We have been engaged in initial public outreach relating to the smart cities agenda. In October 2017, we hosted a joint forum attended by representatives of industry bodies, legal advisors, researchers, standards committee members as well as government departments. This forum highlighted the lack of standardisation across sectors such as the Internet of Things (IoT), the need for clear metrics on performance, and opportunities for Australian stakeholders to be contributors to and consumers of standards – including at an international level.
In 2018 Standards Australia participated in the ISO Technical Management Board UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Taskforce. Many of the SDGs directly relate to smart city goals and objectives, from waste management and sanitation to city infrastructure, including transport. The Taskforce focused on how standards can play a key role in shaping our future world. These goals have since been mapped out in the ISO SDG portal
Standards Australia also contributed to the Inquiry into the Australian Government’s role in the development of cities (Infrastructure, Transport and Cities Committee)
. Our submission, alongside many others, has helped establish a forward action plan for Australian cities and regions for the next fifty years.