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A Review of Technical Standards for Smart Cities

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Lai, Chun Sing, Youwei Jia, Zhekang Dong, Dongxiao Wang, Yingshan Tao, Qi Hong Lai, Richard T. K. Wong, Ahmed F. Zobaa, Ruiheng Wu, and Loi Lei Lai. 2020. “A Review of Technical Standards for Smart Cities.” Clean Technologies 2 (3): 290–310.

Smart cities employ technology and data to increase efficiencies, economic development, sustainability, and life quality for citizens in urban areas. Inevitably, clean technologies promote smart cities development including for energy, transportation and health. The smart city concept is ambitious and is being refined with standards. Standards are used to help with regulating how smart cities function and contributing to define a smart city. Smart cities must be officially recognized by national and international authorities and organizations in order to promote societal advancement. There are many research and review articles on smart cities. However, technical standards are seldom discussed in the current literature. This review firstly presents the study of smart city definitions and domain. The well-known smart city standards will be presented to better recognize the smart city concept. Well-defined standards allow meaningful comparisons among smart cities implementation. How smart city initiatives make a city smarter and improve the quality of life will be discussed for various countries. This review highlights that technical standards are important for smart cities implementation. This paper serves as a guide to the most recent developments of smart cities standards.

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