World Standards Day happens on 14 October every year. The 2017 World Standards Day aims to highlight the ways in which ‘Standards make cities smarter’.
Developing an integrated, interoperable Smart City is a challenge. A Smart City is beyond designing digital technologies that fit into the city. It is an intelligently thought through concept that pursues a quality urban lifestyle for its inhabitants with respect to resource efficiency and sustainability. Thus, combining the right set of resources with the respective suitable technology are the drivers that steer a city to become smart – from mobility to waste, energy to water supply, governance to buildings.
A huge challenge lies within the compatibility of systems. Structures and technologies from different suppliers have to be congruent; they must support information exchange, data analysis and information security.
The Morgenstadt initiative, of which TÜV SÜD is a founding member, spearheads solutions for the city of the future. TÜV SÜD has also been involved in the European Triangulum project since 2015, that is set to demonstrate, disseminate and replicate solutions and frameworks for Europe’s future smart cites. Amidst increasing urbanisation, building a liveable city mandates us to make sustainability a priority. The infographic below, which was developed based on research of the Morgenstadt network, illustrates the core product – a Smart City Assessment. It provides a comprehensive checklist to determine the future-readiness and key considerations of a smart city and how to chart an efficient and practical path towards a more sustainable future.