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IEC Smart Cities Plenary Meeting 2018

The 2018 meeting of the IEC System Committee Smart Cities: Electrotechnical aspects of Smart Cities has take place in Dortmund (Germany) from 29th January to 2nd February 2018 gathering leading international experts of standardization and Smart Cities.

The IEC Smart Cities Workshop

The Plenary Meeting of the IEC System Committee Smart Cities brought together leading international experts for standardization and Smart Cities, who also attended the first complementary workshop.


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Challenges in terms of traffic, energy, health, education and infrastructure

Two years ago, the international experts on the IEC System Committee Smart Cities set out to define joint standards for the cities of the future. From January 29 to 2 February, around 60 experts met at the initiative of the DKE German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies in DIN and VDE for the first time in Germany for further exchange. "What do cities need today? How can we advance and modernize existing infrastructures?" was the question posed by Kevin Behnisch, Head of Technology and member of the DKE management team to those attending the event in Dortmund Town Hall.

Global smart city activities

This then also outlined the tasks for the participants, with a particularly practical approach on January 30. The one-day workshop put the focus on information, discussion and sharing. The agenda included numerous presentations and practical examples. To begin, Joachim Schonowski from Deutsche Telekom AG – Telekom Innovation Laboratories – gave an overview of smart city activities in Germany and Europe. Robert Grüneis, Managing Director of Aspern Research GmbH, presented future research regarding energy as illustrated by the city of Vienna. Kurt Pommerenke from Dortmund Economic Development Agency put the topic in its regional context for the visitors from all over the world by taking a closer look at the city hosting the event. The workshop was chaired by Michael Mulquin (UK Chair of IEC), who also presented a systemic smart city approach.

Before taking a more detailed look at the systemic aspects, which were also featured in two presentations by Gennaro Ruggiero from the IEC International Electrotechnical Commission, the participants had time to cultivate international contacts and an opportunity to work together. The multinational teams that were put together at random produced some new approaches to elaborating the planned smart cities standards. They worked in groups to define the needs and challenges of modern cities, before presenting their results to the other participants.

Mobility is crucial to the future of our cities

The representatives from China, Japan, the USA, India, Brazil and Europe all face similar challenges. Mobility and traffic systems play a key role in practically every country, together with environmental issues such as clean water and clean air. Besides work, education and infrastructure, other important questions also refer to the production and use of energy. Technological progress and the resulting digital urbanization also bring major challenges, given the rapid pace at which cities are developing all over the world. Furthermore, the DKE experts see a need for action in another aspect: "The security of such systems is hugely important in the event of an emergency or breakdown in communications", emphasized Kevin Behnisch. The fact is that even in the future, smart cities will still depend on electricity.

The Smart City System Committee is therefore focusing on standards for strategic guidelines and empirical examples. The international experts will continue to meet during the current year at events planned in the US; South Korea and India.

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