ANSI Network on Smart and Sustainable Cities (ANSSC)
Launched in 2014, the ANSI Network on Smart and Sustainable Cities (ANSSC)
serves as a one-stop shop where city authorities and others knowledgeable in
urban infrastructure planning and sustainable development – who may have
limited resources for active standards participation – can engage with ANSI,
learn about work taking place in the formal standards process, and articulate
their issues and needs. The network will provide standards practitioners a
venue to hear these perspectives and describe how standardization can assist
cities and local governments in addressing the challenges they face.
Conversely, there are many resources and activities that have been developed
outside of the formal standards process (such as rating systems, readiness
guides, and best practices) that standards practitioners may not be aware of
but that could potentially inform future standards and conformity assessment
activities. The network dialogue will raise awareness of standardization
initiatives, bring new participants into the process, and influence the
direction of future standards development activity.
Initially, the network will convene via monthly web meetings featuring guest
speakers with facilitated discussion and information sharing among all
participants. Recordings and materials will be archived for those unable to
attend. Other network benefits include a directory of standardization
initiatives and related activities, a calendar of upcoming conferences, and a
roster of network members.
The increase in urbanization, climate change impacts, and aging infrastructure,
combined with the ready availability of new capabilities to use urban data,
have given rise to a flurry of standardization activities at the national,
regional, and international levels in relation to smart and sustainable cities.
In 2012 the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) launched
technical committee 268 on Sustainable Development in Communities. In
2013 ISO, along with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and ISO/IEC Joint Technical
Committee (JTC) 1 on Information technology, all convened strategic
groups to assess current and needed standards for smart and sustainable cities.
Regional and national standards bodies in Europe and Asia also have undertaken
strategic initiatives to explore this area.
As the U.S. member of ISO and, via the U.S. National Committee, IEC, ANSI
convened a meeting of its members in April 2013 [see
related news item] and a follow-up workshop in November [see
related news item and workshop report] to examine the role of
standardization in achieving the promise of smart and sustainable cities. Of
particular focus was the need for coordination, collaboration, and avoidance of
duplication of effort among relevant standardization activities taking place
internationally, as well as coordination of U.S. engagement in this work.
|Participation / Registration
Participation in the ANSI Network on Smart and Sustainable Cities (ANSSC)
is open to all interested parties. Nominal participation fees help to offset
ANSI’s costs of administering the network. Membership in ANSI is not
required to participate, but ANSI members pay a substantially discounted
participation fee. If you are not already a member of ANSI, find out more about
the benefits of ANSI
Network participants will include representatives from industry, cities and
local governments, organizations involved in urban infrastructure and
sustainability, standards developing organizations, the federal government, and
academia, providing a range of perspectives.
the Participation Information
ISO 18091: 2014, Quality management systems – Guidelines for the
application of ISO 9001:2008 in local government
ISO 37120: 2014, Sustainable development of communities -- Indicatorsfor
city services and quality of life
General inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Director, Standards Facilitation
E-mail: email@example.com, 212.642.8921
Program Administrator, Standards Panels