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Building Smart Cities and Smart Communities

15 June 2017

By 2050, 66% of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas. The challenge will be to supply these populations with basic resources like safe food, clean water and sufficient energy, while also ensuring overall economic, social and environmental sustainability. Today, cities consume around 70% of all energy produced globally, while generating 70% of world GDP.

Cities are in fact giant systems with countless subsystems which depend on electric power and hardware. It is impossible to build an efficient urban infrastructure without reliable energy access: no electricity = no Smart City.

The IEC provides the technical foundation for all forms of power generation, transmission and distribution to bring sustainable electric power to cities and communities. Hundreds of IEC International Standards help tailor the integration of electricity, buildings, transportation, lighting, healthcare, safety/security and a multitude of city and financial services to the needs of each individual city.

More than ever before, many different organizations need to collaborate to help make cities smarter – technology integration is a special challenge that requires broad cooperation in a systems approach. The IEC Systems Committee (SyC) Smart Cities: Electrotechnical aspects of Smart Cities aims to foster the development of standards in the field of electrotechnology to help with the integration, interoperability and effectiveness of city systems.

Find out more

SyC Smart Cities: Electrotechnical aspects of Smart Cities

Smart Cities zone on IEC website

IEC Smart Cities brochure

IEC White Paper Orchestrating infrastructure for sustainable Smart Cities

IEC e-tech articles:

Orchestrating infrastructure for sustainable Smart Cities

Moving cities to greater smartness

World Smart City Forum