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Cities Standards Institute

A collaboration between Future Cities Catapult and the British Standards Institution (BSI) is accelerating the development of standards for smart cities.

The Cities Standards Institute (CSI) is one of the UK’s leading smart city networks. It brings together local government, businesses, academia and innovators to identify the common challenges that cities face, generate solutions and introduce standards, common approaches and best practice to help guide the evolution of future cities.

CSI members meet at regular events to exchange knowledge and convene around thematic areas to come up with practical solutions to city challenges.

So far, the collaboration of FCC and BSI has yielded four standards:

  1. PAS 181 (Smart City Framework – Guide to establishing strategies for smart cities and communities);
  2. PAS 182 (Smart city concept model – Guide to Establishing a Model for Data Interoperability).
  3. PAS 183, Smart cities – Guide to establishing a decision-making framework for sharing data and information services
  4. PAS 184, Smart cities – Guide to Developing project proposals for delivering smart city solutions

PAS 181 distils current good practices into a set of consistent and repeatable patterns that city leaders can emulate, as they develop and deliver their own smart-city strategies. It focuses on the enabling processes by which innovative uses of technology and data can, together with organisational changes, make future cities more efficient, effective and sustainable.

PAS 182 is aimed at breaking down barriers to putting smart-city concepts into practice. It tackles ways in which city authorities can make systems interoperable and facilitate data sharing between agencies. By setting a standard way for organising information, it aims to help businesses create the right datasets and get the most out of the data available to them.

Two new standards have been published in 2017.

PAS 183 outlines the data sharing challenges faced by local government and gets them ready for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in 2018. This significant guide is the first sector response to GDPR in Europe, and represents the cities/local government sector leading the way.

PAS 184 helps city stakeholders take a strategic view by providing actionable guidance from inception through to the delivery and measurement of projects. Currently, technology projects often exist in sectoral siloes – this guide offers a means for local government officials to adopt a more consistent approach to procurement and project planning, and builds on the ‘PAS 181’ guide.

We are running launch events for these two new standards around the country. Check our events pages and follow us on twitter to find out if we’re doing an event near you.

CSI is growing and welcomes new members for a series of standardisation challenges in 2017. In addition to our regular members’ forum, the network is running thematic groups where members collaborate on responses to the challenges identified, which are then trialled, implemented and scaled by the CSI membership.

Contact Matt Wood-Hill if you would like to find out more.

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