Monday, February 25, 2013

New Group to Focus on Standards for “Internet of Things”



Stakeholders to Begin Work This Month on Common U.S. Approach

The U.S. tech sector is engaged in setting common standards to drive interoperability and connectivity for the Internet of Things.

The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) will serve as the central U.S. technical advisory group for a global effort.

“As the Internet links more things in our lives – from smartphones to cars to refrigerators to sensors – the potential benefit for people’s lifestyles and business productivity is significant. But with the benefits come responsibilities on security and governance that common global standards can address,” said Philip Wennblom, Chairman of the INCITS Executive Board.

The INCITS study group will develop the U.S. positions for the talks. The group will focus on several key areas including work to:

• Identify market requirements and standardization gaps for the Internet of Things (IoT);
• Facilitate cooperation across economic sectors; and,
• Promote common U.S. and global standards for IoT and encourage them to be recognized and utilized by industry, government, and other standards-setting organizations

The INCITS IoT meeting will be held at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) in Washington, D.C., on February 27, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. ET. Stakeholders wishing to participate in this effort should contact Barbara Bennett (bbennett@itic.org).

About INCITS

The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) is the forum of choice for information technology developers, producers and users for the creation and maintenance of formal IT standards. INCITS is accredited by, and operates under rules approved by, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). INCITS is sponsored by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a global advocacy and policy organization that represents the world’s leading innovation companies.