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UNBS want urban authorities to adopt global standards

UNBS Executive Director Dr. Benon Manyindo(L) during the World Standard Day celebration he said Cities should adopt standards if the residents are to live safely

KAMPALA-UGANDA--The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has called upon urban authorities to adopt international standards on smart cities such that they can provide quality life to their citizens.

UNBS Executive Director Dr Ben Manyindo said for the city to meet smart city standards it must have structures that are environmentally friendly and all its occupancies must have access to quality utility services like water, energy.

“Urban authorities should strive for sufficient fresh water, universal access to cleaner energy, the ability to travel efficiently, a sense of safety and security to provide a decent quality of life to their citizens,” Manyindo said.

 He said that by 2050 majority of the population will be living in urban centres and cities but for the towns to accommodate the large populations urban authorities must comply with international standards and plan before the settlements take place in the near future.

“Without complying with the standards, cities will struggle to run safe and smooth services. Standards provide the foundation for electricity access and all the many devices and systems that use electricity and contain electronics.

“Standards  also support  the information and communication technologies  that  enables data  collection, exchange and analysis and information security alongside  guiding on all aspects  of city life including  energy efficient  buildings improved waste management,” said Manyindo.

Professor Jackson Mwakali, a Construction Engineering Consultant and also a Council Member to UNBS Board said for the urban authorities to comply with smart cities, they must develop physical master plans that can guide them. 

“Towns and Cities should develop Physical master plans which can guide the private sector when they are constructing buildings.

“Most of our towns have not yet developed their physical master plans, it’s why buildings are being erected on utility pipes, and others are in the power transmission lines, which is very dangerous to their lives,” Mwakali said.

The KCCA Director Physical Planning, Moses Atwine, said: “As KCCA, we have embraced the concept of smart cities and we undertaking a number of initiatives to implement standards for smart cities.”

Celebrated every year, the World Standards Day is an opportunity to pay tribute to the collaborative efforts of thousands of experts worldwide that develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as International Standards. The theme for the 2017 World Standards Day is: “Standards make cities smarter”.

The World Standards Day is an initiative of the International Electro technical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), three leading developers of International Standards.

By SAMUEL NABWIISO, Thursday, November 09th, 2017