The IEC and ISO Joint Technical Committee (ISO/IEC JTC 1) for information technology held its Plenary in New Delhi, India, this month. Hosted by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), over 100 delegates from more than 20 nations discussed their work programmes for the development of international standards for ICT.
“Some interesting developments include a new standard for mobile drivers licence, a new standard for privacy management and interesting activity for risk management for artificial intelligence, but there were many more. We reviewed developments in advisory groups which are studying new topics, comprising data usage and sharing, quantum computing and digital twin technology that could be used across multiple sectors. We also formed a new working group on trustworthiness that will be developing definitions and guidelines for use across JTC 1”, said Phil Wennblom, Chair of JTC 1.
During the meeting, Wennblom acknowledged the recipients of the IEC 1906 Awards – Miguel Banon (Spain), Osten Franberg (Sweden), Jie Shen, (China), Liu Tangli (China) and Wei Wei (Germany) – for their exceptional achievements.
He also congratulated the experts of Subcommittee 29, who developed the standard for JPEG, which won a 2019 Engineering Emmy of the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in October this year. SC 29 covers coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information, and developed the successful JPEG standard ISO/IEC 10918, Information technology – Digital compression and coding of continuous-tone still images.
The scope of JTC 1 work is broad, with diverse groups developing international standards for cutting edge technologies, as well as investigating potential new areas.
New Working Group on Trustworthiness
A new Working Group for reporting to JTC1 for Trustworthiness was established and will be led by Dr Walter Fumy. It will develop horizontal deliverables upon which other JTC 1 topic-specific trustworthiness standards may be delivered. The initial focus will be to progress the approved work item ISO/IEC TS 24462 Ontology for Trustworthiness Assessment. The next stage will develop a Standing Document that maps out which JTC 1 entities and other ISO and IEC committees are considering the topic, while documenting its relevance to their work programmes.
JETI – the JTC 1 Emerging Technologies and Innovation group successfully completed a report on brain-computer interface (BCI). Its proposed recommendation resulted in the establishment of a new Advisory Group on BCI. The group will investigate further aspects of BCI in relation to ISO, IEC and JTC 1 standardization, including: key concepts, market and societal requirements and current technologies. Other new reports under development cover the Internet of body (IoB), drones, autonomous systems and digital currency.
The Open Source Software, Data Usage, Quantum Computing, Digital Twin, VR/AR for Integration Systems and Standards and Regulations Advisory Groups will continue their important work, while the Advisory Group on Meta-Reference Architecture will convene a workshop on 1-3 September, 2020 at the European Commission offices in Brussels, Belgium.
The Advisory Group for Use Cases for VR and AR based ICT integration systemshighlighted a new work item proposal on Guidelines for developing VR and AR based education and training systems.