China-led International Standard for Smart City ICT Reference Framework Released


On 7 August 2020, the international standard for smart city ICT framework (ISO/IEC 30145-3:20, 20 Information Technology — Smart City ICT Reference Framework — Part 3: Smart City Engineering Framework) was officially released. It is the first Smart City ICT Reference Framework standard released by ISO/IEC JTC 1; its development was led by China.

The ISO/IEC 30145 series of international standards put forward, from different perspectives, the framework, principles and requirements of information and communication technologies in support to the construction of smart cities. The newly-released part 3 of the standard focuses on the engineering perspective: it provides the ICT framework, structured in layers of information and communication technologies, essential for the operation of smart cities. This framework also provides the mapping of the ICT techniques to various system entities in order to support the smart city’s business, knowledge management, and operational systems from the engineering perspective. Part 1 and part 2 of ISO/IEC 30145 – respectively Smart City Business Process Framework and Smart City Knowledge Management Framework – are expected to be released in 2021. In addition, ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 11 (Smart City Working Group) has recently started the compilation of guidelines for the application and implementation of international standards such as ICT reference framework and ICT evaluation index: these will provide systematic solutions for the overall planning of smart cities within global cities, as well as for the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of specific smart city ICT projects.

The ISO/IEC 30145 series of international standards is developed by ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 11 (Smart City Working Group), together with the China Electronics Standardisation Institute (CESI) and experts from Peking University, the New Generation Standardisation Institute of the Shandong Academy of Sciences, the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), Tencent, CETC Great Wall and other enterprises, as well as experts from the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and other countries. The approval of this series of international standards was mainly proposed by Chinese experts, based on China’s national standard GB/T 34678-2017 Smart City Technology Reference Model – thus representing a milestone for the internationalisation of China’s smart city standards and experience in urbanisation.

CESI is the Secretariat and mirror committee in China of ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 11. CESI has always committed to the development, application and promotion of international standards for ICT in smart cities, continuously illustrating China’s smart city practices and solutions with the international community, and uniting with countries around the world to meet the challenges and opportunities of smart cities. To date, a total of ten international standards for ICT in smart cities have been approved – six of which are based on China’s national standards or practical experience.

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By Haley WU on 23 September