“The convergence of technology brings new complexities. No single standardization development organization can make the necessary standards on its own. We need to work together and cooperate.”
With these words, IEC General Secretary and CEO, Frans Vreeswijk, welcomed participants to the 22nd meeting for the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC).
From 26-27 March, the IEC and ISO are jointly organizing GSC-22 which brings together over 100 participants representing 12 standardization development organizations in the area of information communication technologies (ICT) from around the world. Two special sessions will focus on smart cities and artificial intelligence (AI).
Smart cities and AI
Recognizing the importance of data in a smart city, the first session will provide an overview of delivering, managing and using data. Interoperability platforms and data exchanges will be presented as well as information on some of the smart cities’ initiatives currently underway.
The session on AI will provide an update on current standardization work underway around safety, machine learning, transparency and trustworthiness. The session will also look into AI applications in health, use-cases and future opportunities.
As Frans noted, “smart technologies, whether in smart cities or using AI, are pervasive and bring a new set of ethical and societal challenges. We need to be aware of them and address them in a coordinated manner.”
The GSC seeks to promote global cooperation in the area of ICT standardization. It brings together SDOs from around the world to strengthen collaboration in areas of mutual interests. Since its founding in 1990, GSC provides for the regular exchange of work programmes and other information in a number of technical areas.
“This meeting is more than just networking and information sharing. We need to learn from each other,” concluded Frans.
The following organizations are participating in GSC-22:
- ARIB – Association of Radio Industries and Business – Japan
- ATIS – Alliance for Telecommunications Industry – USA
- CCSA – China Communications Standards Association – China
- ETSI – European Telecommunications Standards Institute – Europe
- IEC – International Electotechnical Commission
- IEEE – IEEE Standards Association
- ISO – International Organization for Standardization
- ITU – International Telecommunication Union
- TIA – Telecommunications Industry Association – USA
- TSDSI – Telecommunications Standards Development Society – India
- TTA – Telecommunication Technology Association – Korea.
- TTC – Telecommunication Technology Committee – Japan