IoT on the IEC map

First global workshop for Internet of Things Standards held in Berlin

By Janice Blondeau

IEC, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) organized a joint workshop on Standards for Internet of Things on 13 May 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

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IoT: a global trend

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an important global trend that requires standards to ensure the interoperability, safety and energy efficiency of IoT devices and systems. The topic attracts a lot of interest among the standardization community and greater coordination is needed.

In this context, IEC, ISO and ITU organized a joint workshop on IoT in Berlin. The event was hosted by the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) and led by ISO/IEC JTC 1, the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee on Information Technology. The aim was to share experience and gain insights on ongoing standardization activities in the area of IoT among the three organizations.

Transformational role of IoT

Speakers from various sectors shared their expectations of IoT and how it could impact their area of activity. Several use cases were presented, addressing applications such as smart grids, intelligent manufacturing, supply chain management, and wearable smart devices. Global challenges such as energy conservation, smarter cities and improved healthcare were discussed as concrete examples where IoT can have a significant transformational role. The workshop also talked about issues transversal to the different application domains of the IoT, such as data privacy and security, and reference architectures. Progress of related standardization is critical for large scale adoption of IoT technologies and solutions.

International Standards key to successful IoT deployment

The workshop concluded that international standards are of great importance to build a global market for safe, energy efficient and interoperable IoT devices and systems. Panelists concurred that expanding the existing collaboration between the three international standards organizations is vital for accelerating the successful deployment of IoT.

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