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New INCITS Technical Committee on Smart Cities & Organizational Meeting Announced, Group Calls for Members and Expert Input

WASHINGTON — The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) announced today that it has approved the establishment of a new Technical Committee on Smart Cities (INCITS/Smart Cities). The technical standards forum said INCITS/Smart Cities will serve as the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the Joint Technical Committee (JTC 1) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and will be designated as US TAG to ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 11 “Smart Cities.”

Mr. Steve Holbrook of the IBM Corporation will convene the INCITS/Smart Cities organizational meeting, which will be held via teleconference, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT on Thursday, April 21, 2016.  Teleconference details will be provided with the two-week agenda for those who RSVP for the organizational meeting (registration information is provided below).

The group said membership on INCITS/Smart Cities is open to all directly and materially affected parties. In order to comply with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requirements, while all parties may participate in the discussions, only those organizations domiciled in the United States may vote to establish a U.S. position on TAG matters. The committee will operate under the ANSI-accredited INCITS procedures. All organizations that attend the first meeting or the second meeting and request voting membership will attain voting rights immediately.

The INCITS/Smart Cities area of work will address standardization in the areas assigned to JTC 1/WG 11 “Smart Cities”, which include:

  • Serve as the focus of and proponent for JTC 1's Smart Cities standardization program.
  • Develop foundational standards for the use of ICT in Smart Cities - including the Smart City ICT Reference Framework and an Upper Level Ontology for Smart Cities - for guiding Smart Cities efforts throughout JTC 1 upon which other standards can be developed.
  • Develop a set of ICT related indicators for Smart Cities in collaboration with ISO/TC 268.
  • Develop additional Smart Cities’ standards and other deliverables that build on these foundational standards.
  • Identify JTC 1 (and other organization) subgroups that are developing standards and related material that contribute to Smart Cities, and where appropriate, investigate ongoing and potential new work that contributes to Smart Cities.
  • Develop and maintain liaisons with all relevant JTC 1 subgroups.
  • Engage with the community outside of JTC 1 to grow the awareness of, and encourage engagement in, JTC 1 Smart Cities standardization efforts within JTC 1, forming liaisons as is needed.
  • Ensure a strong relationship with Smart Cities activities in ISO and IEC.

Applicants seeking to join INCITS/Smart Cities are asked to complete the membership request form at Both RSVPs for the INCITS/Smart Cities technical committee organizational meeting (due April 18, 2016) and meeting agenda contributions (due by April 5, 2016) should be submitted to Barbara Bennett, INCITS associate manager for standards operations, via email to:  

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