Smart Cities

Cities and their delivery partners face complex choices about what type of future they are seeking to create in order to meet aspirations of their citizens. Different cities will have different visions, reflecting the needs and circumstances of their populations and economic activities.

Strain on traditional service delivery from increasing populations poses a significant challenge to the sustainable growth of cities. Managing physical resources, such as energy or water as well as managing healthcare, traffic and city logistics, among others, is a major challenge that cities need to address to ensure sustainable growth in the future.

The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has commissioned BSI to develop a standards strategy for smart cities in the UK. The strategy identifies the role of standards in accelerating the implementation of smart cities and providing assurance to citizens that the risks are being managed appropriately. Here you’ll find more information about the strategy and current standards-related activities.

More recently, The Cities Standards Institute has been launched, a joint initiative of the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the Future Cities Catapult, brings together cities and key industry leaders and innovators to work together in identifying the challenges facing cities, providing solutions to common problems and defining the future of smart city standards.

Download - Making cities smarter - Guide for city leaders (PDF)
Download - The Role of Standards in Smart Cities (PDF)

Download - City Data Report (PDF)


The Cities Standards Institute

The Cities Standards Institute, a joint initiative of the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the Future Cities Catapult, brings together cities and key industry leaders and innovators to work together in identifying the challenges facing cities, providing solutions to common problems and defining the future of smart city standards.

Standards and publications

We’re developing a range of standards and publications including PAS 180, PAS 181, PAS 182, PD 8100 and PD 8101 which cover leadership guides, terminology, frameworks and data concept models for smart cities.