The UK has become the first country to develop standards that will help to shape the future of the smart cities across the country.
As technology allows cities to develop, become more automated and run themselves, officials in the UK have decided to create plans that will outline the best practices for the creation of smarter cities.
Two sets of standards have been created to aid the modernising of cities – with the Universities and Science Minister David Willets saying they will help to “address barriers” that are faced.
The aim to create smart cities has seen cities, businesses and universities across the country collaborating as the UK competes in the worldwide race to develop smarter cities.
Smart cities have the potential for businesses to plan efficient routes to transport goods, allow effective public health services and provide real-time data to allow people to plan their days.
These cities can be using wireless networks, utilising big data, social media plus sensors and tracking products. They aim to use technology to simplify the lives of residents. Potential innovations include being able to provide smart public transport information which displays the most relevant travel to the commuter and personalised recommendations for places to eat and shop.
The guide to ‘establishing strategies for smart cities and communities’ was made to help decision makers deliver strategies that can transform the ability of cities to meet the challenges they will face in the future.
While a separate guide to vocabulary that should be used when referring to smart cities has also been made to ensure there is no confusing between those who are responsible for the creation of the cities.
The development of the standards was led by the British Standards Institution, which was founded in 1901, and also involved government departments, Cambridge University, technology giants IBM and many other leading organisations.
Scott Steedman, the director of standards at BSI, said that it is crucially important the smart cities have standards that they need to abide by.
“The UK leads the world in shaping business standards,” he said. “If we are to make the most of the global opportunities from smart cities, we need to work fast to structure the knowledge that can help city leaders, communities, innovators and technology providers recognize what good looks like and how these concepts can bring benefits for all.
“I’m delighted that the UK is the first country to publish a set of standards that will help us navigate the governance and leadership challenges that smart technologies bring for cities everywhere.”
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