‘Smart Cities’ is a wide concept that can be understood and implemented in many different ways. For this reason, the British Standards Institution (BSI) has published a guide to standardise data and systems in order to help local government, and particularly policy developers, address the creation of Smart Cities.
The UK standards body defines the PAS182 document as a new guide to data interoperability which will define “an overarching model of concepts and relationships that can be used to describe data from any sector” making it easier for the public and private sector to share information to promote economic growth.
The guide has been developed in collaboration with the Glasgow City Council, the London Borough of Redbridge, the Peterborough City Council, the Local Government Association, Socitm, the representative body for public sector ICT professionals, and other organisations.
The BSI expects that this document will also lead to the formation of shared objectives, collaboratively developed and supported by common information. Moreover, the institution has also released another document, the PD8108, that identifies the ways in which the planning process can help support the creation of Smart Cities through good urban design.