The ITU is generally known for developing recommendations (or standards) defining how telecommunications networks operate, and producing guides, handbooks, technical papers, and other related publications. Recognizing a specific need for the technical standardization of Smart City initiatives, the (ITU-T) created the Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities (FG-SSC) in February 2013. The group is scheduled to run until May of 2015, unless extended for another year. Its remit is quite simple:
“The FG-SSC acts as an open platform for smart-city stakeholders – such as municipalities; academic and research institutes; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and ICT organizations, industry forums and consortia – to exchange knowledge in the interests of identifying the standardized frameworks needed to support the integration of ICT services in smart cities.”
To facilitate this knowledge exchange, the FG-SSC holds regular meetings and events, and hosts online discussions regarding Smart Cities and the role of ICT resulting in technical reports and specifications. The tasks and deliverables of the group are:
- Defining the role of ICTs in environmentally sustainable smart cities, and identifying the ICT systems necessary to their development;
- Identifying or developing a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to gauge the success of smart-city ICT deployments;
- Establishing relationships and liaison mechanisms with other bodies engaged in smart-city studies and development;
- Identifying future smart-city standardization projects to be undertaken by its parent group, ITU-T Study Group 5;
- Developing a roadmap for the ICT sector’s contribution to Smart Sustainable Cities, providing cohesion to the development and application of technologies and standards.