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ITU and Georgia Tech collaborate on IoT standards

Steve Rogerson
December 22, 2015
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have agreed to monitor global IoT activities and collaborate on developing standards.
“ITU welcomes the participation of academic institutions like Georgia Tech in creating an enabling environment for leading edge technologies,” said ITU secretary-general Houlin Zhao. “This agreement is an important step as we address the coming age of the internet of things.”
The memorandum of understanding recognises the importance of standards and the effective management of the associated applications through which value is clearly identified and captured for this fast-growing industry.
“The internet of things includes a wide array of disciplines and technologies in which Georgia Tech has a proven track record of expertise,” said WP “Bud” Peterson, president of Georgia Tech. “Our cutting-edge work in sensors, signal processing, cyber-security, autonomous systems and computer applications spans a number of the academic programmes as well as applied research enterprise here at Georgia Tech, and we are looking forward to partnering with ITU to develop solutions to this global challenge.”
This initiative will be carried out in collaboration with the ITU Standardisation Sector (ITU-T) Study Group 20, which addresses IoT technologies and its applications, including smart cities and communities, M2M communications and ubiquitous sensor networks. The group is charged with developing standards that leverage IoT technologies to address urban-development challenges.
The Georgia Tech interface will be the Georgia Tech Centre for the Development & Application of IoT Technologies (CDAIT), an IoT technological think tank aimed at identifying, understanding and solving problems within the IoT value chain.
The ITU-T and Georgia Tech plan to establish a joint steering committee composed of two representatives from each organisation that will supervise the overall implementation of the collaboration. Both parties will encourage standards groups and trade associations focused on a specific industry (vertical market) or a group of industries (horizontal market), open source communities, de facto standard representatives, and other public and private organisations interested in IoT technologies to participate in IoT relevant discussions with the goal of promoting interoperability in the IoT arena across industry and geographic markets.
Through this cooperation, both the ITU and Georgia Tech plan to organise topic-relevant events jointly in the future, such as workshops, conferences and webinars, for the purpose of enriching the debate regarding standards-development activities in the technical areas pertinent to the IoT.