The ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1 is holding its annual plenary meeting in Stockholm this week from 5 to 8 November. The Plenary is hosted by the Swedish Standards Institute.
This yearly meeting is an opportunity for the country delegates and chairs of JTC 1 subcommittees (SC) to get together to discuss their work programmes. Given the growing workload of JTC 1 and the need to keep up with the rapid pace of innovation, the plenary will host two face-to-face meetings each year as of 2019.
About JTC 1
JTC 1 develops International Standards in the field of information technology (IT) for business and consumer applications. Since its inception in 1987, JTC 1 has published over 3119 Standards and benefited from the contribution of thousands of experts from around the world.
Examples of some of the areas where JTC 1 has developed Standards include multimedia (MPEG), smart cards, information security, bar codes and RFID, cloud computing and biometrics.
Anticipating market trends, JTC 1 had recently published a reference architecture for the internet of things (IoT) and set up a subcommittee on artificial intelligence which has already held two meetings this year to define its roadmap for the future.
JTC 1 is comprised of 22 subcommittees as well as two working groups in the areas of big data and smart cities and a study group on 3D printing.
Short ‘market windows’
Given the rapid development of new technologies, JTC 1 recognizes that timing is very important. Standards must be published within a timeframe that allows new innovations to become widely available in the global marketplace but yet within the framework of safety, quality and consensus that are essential to ISO and IEC members.
JTC 1 handles complex technical issues where Standards from JTC 1 as well as external consortia must be made to interoperate
Working with Young Professionals
In his 2018 report to the Plenary, JTC 1 Chair Phil Wennblom provided an update of his activities during the IEC General Assembly held in Busan, South Korea last month. Among his many remarks, he noted his positive impression of the Young Professionals workshop and suggested that this could be an area where JTC 1 is further involved.