The International Telecommunications Union has signed a memorandum of understanding with Georgia Institute of Technology to collaborate on developing standards for the Internet of Things.
Under the MoU, the ITU’s standardisation Study Group 20, which addresses IoT technologies and applications, will ally with Georgia Tech’s centre for the development and applications of IoT, and academic “think tank” on the topic. The two parties will form a joint steering committee to supervise the overall implementation of the collaboration, and promote discussion on the topic to standards groups and trade associations focused on a vertical markets or a group of industries (horizontal market), open source communities, de facto standard representatives, and other public and private organisations interested in IoT technologies.
“The Internet of Things includes a wide array of disciplines and technologies in which Georgia Tech has a proven track record of expertise,” said Georgia Tech president W.P. “Bud” Peterson. “Our cutting-edge work in sensors, signal processing, cybersecurity, 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.”
According to the ITU, a critical objective of the agreement is the expectation that the collaboration will lead to, or at least play a relevant role, in the standardisation work of ITU-T study groups, such as SG-20, as well as the research and education activities of CDAIT.