The recent meeting of the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) has seen the launch of a new Focus Group to hasten standards development in the key area of Smart Water Management.
The formation of the Focus Group on Smart Water Management (FG-SWM) responds to the Luxor Call to Action emanating from a workshop held in Luxor, Egypt, 14-15 April 2013.
The event highlighted the necessity of a multi-stakeholder approach to the development of Ďsmartí water-management systems; one that incorporates the views of irrigation, agriculture, environment and communications ministries as well as those of the ICT industry and relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
FG-SWM is expected to carry out the following specific tasks:
- Collect and document information on national, regional and international smart water management initiatives; reporting on current activities and technical specifications.
- Specify the roles to be played by ICTs in smart water management.
- Develop a list mapping key stakeholders involved in the area of ICTs and smart water management.
- Develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess the impact achieved through the use of ICTs in water-management systems.
- Develop a set of methodologies for estimating the impact of ICTs on water conservation.
- Identify water-management ICT applications and services with the potential to ensure interoperability and the benefits of economies of scale.
- Draft technical reports that address standardization gaps and identify new standardization work items to be taken up by its parent group, ITU-T Study Group 5 (Environment and climate change).
The new Focus Group will work in close collaboration with the Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities (FG-SSC) established in February 2013 (read an earlier newslog article on the formation of FG-SSC here).
Learn more about ITU-Tís work on ICTs, the environment and climate change here.