The IDC's Worldwide Internet of Things Forecast 2015-2020 found that most of the spending will be by enterprises and the public sector
The IDC's Worldwide Internet of Things Forecast 2015-2020 found that most of the spending will be by enterprises and the public sector
The IDC's Worldwide Internet of Things Forecast 2015-2020 found that most of the spending will be by enterprises and the public sector

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has set up a working group that will co-ordinate efforts to establish standardisation requirements for IoT technologies in smart city deployments.

According to ITU's website, the study group created for ‘IoT and its applications, including smart cities and communities’ will work to align international standards development on the use of IoT and M2M technologies to address several urban development challenges.

The ITU-T Study Group 20 will gather a varied selection of stakeholders, including the ITU's technical experts as well as national and metropolitan administration responsible for urban development.

Key to the 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”, says the ITU.

Standardizing IoT

Chaesub Lee, director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau said: "ITU-T is very active in IoT standardisation, and we aim to assist cities around the world in creating the conditions necessary for IoT technologies to prove their worth in addressing urban development challenges.

"The coming five years will be crucial in ensuring that IoT technologies meet their potential.”

The Geneva-based organization added that it was well positioned to help governments and the private sector to capitalize on the potential that IoT has to transform city infrastructure enabling the establishment of smart buildings, intelligent transportation systems and smart energy and water networks.

The chairman of the study group, who is from the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Nasser Almarzouqi commented: “Networks of IoT technologies will improve our understanding of how cities function, introducing many opportunities for efficiency gains.

“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.”