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Making Smart Cities Smarter with Standards and Conformance Explored at ANSI Joint Member Forum

4/08/2013
ANSI News

U.S. Stakeholders Sought for Possible U.S. TAG to ISO TC 268 on Sustainable Development in Communities

Bob Usher, senior systems engineer for GE Digital Energy, representing the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Strategic Group 3 (SG3) on Smart Grid, described the SG3's work to develop a reference model of all the IEC standards that relate to this issue. Paul Sgambati, PE, director, codes and standards, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), reported on ASCE activities to develop standards and guidelines for sustainable cities in areas as diverse as: automated people movers, green streets and roofs, mapping of underground utility lines, environmental loads on buildings including solar panel impacts, and a rating system for sustainable infrastructure planning. Rounding out panel two was Tony Giroti, founder and CEO of 1Efficiency, who described an OASIS standard that is being developed for an Energy Efficiency Information Model (EEIM).

Following the panels, there was an open discussion on what is next for ANSI and its members, led by Lee Webster, chairman of ANSI's Organizational Member Forum and director of HR standards at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Some participants commented on the benefits of being involved in international standardization work. Others indicated they had not been aware of the extensive standards work already underway on smart cities and suggested additional organizations for outreach.

In his closing remarks, ANSI president and CEO Joe Bhatia concluded that the standards community needs to continue this dialogue with smart city initiators. He observed that there are opportunities to engage internationally and bilaterally on this issue, and there is a desire from developing economies to learn from developed countries. "The public-private partnership that is needed to develop successful standards and conformance solutions is quite obvious in this case," said Mr. Bhatia.

The presentations from the meeting are available here. A photo gallery is available here. For further information about the event or if you are interested in participating as a member of the U.S. TAG for ISO TC 268, please contact Joseph Tretler, ANSI Senior Director, International Technical Programs and Services (ISO), at jtretler@ansi.org.

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