The role of the education industry in the Internet of Things (Iot) zietgeist can be understood in terms of its stakeholder position in each of the three interest categories identified in a document at the foundation of the US standards system; one that bears similarity to due process requirements for technological transformation in other nations*:
- Producer. As a provider of basic and applied research in the IoT transformation. Expert faculty is recruited to respond to the demand for networking knowledge.
- General Interest: As an educator that trains the workforce to manage connectivity and data exchange in the IoT transformation.
- User: As a consumer of the products and systems that depend upon connectivity and data exchange in the embedded technologies of the #SmartCampus. (The weakest of all stakeholders in the global standards system and where StandardsMichigan places its resources)
The IoT zietgeist is fundamentally an electrotechnology transformation and therefore it is wise to collaborate with the US National Committee to the International Electrotechnical Commission, with educational institutions in other nations who are members of the the International Electrotechnical Commission, the International Organization for Standardization, the International Teleommunications Union; and other ad hoc consortia in the IoT space.
These organizations provide a template for the development of IoT strategy for every member nation, for every industry; including the education industry. No government regulations in any nation or any industry will be crafted without the foundation they assemble
In prospect IoT still seems a gauzy, abstract conception for the #SmartCampus but in retrospect we already see it in power-over-ethernet lighting systems, for example (CLICK HERE). We see it in micro-transportation, campus security surveillance systems, massive open online curriculum and the like. We collaborate most closely with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee (IEEE E&H) to develop opportunities to lower #TotalCostofOwnership as this transformation gathers pace. As always, we hunt down cost-saving opportunities that appear on building construction bid tabs and per-square-foot operation and maintenance costs.
As the world’s largest professional association, the IEEE is a driver for this transformation and its Standards Association has begun administering a new standardization project to manage (i.e.) mitigate obvious IoT architecture divergence titled: P2413 Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things. From the project prospectus:
This standard defines an architectural framework for the Internet of Things (IoT), including descriptions of various IoT domains, definitions of IoT domain abstractions, and identification of commonalities between different IoT domains. The architectural framework for IoT provides a reference model that defines relationships among various IoT verticals (e.g., transportation, healthcare, etc.) and common architecture elements. It also provides a blueprint for data abstraction and the quality “quadruple” trust that includes protection, security, privacy, and safety.” Furthermore, this standard provides a reference architecture that builds upon the reference model. The reference architecture covers the definition of basic architectural building blocks and their ability to be integrated into multi-tiered systems. The reference architecture also addresses how to document and, if strived for, mitigate architecture divergence. This standard leverages existing applicable standards and identifies planned or ongoing projects with a similar or overlapping scope.
This project was launched in 2015 but has been revised by the IEEE Standards Association this month and has been posted for public comment. It will be referred to the IEEE E&H Committee hosted every other week in Europe and the Americas. Those teleconferences — one at 15:00 Central European Time and 3:00 PM Eastern time in the Americas, are open to anyone. CLICK HERE for login credentials. Of course, we are happy to discuss IoT in general terms any day at 11 AM Eastern time during our standing daily teleconferences. Use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page.
Category: Administration & Management, Electrical, Information and Communications Technology, Facility Asset Management, Information, International, Telecommunications, US Department of Energy
Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Kane Howard, Chad Jones