U.S. TAG TO IEC Systems Committee - Smart Cities


The Global Initiative to Accelerate Adoption of Smart Cities Technologies
U.S. TAG to the IEC Systems Committee on Smart Cities

Smarter cities enable more sustainable, reliable, efficient, and resilient city services (electric, water, waste, recycling, transportation, education, etc.) and foster greater civic engagement and awareness. Globally, stats on cities are forcing action:

  • Half of humanity – 3.5 billion people – lives in cities today
  • By 2030, almost 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas
  • 95 per cent of urban expansion in the next decades will take place in developing world
  • 828 million people live in slums today and the number keeps rising
  • The world’s cities occupy just 3% of the Earth’s land, but account for 60-80% of energy consumption and 75% of carbon emissions
  • Rapid urbanization is exerting pressure on fresh water supplies, sewage, the living environment, and public health
  • But the high density of cities can bring efficiency gains and technological innovation while reducing resource and energy consumption. Reference:  http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/cities

The initial meeting of the U.S. Technology Advisory Group to the IEC Systems Committee - Smart Cities, which was created by IEC and TIA in February 2017, was held May 1, 2017. The goals of the Committee include infrastructure resilience, safety and support for citizen’s engagement and participation. IEC added Smart Cities to its list of Systems Committees, applying this systems approach to accelerate the adoption of Smart Cities technologies. Join one of three working groups:

  • Terminology – Developing common lists of key terms and definitions, e.g., for stakeholders.
  • Market relationship – Reviewing the current market requirements and technology requirements in context of the architecture for smart infrastructure.
  • Reference Architecture – Identifying city needs, use case analysis, and different views of reference Architecture.

Learn about IEC Systems efforts and activities of the Systems Smart Cities Committee as we develop an action plan for the U.S. TAG input. The U.S. input fed into the global IEC Systems Committee held June 28-30 in Shanghai, China.

Leaders from your company involved in product or portfolio strategy and management, IoT technology planning and IoT standard/frameworks are encouraged to join the initiative. 

To learn about TIA and involvement in IEC Smart Cities Systems Committee, please contact: Florence Otieno, TIA International Standards Programs, at fotieno@tiaonline.org, 703-907-7556 or Marianna Kramarikova, Senior Director, Standards Programs and Program Development at mkramarikova@tiaoinline.org, 703-907-7743.

Who Should Join and Why?


  • Influence the direction of the IEC SyC Smart City scope, initiatives, and focus and help develop cross cutting vertical industrial standards 
  • Access global markets and build Smart City focused products that are accepted worldwide
  • Influence the nature of Smart City technology and product development
  • Develop insights into global Smart City projects and efforts

City Management

  • Bring real-life city challenges and use cases to influence the direction of the IEC SyC Smart City focus
  • Develop insights into various industry Smart City initiatives and influence with realistic city management perspective
  • Interact and network with other global city managers and learn about their Smart City journey
  • Build a better understanding of how to apply Smart City standards and have a diverse group of standards community to directly support in the application and provide feedback on the practicality of the standards


  • Promote the value of standardization within the institutions
  • Encourage student body to participate in the standard development organization like IEC  
  • Provide insights about global Smart Cities projects and efforts with internal Smart City initiatives
  • Influence the process of analyzing and developing standards for complex systems like Smart Cities using scientific technology methodologies and Systematic Approaches

More about IEC

  • IEC is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.
  • Close to 20 000 experts from industry, commerce, government, test and research labs, academia and consumer groups participate in IEC Standardization work. 
  • IEC cooperates with ISO (International Organization for Standardization) or ITU (International Telecommunication Union) to ensure that International Standards fit together seamlessly and complement each other
  • IEC is the only SDO with a "Systems Work" approach to address the emerging needs and challenges of complex systems