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Internet of Things

This is the highest level of standardization activity in the emergent Internet of Things in the world. It is happening now--faster than we can perceive--and driven largely by students and researchers (not Administrators). We will notice it most in hindsight.


Internet of Things

December 4, 2019
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“View of Delft Mauritshuis” | Johannes Vermeer (1660-1661)

Standards Michigan is a member of ANSI’s US National Committee to the IEC (USNC/IEC) and collaborates with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee (E&H) on coordinated response to Public Commenting opportunities posted by the IEC.

IEC Public Comment Home Page

The E&H Committee meets online four times monthly in European and American time zones in which the priorities of the Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) are a standing item on its agenda.

We find that the many of the technical specifics of the emergent #SmartCampus are playing out in other non-IEEE standards suites (such as the ICC, ASHRAE and INCITS suites) and open-source consortia (such as  M2M) are expanding their traditional scopes; thus diluting available expertise in the volunteer base upon which most of them depend.  The base of expertise for the user-interest is thin enough already.

Leaders of the US #SmartCampus transformation will have to sort through the competition among them because, at the moment, the blue-sky conception of a #SmartCampus is doing more to drive trade association content and conference revenue than contribute meaningfully to lower costs in the education industry.  The #SmartCampus transformation is already happening at the consumer (i.e. user-level) by slow degrees.


We are happy to explain the difference between speculative hype and meaningful technical specifics that show up on future campus construction, operation and maintenance balances sheets to anyone any day at 11 AM Eastern time.  We also sweep through commenting opportunities every month during our International standards teleconference.  See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.

For the moment, updates on the broader policy discussions continue.   Links to a few of them are available below:


Korea University


ARCHIVE: March 2, 2018


The electrical power industry has long since moved from a local to a global industry. The numerous national standard power outlet configuration is a legacy of localized electricity markets. Only until electrical products were manufactured for markets in other nations did it become necessary to “standardize” on power outlets. The Internet of Things “zeitgeist” presents a similar challenge (and opportunity) for the emergent #SmartCampus and responding to Calls for Public Comment is the best way to keep pace with it.

Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) of the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission has released for public review a draft international standard that will set the foundation for the vocabulary of the Internet of Things.  The education industry in all nations is a significant stakeholder in this technology not only because of its obvious interest to students and faculty but as a consumer (or as a user) on this technology.   The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards is the global Secretariat.

As in most standards projects for emergent interoperability technologies*  —  specifically ISO/IEC 20924 ED1 Information technology – Internet of Things (IoT) – Definitions and vocabulary —  the first step is to secure agreement on the terms of art; frequently complicated by action in open source or proprietary standards promoted by manufacturers.

Stakeholders generally have an opportunity to review and comment upon this document at the link provided by Subcommittee 41, Working Group 3 of the International Electrotechnical Commission (click here) though some national standardization bodies may require coordination of comments with national technical advisory groups (such as ANSI’s USNA/IEC).

Comments are due in Geneva, March 30, 2018

Getting access to the draft document and a commenting template will require providing specific security information so we will refer this commenting opportunity to the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee which meets 4 times per month every other Tuesday in both European and American time zones.  The E&H teleconferences are open to anyone with login information available on the posted draft agenda.   Standards Michigan also keeps ISO and IEC standards on the standing agenda of its weekly teleconferences which occur every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern time.  (Click here for login information)

Category: Electrical, Telecommunication, Informatics, International, #SmartCampus

*The IEC has special committees devoted to system integration and interoperability standards (IEC SyC)

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