ISO/IEC JTC 1 believes that the work in the area of information communication and technology standardization for accessibility is a major undertaking, encompassing many international, regional and local interests. Significant efforts are taking place in standards development at various levels.
In response to JTC 1’s long-term business plan and international, regional, national and end-user requirements in the area of accessibility, the Special Working Group on Accessibility (SWG-A) was established. The ISO/IEC JTC 1 SWG-A was created to develop the following areas:
- Determine an approach and implement the gathering of accessibility-related information, taking into consideration the varied and unique opportunities offered by including the direct participation of user organizations, workshops and liaisons.
- Maintain and disseminate up-to-date information on all known accessibility-related standards efforts, i.e., the standards inventory.
- Maintain and disseminate up-to-date information on accessibility-related user needs, i.e., the user needs summary.
- Through the wide dissemination of SWG-A materials, encourage the use of globally relevant, voluntary accessibility-related standards.
- Advise consortia/fora, if requested, on their submission of accessibility-related standards/specifications to the formal standards process via the JTC 1 Publicity Available Specification fast-track programme.
- Provide support to JTC 1 when it needs assistance related to accessibility.
For more information on ISO/IEC JTC 1 SWG-A, see www.jtc1access.org.
The next big development is the use of mobile phones as a contactless payment card for low value purchases. The mobile phone will act as a virtual card interoperating with the contactless payment terminal, whether in a fast food restaurants or at a mass transit ticket gate.
A new series of standards to meet the security and privacy needs in the cloud computing marketplace has just been launched. This development is being carried out in collaboration with other standards and industry groups to ensure the work is on target with market needs.
New technologies, such as cloud computing, offer new opportunities for the development of standards developed by ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38,Distributed application platforms and services (DAPs). These future guidelines will specify interoperability and portability mechanisms to connect otherwise isolated processing clouds, resulting in faster deployment of end-user solutions.
Future areas of work include social networking and Web collaboration, augmented reality, e-learning, ubiquitous computing, 3D image technology, virtualization, social analytics and wireless power transfer. ISO/IEC JTC 1 is well-positioned to address the worldwide recognition of the need for International Standards in these important emerging technology areas.
Information technology sustainability
The new ISO/IE JTC 1 SC 39, Sustainabilty for and by Information Technology, subcommittee will focus on the efficient use of resources to power and sustain ICT. Their goal is to bolster economically and environmentally viable development. In order to avoid conflicting or duplicative work, the subcommittee will actively collaborate with ISO and IEC technical committees and subcommittees, other standards organizations, including consortia and other external groups.
JTC 1 establishes Incubator Groups for a period of one year to investigate new standardization opportunities. Any information technology areas worthy of greater study are considered.