International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

News release – 2016 Number 09

First global workshop for Internet of Things Standards held in Berlin


Geneva, Switzerland, 2016-05-24IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ITU (International Telecommunications Union) organized a joint workshop on Standards for Internet of Things (IoT) on 13 May 2016 in Berlin, Germany.


Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an important global trend that requires standards to ensure the interoperability, safety and energy efficiency of IoT devices and systems.


The topic attracts a lot of interest among the standardization community and greater coordination is needed. In this context, IEC, ISO and ITU organized a joint workshop on IoT on 13 May 2016 in Berlin, Germany.


The event was hosted by the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) and led by the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee on Information Technology (JTC 1). The aim was to share experience and gain insights on ongoing standardization activities in the area of IoT among the three organizations.


Speakers from various sectors shared their expectations of IoT and how it could impact their area of activity. Several use cases were presented, addressing applications such as smart grids, intelligent manufacturing, supply chain management, and wearable smart devices.


Global challenges such as energy conservation, smarter cities and improved healthcare were also discussed as concrete examples where IoT can have a significant transformational role. 


The workshop discussed also issues related to the different application domains of the Internet of Things, such as data privacy and security, and reference architectures. Progress of related standardization is critical for large scale adoption of IoT technologies and solutions.


The workshop concluded that international standards are of great importance to build a global market for safe, energy efficient and interoperable IoT devices and systems. Panelists concurred that expanding the existing collaboration between the three International Standards organizations is vital for accelerating the successful deployment of IoT.


Download event presentations from the website including the presentation from Richard Schomberg, IEC Smart Energy chair and EDF VP Smart Energy Standards, on The evolving role of the Internet of Things for energy applications; from Norbert Bensalem, JTC1JAG-Systems Integration Facilitiation Convenor on the Internet of Things work of JTC1 and Gilles Thonet, Head of ICT Standards, IEC, on IoT@IEC.


IEC/ISO/ITU Workshop on "Internet of Things" event webpages.