2 new standards on smart cities are published

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AENOR, the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification, has published two new standards on smart cities: UNE 178303 that establishes the requirements for the correct management of a city’s assets and UNE-ISO 37120 containing international urban sustainability indicators. As a result there are now 3 published standards regarding smart cities, following UNE 178301 on Open Data. These documents have been drawn up by AENOR’s Technical Standardisation Committee on Smart Cities (AEN/CTN/178), promoted by the SETSI, the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and for the Information Society of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.

The specifications of the UNE 178303 Standard on Smart Cities – Asset management of the city, establish the requirements for developing a system to manage the city’s assets thereby allowing local entities, in line with their strategic plan, to maximise the sustainable and efficient management of their assets, their performance and the risks and costs associated with the entire life cycle of different assets.

Among its advantages, this document provides the local government with accurate information on the conservation status and useful life of the city’s various components and installations, optimising acquisition and maintenance costs. In addition, it facilitates the proper medium- and long-term planning of new acquisitions and the repositioning of assets. For citizens, this tool provides greater transparency on local government management.

This document is designed for all types of local entities (municipalities, municipal associations, regional governments, etc.), irrespective of their size, complexity or available technology. The entity is free to establish the scope of the assets, the level of detail of the inventory and information associated with each asset.

The UNE-ISO 37120 standard on the sustainable development of communities – indicators for city services and quality of life, contains the international urban sustainability indicators that help prepare comparable and verifiable reports to measure the performance of urban services as well as the quality of life in the cities. This international standard has been incorporated into the Spanish catalogue of technical standards and is geared towards all types of cities, independently of their size and location.

The AEN/CTN 178 Technical Standardisation Committee

The Technical Standardisation Committee on Smart Cities (AEN/CTN 178) is a SETSI initiative and was set up by AENOR, as the entity legally responsible for the development of technical standards in Spain and the national representative on international standardisation bodies, to stimulate, rationalise and optimise the implementation of smart cities in Spain.

Over 300 experts from every stakeholder participate on this Committee, with the support of RECI, the Spanish Smart Cities Network and the FEMP, the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, as an example of public and private collaboration. The Committee comprises 5 sub-committees that work on standards for infrastructures; semantics and indicators; government and mobility; energy and the environment; and tourist destinations. The working plan currently involves 40 standardisation projects that, from different perspectives, contribute to the process of transformation into a smart city.

The working plan addresses the infrastructures for the public service networks: water, waste, energy (electricity and gas), telecommunications and transport; telecommunications systems: the multiservice municipal networks, associated systems and the access and transport networks; smart charging infrastructures for electric vehicles, the control of street lighting and ambient sensors. The CTN 178 standards are intended to help local governments, networks operators, those responsible for urban planning, manufacturers, researchers, developers and the citizens themselves.

The Public Information period will start shortly, during which observations may be made via the AENOR website regarding 12 standardisation projects, most of which corresponds to the infrastructure metrics for Smart Cities and Public Services Networks: water, telecommunications and electrical power and to the Multiservice Municipal Networks. Among others, it highlights the future UNE 178104 on Integrated Management Systems for a smart city.

The Committee is responsible for drawing up technical standards and national documents (UNE standards) that respond to the demands of every party involved in the development of smart cities. It also reports on the Spain’s position on issues proposed by international standardisation committees on this subject, as well as the oversight of these projects.

The technical standards contain the market consensus on good practices on thousands of issues that are key to the competitiveness of organisations and that are within the reach of all. The standards have a direct benefit on the balance sheets of businesses, representing up to 5% of the sales revenue of the organisations concerned. For the Spanish economy as whole, this represents 1% of GDP.