ITU have established a new study group titled “ITU-T Study Group 20: IoT and its applications, including smart cities and communities”. The decision to create this group was taken by Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) at its assembly at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva early this month.
The Internet of Things (IOT) technologies are expected to connect an estimated 50 million devices to the network by 2020. The group will develop standards to take advantage of IoT technologies to address urban-development challenges. This will be done by standardizing architectures for IoT and developing mechanisms for interoperability of IoT applications used by numerous industrial sectors. A two year pilot project was inaugurated in Dubai to measure the efficiency and sustainability of its operations using the key performance indicators developed by ITU-T Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities (FG-SSC). This project will evaluate the feasibility of the developed indicators by FG-SSC.