Smart Cities Taking the Lead to Create TC 2.0

The IEEE Smart Cities Technical Community is leading the way as the first pilot for the TAB Technical Community 2.0 (TC 2.0) Ad Hoc. The TC 2.0 Ad Hoc Committee with the Smart Cities pilot continues to learn from each other and build the TC 2.0 infrastructure, governance, and framework together. Participation in a TC 2.0 is open to anyone with interest in the subject area, including non-IEEE members. 

As a TC 2.0 entity, Smart Cities is empowered to grow and innovate within a lightweight, operational framework that reduces the burden on the TAB infrastructure and supports long-term sustainability, and continued success.

TC 2.0 aims to offer a new option for an overall structure and business process for new and emerging areas across Technical Activities, to assist in the support and consolidation of IEEE activities across a broad set of technical, socio-economic, and ethical focus areas. TC 2.0 aims to support the IEEE 2023 focus areas of innovation, coordination, cooperation, and communications.

Smart Cities originated as an initiative within IEEE Future Directions with funding from TAB and the New Initiatives Committee (NIC). The Smart Cities Technical Community brings together a broad array of IEEE’s technical societies and organizations helping to advance state-of-the-art technologies for the benefit of society and to set the global standard by serving as a neutral broker of information amongst industry, academic, and government stakeholders.

The IEEE Smart Cities mission is to foster technological innovation and excellence in smart city technologies and systems for the benefit of humanity and society. As a community, IEEE Smart Cities envisions being a leading professional organization that engages stakeholders in the development of sustainable, resilient, equitable, and privacy-respecting smart city technologies and systems that address diverse community needs.  The volunteer and expert-led IEEE Smart Cities Technical Community will achieve this vision as a cross-disciplinary platform for research, development, technical standards, and professional educational materials. 

There are six (6) IEEE partner organizational units who contribute to the Smart Cities Technical Community strategic and operational activities. Included are Industry Applications Society, Power and Energy Society, Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, Council on Electronic Design Automation, and Council on RFID. Further, potential new partners are in the process of joining the technical community.

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Here are some of the products and services that have been developed and made available.

·  Newsletter with original articles.

·  Live webinars on topics focused on smart and sustainable cities leveraging new technologies and solutions.

·  Annual flagship conference and other co-sponsored events.

Upcoming Events and Awards 

Currently, Smart Cities has an open call for city/municipality projects that have successfully leveraged smart city technologies and innovation. If you have successfully completed a project by March 2023 that highlights smart cities technology and innovation, please apply (by June 30, 2023) to be considered for the 2023 IEEE Smart Cities Award. Contest finalists will receive a qualified endorsement from IEEE to establish your projects credibility for implementing future projects. 

In addition, contest finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their project at IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2) 2023. For more information on how to apply, Smart Cities Contest 2023.

ISC2 is the flagship IEEE Smart Cities event which brings together practitioners, city policymakers and administrators, infrastructure operators, industry representatives and researchers to present technologies and applications, and to share their experiences and views with current and future Smart Cities applications. In its ninth year, the conference includes keynote and panel session discussions, tutorials given by experts on state-of-the-art topics, and special sessions on emerging topics with the aim of complementing the regular program. ISC2 2023 will be held in Bucharest Romania, 24-27 September.

Please reach out with any questions and comments via Kathy Grise, [email protected].

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