Technical standards will boost smart cities in the post-COVID-19 era. This is one of the main conclusions of the round table held on 2 September at the 34th Digital Economy and Telecommunications Summit: "Digitisation and Sustainability for the Recovery of Society. Now or Never." Organised by AMETIC, in collaboration with Banco Santander and the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP).
The event was attended by leading experts from AMETIC, TELEVÉS, ESRI, Valencia City Council and the Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE, who contributed their views and experience.
Tania Marcos, Head of Quality and Smart Cities at UNE explained the strategic role of standards to move forward in smart cities in the current scenario, harmonising best practices.
The representative of the Spanish standardisation body highlighted how the different standards developed by the Technical Standardisation Committee (CTN) since 2012 have already covered various technological aspects of smart cities, such as the interoperability of city platforms, smart buildings or internal objects such as stations or ports, with the aim of integrating a wide range of solutions.
Key management elements have also been standardised to provide intelligence, resilience and security to cities, and work will be carried out in the areas of data integration and health emergencies.
In this regard, Spain is an international benchmark in the development of international standards for Smart Cities.
In this new phase of CTN 178, UNE intends to strengthen strategic alliances with the various State Administrations and city networks, such as RECI (Spanish Network of Smart Cities), Innpulso (Network of Science and Innovation Cities), RIU (Network of Urban Initiatives) or the DTI Network (Smart Tourist Destinations), among others. These alliances allow companies to participate fully in the new CEN/TC 465 European committee "Sustainable Cities and Communities," aligned with the Urban Agenda.
The CTN 178 is open to the participation of any entity interested in addressing the new challenges of smart cities in the international area, by developing standards that help to promote the development of inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and communities, in line with SDG 11.