limited resources for standards participation to engage with ANSI and offer input to inform these efforts.
The network will convene via monthly web meetings featuring guest speakers with facilitated discussion and information sharing among all participants. Recordings and materials will be archived for those unable to attend. Other network benefits will include a directory of standardization activities, an online calendar of events, and a roster of network members.
Participation is open to all interested parties. While membership in ANSI is not required to participate, ANSI members pay a substantially discounted participation fee. Those who register before June 30 can save 10%. Click here to register.
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