ISO 37120: a smart cities standard establishes the benefits of standardizing city metrics and open data

24 February 2017
Report type: Research Note
Author(s): Isabel Chapman - Principal Analyst
Keywords: M2M, machine-to-machine, IoT, Internet of Things, smart city, energy, buildings, lighting, sustainable, resilience, WCCD, data, standards
Companies: Philips, Siemens
Number of Pages: 9

As interest grows in smart cities, so too does the need for standards to provide a baseline set of metrics for disparate systems that are part of every city. This Research Note speaks of one such standard that is already in place, ISO 37120, “Sustainable Development of Communities: Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life”, and the organization charged with the impartial certification of each city, the World Council on City Data (WCCD). By analyzing the indicators used in city performance measurement, as well as quantifying the benefits to both cities and key stakeholders in both public and private sectors, a clearer picture can evolve regarding the benefits of data for city performance and benchmarking.

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