Alliance for Best Practices and Standards in Smart Cities


The lack of interoperability is one of the key issues that smart cities are facing today. There is a poor alignment and adoption of existing best practices and standards that can provide interoperability across city solutions, single nations, and global regions such as Africa and Latin America. There is strong political and commercial pressure to cave into silos-based solutions which often lead to lack of interoperability. This has become a big issue across most verticals; but during COVID-19, it is a critical problem when sharing vital data across healthcare platforms.

Smart cities should be considered from a perspective of “system of systems,” and apart from key technological advances there are some considerations that are becoming critical in deploying technologies to be used by the broader society. Apart from functional requirements, considerations of non-functional requirements such as trust, identity, privacy, and security are becoming very important in the adoption of emerging technologies.

The goal is to close the gap between what is going on in technology and what is happening on the ground within urban environments. The focus of this group is to develop a close collaboration between the technology industry and smart city leaders and stakeholders leading to the following key deliverables:

  • Provide cities with a better understanding of standards and how to use them in developing an RFP for smart city frameworks and projects.
  • Identify existing best practices and new best practices based on real use cases that have been piloted/launched in cities where IEEE SA/IoT and the cities themselves are involved from the outset.
  • Create a database of use cases and results that can be studied and lead to best practices and KPIs.
  • Develop collaborative publications on lessons learned on smart city projects to date.
  • Set down a schedule of priorities for standards that need to be created, also based on the effects of COVID-19 in cities, the need for rebalancing global/local, and the need for local sustainability for local economies and resilient solutions across verticals.

Get Involved

We welcome new participants from large and small corporations, academia, industry, government agencies, standards bodies, financial institutions, and any individuals that are interested in the Alliance for Best Practices and Standards in Smart Cities. Members will include but are not limited to:

  • CTOs and CIOs of municipalities
  • Smart city leaders
    • Academia
    • Smart city stakeholders
    • Community engagement groups

Possible Industry Outcomes

  • A stronger relationship between the technology industry and smart cities (together with academia) that will result in improved communications and understanding of the best practices, KPIs, and standards that can be adopted by cities.
  • Wider access by the technology industry to smart city experiences, expertise on the ground, tested use cases, and results.
  • Greater understanding of where technology needs to provide its next standards, based on urban priorities for local economies and social communities.

How to Participate

To join the team, please express your interest by sending an inquiry to:

  • Joel Myers
    Chair of the Alliance for Best Practices and Standards in Smart Cities 

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