Improvement in urban services and the quality of life in smart cities are the main objectives of the ISO 37120 standard. Warsaw was evaluated according to the international criteria and standards. As a result, our capital received the highest – platinum – certificate of compliance with the standard.
At the beginning of 2019, Warsaw underwent verification of the indicators concerning all areas of the city's functioning on the basis of the international standard ISO 37120 – Sustainable Development of Communities: Indicators for City Services and the Quality of Life. The result of the certification procedure, i.e. the verification of Warsaw data by the Canadian organisation World Council on City Data (WCCD), was the award of the most prestigious platinum certificate.
“Warsaw does well in the ranking of innovative cities implementing the idea of smart cities, i.e. smart cities ensuring sustainable development. The implementation of the ISO standard has allowed us to identify our strengths, but it will also allow us to compare ourselves internationally with other certified cities. This will give us an opportunity to trade best practices and solutions,” said Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw. “Obtaining a platinum certificate also enhances Warsaw's credibility in the eyes of prospective investors, financial institutions and current investors. It also allows us to develop strategies involving, among other things, the quality of urban services and make decisions based on hard data verified by independent auditors.”
The WCCD auditors evaluated, among others, transport, spatial planning, sanitary services, safety, education and recreation in Warsaw. Certificates are awarded on the basis of the number of reported and verified indicators at five levels: aspirational, bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Warsaw’s indicators were verified by WCCD for the first time and the City received a platinum certificate.
All indicators are published on the international data portal www.dataforcities.org.