Faced with increasing urbanisation – 60% of the world’s population will live in 600 megacities by 2030 – and therefore increasing pressure on resources, water, raw materials and energy, the city of tomorrow has to be more sustainable and intelligent in order to meet these new challenges. The goal of the collaborative platform World Smart City − launched on 18 January by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Standards Organisation (ISO) − is to devise new models for urban life. Let’s zoom in. Singapore – Credit: Unsplash – Khendi Lee
Bringing together the key player
Singapore – Credit: Unsplash – Khendi Lee
World Smart City is the first online community platform to adopt the goal of helping urban stakeholders to create more efficient, fairer and cleaner cities. As ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao explains: “It’s a complex task that requires cooperation to be strengthened and decision-making to be coordinated among the different municipal stakeholders and international standards organisations….”. The stakeholders that this platform hopes to bring together include professionals such as urban planners, architects, consultants, utilities representatives, transport planners, data specialists, researchers and start-up backers, among others. And anyone at all who wants to become a member can join them, as its creators are also counting on public participation to identify the key weaknesses in urban development and to fuel discussions about mobility, water, energy, cybersecurity and privacy.
The World Smart City platform brings together a community of municipal stakeholders around a series of forums, at which they can discuss Smart City themes and problems. These themes are also fuelled by regular blog posts, and by online VIP-member debates on the 18th of every month. All these discussions and debates will help to define the agenda of the World Smart Cities Forum which will be held on 13 July in Singapore.
Discover the World Smart City platform here.