Smart cities

Report on the UK’s efforts to develop a ‘Smart Cities Standards’ strategy.

Smart cities: towards standardisation

In the UK, as elsewhere, policy-makers are keen to promote ‘smart city’ policies in an effort to encourage national innovation and boost international competitiveness. Like ‘eco-city’, the concept of ‘smart city’ requires definition, even standarisation, if it is to be of practical value to policy-makers, planners and developers. To this effect, the UK government commissioned the British Standards Institution (BSI) to define smart cities through a series of Publicly Available Specifications (PAS).

Simon Joss was invited to contribute to this work by joining the Steering Group in charge of drafting and reviewing PAS 180. Here, he reflects on his involvement in this process.

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