Global leaders in smart city standards

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Global leaders in smart city standards

Global leaders in smart city standards
Global leaders in smart city standards

Our country is a global leader in international standards for smart cities. Our catalogue of standards, one of the most comprehensive in the world, is the result of the work done by the Spanish Association for Standardisation (UNE-AENOR).

Spanish standards are being used as models at the European and global levels, in areas such as accessibility, innovation or eco-design. Likewise, Spanish experts hold positions of responsibility in European and international standardisation agencies for smart cities.

The organization in charge of smart city standards in our country is the Standardisation Technical Committee 178-Smart Cities, set up by UNE-AENOR and the Office of the Secretary of State for the Information Society and the Digital Agenda (SESIAD).

The committee is made of 700 experts, who have produced 22 technical standards so far and are working on another ten. Standardisation is one of the three pillars of the National Plan for Smart Cities, the other two being industry and governance – a model described as ‘exemplary’ by the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

12.000 experts and 215 committees

At present, UNE-AENOR is working with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on international standards and procedures in city platform interoperability, open data, smart buildings and ports, smart tourist destinations, and smart rural communities. The first two standards promoted by Spain at ITU, on city platform interoperability, are expected to be published in 2018.

UNE-AENOR is the agency in charge of developing technical standards in our country. Every year, as many as 12,000 experts from 4500 organisations work in the development of standards in one of its 215 technical committees.

Technical standards are a fundamental instrument, both socially and economically. According to a report by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), they account for up to 5% of sales revenues and 1% of the Spanish GDP.

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), standards regulate 80% of global trade, facilitating exports and business internationalisation.