ITU releases 2 new proposals to advance global IoT standards

The International Telecommunication Union Standardisation Sector  Study Group 20 (ITU-IT SG20) concluded its meeting in Singapore on Tuesday with two new recommendations for the development of global Internet of Things (IoT) standards.

If adopted, the proposals on “Common requirements and capabilities of device management in IoT” and “Requirements of the smartphone as a sink node for IoT applications and services” may help governments and industries take a bigger stride towards developing international IoT standards in the near future.

The first recommendation provides that IoT devices and applications have to be correctly configured before they can operate efficiently through standardised interfaces and procedures. 

It also identified common parameters for remote activation, diagnostic, software upgrade and security management, allowing a simpler and more efficient way to manage devices and applocations.

“This could pave the way for providing a common set of standards to facilitate the fast deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT communications on a vast variety of devices,” the ITU-T SG20 document stated.

The second recommendation stated the requirements for smartphones to act as gathering points to collect IoT data such as monitored health parameters, device status, video and audio feeds. 

This recommendation could potentially enable smart healthcare initiatives, such as tele-health or health monitoring on the go,” the documented stated.

Globally, governments and businesses have been looking to harness the opportunities and potential offered by IoT. It is projected that there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, and IoT services spending is also projected to top $235 billion worldwide this year, up 22 percent from 2015.  

In Singapore, IoT will be a critical cornerstone for many of its Smart Nation initiatives such as Smart Homes, Smart Urban Habitat, Autonomous Vehicles, and even Digital Healthcare wearables. 

Hosted by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the ITU-T SG20 meeting gathered 180 participants from over 20 ITU’s member states and more than 30 organizations.