Standards collaboration, security and privacy top the list of priorities at IoT workshop

IoTMeeting to discuss the development of standards to support the nascent Internet of Things (IoT), a diverse group of experts has emphasized the importance of collaboration among standards bodies, the private sector and government; both in finding their respective roles in an IoT ecosystem growing in complexity, and devising technical solutions and regulations that safeguard security and privacy.

The promise of open-source IoT solutions and IoT research underway in academic and research institutes were other topics to feature in an ITU workshop, “Internet of Things: Trends and challenges in standardization”, held at ITU headquarters in Geneva, 18 February 2014.

Supported by SAP, the latest company to join the membership of ITU’s standardization arm (ITU-T), the workshop gathered a multi-disciplinary array of experts to discuss the state of play in the IoT sphere with a view to highlighting priorities for its future development.

A keynote presentation given by Daniel Faulk of SAP explored the economic and social drivers of the IoT in areas such as healthcare, sustainability, quality of life and remote management. In focus were the business opportunities arising from investment in new IoT technologies.

The many standards to support the IoT will operate at different layers of the OSI model and, highlighting the importance of standards-body coordination, representatives of ITU-T, IEEE,OGConeM2M and OASIS shared insight into existing and forthcoming IoT projects and standards.

Discussions of security and privacy – crucial pieces of the IoT puzzle – permeated every topic on the agenda and ITU and the European Union were charged with exploring their respective roles in developing appropriate regulation in this arena.

The meeting highlighted the value of the open-source community’s contribution to the development of IoT standards, given the rapid market growth possible with open-source solutions that encourage constant iteration and increase the ease with which experts can contribute to their development.

Academic and research institutes have been eligible for ITU membership since 2011 and played a keyrole in the event. The workshop was chaired by Alain Louchez, Managing Director of the Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT) at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The workshop incorporated exhibits from industry, government, research institutes and academia. STMicroelectronics showcased its Smart Home concept. The European OpenIoT project was presented by the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications (NICT) displayed its medical body area network. SAP presented videos highlighting some of the organization’s work in the field. OrbiWise showcased its IoT platform, and there was an exhibit from Yokosuka Telecom Research Park (YRP).

The workshop forms part of a series of IoT standards activities in Geneva this week and is followed by the ninth meeting of the IoT Global Standards Initiative (IoT-GSI), 19-25 February, and the tenth meeting of the IoT Joint Coordination Activity (JCA-IoT), 25 February.

More news on ITU-T’s standards work to support IoT can be found here…

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