Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a global network used to interconnect embedded objects such as sensors and mobile devices which are able to communicate and generate/share data with one another


IoT is fast becoming the intelligence of everything as it is combined with artificial intelligence (AI) to transform data into knowledge. The technology is impacting a huge number of sectors, from the transmission and distribution of electricity to the devices we use in our cities and homes.

The IEC MSB (Market Strategy Board) has published a white paper that surveys the role of wireless sensor networks in the evolution of the IoT. It assesses the need for standards to achieve interoperability among wireless sensor networks from different vendors and across varied applications, in order to unleash the full potential of the IoT.

The IEC and ISO Joint Technical Committee, ISO/IEC JTC 1, prepares international standards for information and communication technologies related to business and consumer applications. In 2016, JTC 1 created Subcommittee (SC) 41 to produce standards for the IoT, building on the work accomplished for many years by its Working Groups (WG) 7 and 10.

Since its creation, SC 41 has published several standards, including ISO/IEC 30141, Internet of things – Reference architecture. The 84-page document establishes an all-encompassing framework for IoT, which serves as a basis from which to develop context-specific IoT architectures and actual systems.

SC 41 is developing several other projects with trustworthiness as a guiding principle, including a framework and methodology for implementing and maintaining trustworthiness of IoT systems and services.


IEC White Paper

Wireless sensor networks (WSN) are generating increasing interest from industry and research. This is driven by the availability of inexpensive, low-powered miniature components such as processors, radios and sensors which are sometimes integrated on a single chip.