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Towards Sustainable, Smart Communities


Reprinted from Climate Change- the New Economy magazine

A recent article by Frans Vreeswijk, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) general secretary and CEO, explains how the thousands of experts who work on IEC activities via its global, independent platform are enabling development of sustainable smart cities and communities with innovative electrical energy solutions. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the IEC.

This excerpt is reprinted from Climate Change-The New Economy magazine, the official G7 summit magazine:

While we are familiar with the notion of Smart Cities and Smart Communities and the myriad of ways that today's communities are adding intelligent technology, and collecting, sharing and using data, it's a timely moment to reflect on a fundamental truth. There is no such thing as a virtual Smart City - no electricity means no Smart City.

Electricity, a building block of Smart Cities and Smart Communities
To gain the benefits of today's and tomorrow's intelligent, interconnected systems cities must have a reliable, quality power supply and all the hardware and software that accompanies it.
Smart electrification and sustainable energy generation are seeing a rise in the amount of electric power from hydro, marine, solar and wind sources - which helps to mitigate the effects of climate change. Through the use of IEC Standards, cities can also make significant Energy Efficiency gains, encourage the development of Smart Buildings and Smart Homes, adapt street lighting to peak demands, and improve the management of services such as water, waste management and public transport.

See thefull article by Frans Vreeswijk here:


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