ITU-T Study Group 20 to Integrate IoT in Smart Cities

ITU-T-Study-Group-20-to-Integrate-IoT-in-Smart-CitiesITU members have established a new ITU-T Study Group called ITU-T Study Group 20 which will integrate IoT (Internet of Things) technologies, in smart cities.

The new group is titled ITU-T Study Group 20 will be responsible for international standards to enable the coordinated development of IoT technologies, including machine-to-machine communications and ubiquitous sensor networks.

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 specialized IoT standardization platform necessary for this convergence to rest on a cohesive set of international standards.

“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,” added Zhao.

Chaesub Lee, director, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau said, “ITU-T is very active in IoT standardization, 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.”

In May, Dubai became the world’s first city to assess the efficiency and sustainability of its operations using the key performance indicators developed by the ITU-T Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities (FG-SSC). The two-year pilot project will evaluate the feasibility of the indicators with the aim of contributing to their international standardization.

Singapore has offered to host the inaugural meeting of the IoT Study Group.

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