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UL joins Smart Cities Council


August 7, 2017

UL, a global safety science organization, has joined the Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, as a Global Lead Partner. UL is now part of a membership featuring recognized worldwide leaders in their respective sectors who are focused on helping the Smart Cities Council achieve their mission of building a more livable, workable, and sustainable world. Other Global Lead Partners include AT&T, Microsoft, Cisco, and Dow, to name a few.

Initially, UL’s involvement will include being the Chair of the new Urban Mobility Task Force. The task force will focus on preparing cities to successfully implement technologies that reduce congestion, reduce costs, reduce carbon, and expand transportation options as well as accelerate the growth of the sector by identifying and lowering barriers to adoption.

Simin Zhou, VP & Managing Director of UL Corporate Ventures addressed why UL is leading this effort.  “UL has a long history of impartial collaboration around safety and standards and we're proud to make a contribution to this important area. Moreover, we recognize no single company can solve urban mobility. It will take all of us, working together, to create the needed breakthroughs in technology and in policy.”

The Smart Cities Council is comprised of the foremost experts and leading global companies in the smart technologies sector, who serve as advisors and resources. Its goal is to accelerate the growth of smart cities worldwide by providing city leaders with access to technology counsel, financial tools, policy frameworks, visibility campaigns, and advocacy.

To learn more about the Smart Cities Council and what their Partners have said about the value of the council, please watch the following video.

For more information on the Smart Cities Council, visit