ITU forms group to standardize IoT technologies
Study group to look at international standards for internet of things, smart cities
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has announced the formation of a new ITU-T study group to address standardization requirements of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
The group, ITU-T SG20 will have a particular focus on IoT standards as related to smart cities. It will be responsible for international standards to enable the coordinated development of IoT technologies, including machine-to-machine communications and ubiquitous sensor networks.
The study group will be chaired by Nasser Al Marzouqi of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.
The group will develop standards that leverage IoT technologies to address urban-development challenges. A key part of this study will be the standardization of end-to-end architectures for IoT and mechanisms for the interoperability of IoT applications and datasets employed by various vertically oriented industry sectors.
The deployment of IoT technologies is expected to connect an estimated 50 billion devices to the network by year 2020, impacting nearly every aspect of our daily lives. IoT is contributing to the convergence of industry sectors, with utilities, healthcare and transportation among the many sectors with a stake in the future of IoT technologies. The new ITU-T Study Group provides the specialised IoT standardization platform necessary for this convergence to rest on a cohesive set of international standards.
IoT technologies offer both developed and developing countries an opportunity to transform city infrastructure, benefiting from the efficiencies of intelligent buildings and transportation systems, and smart energy and water networks. ITU is well positioned to assist government and industry in capitalizing on this opportunity.
"Building smart sustainable cities will require efficient collaboration between the public and private sectors," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. "This new ITU-T Study Group will bring together a diverse selection of stakeholders, placing ITU's technical expertise at the service of other industry sectors as well as the national and metropolitan administrations responsible for urban development."
"Networks of IoT technologies will improve our understanding of how cities function, introducing many opportunities for efficiency gains," said Nasser Al Marzouqi. "With participants representing the many stakeholders in the field of information and communication technologies, this Study Group will be influential in promoting the development of the highly efficient ‘systems of systems' that will help bridge the digital divide and enable a more connected world."