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1.3 ITU Smart Sustainable Cities

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Figure 4 Sustainable cities across the world.

The ITU [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (International Telecommunication Union) is the United Nations specialised agency for information technologies. One of its three sectors is the ITU-T, which co-ordinates standards for telecommunications. The FG-SSC (its focus group on smart sustainable cities), assesses the standardisation requirements of cities, with the aim of boosting their social, economic and environmental sustainability through the integration of ICT in their infrastructures and operations.

The FG-SSC acts as an open platform for smart city stakeholders such as city government, academic and research institutes, non-governmental organisations, ICT organisations, and industry forums and consortia. Stakeholders exchange knowledge in the interests of identifying the standardised frameworks needed to support the integration of ICT services in smart cities.

Dubai is the first city to use the key performance indicators (KPIs) developed by the FG-SSC to assess the efficiency and sustainability of its operations. In a two-year pilot project, Smart Dubai/ ITU evaluated the feasibility of the indicators so that an international standard can then be created.

ITU has also established a study group, ‘IoT and its applications, including smart cities and communities’, to address the standardisation requirements of IoT technologies, with an initial focus on applications in smart cities. This will be responsible for international standards to enable the co-ordinated development of IoT technologies, including machine-to-machine communications and ubiquitous sensor networks.


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