During the second week of May, ISO/IEC JTC 1 held its 34th plenary meeting in Lahaina, Maui, USA.. The meeting in Lahaina brought together more than 70 experts from 18 countries to discuss developments and plan new work programs across many aspects of the Information Technology standardisation landscape.

Delegates attending the ISO/IEC JTC 1 meeting in Lahaina, Maui, US

Constituted in 1987 as the first joint committee of both IEC and ISO, JTC 1 now comprises experts from 33 countries and has published 3181 standards in the field of Information Technology, with 544 currently under development.

Originally publishing standards in areas such as “Coded Character Sets” under sub-committee (SC) 2 and “Telecommunications and Information Exchange between Systems” under SC 6, JTC 1 has always kept pace with technology developments. JTC 1 has adopted its work program to the current technologies and technology trends and continues to focus on standards that build a foundation for the digitization of the technologies standardized across other committees of ISO and IEC.

The JTC 1 AG JETI (JTC 1 Emerging Technology and Innovation) is an important JTC 1 and is mandated to seek opportunities to facilitate JTC 1 standards development for future emerging and innovation technologies. It assesses the technology opportunities to identify the relevant standardization issues and priorities that warrant immediate action and those that should be watched for potential consideration later by JTC 1. JETI monitors the future considerations from JTC 1 SCs/WGs to perform successful execution of standards development and planning with appropriate coordination in JTC 1

In order to gain the necessary input from a brought number of experts, JETI is organizing an online-survey from June 10, 2019, to June 28, 2019. Dedicated information will be submitted in due time

Some new trends and technologies being analysed and evaluated

  • Smart Cities,
  • 3D & 4D Printing & Scanning,
  • Autonomous and Data Rich Vehicles,
  • Open Source Software,
  • Quantum Computing,
  • Digital Twin,
  • VR /AR for Education, and
  • Trustworthiness

Meta Reference Architecture and Reference Architecture for Systems Integration

To enable better cooperation with other ISO and IEC Committees, JTC 1 has identified Meta Reference Architecture and Reference Architecture for Systems Integration as key components of the work program and has established an Advisory Group on this topic. Meta Reference Architecture and Reference Architecture for Systems Integration needs to provide the highest level of abstraction for multiple horizontal business domains under a systems-of-systems view, and Meta Reference Architecture and Reference Architecture should allow business value assessments to select among potential alternative models and or scenarios. The JTC 1 Meta-Reference Architecture Advisory Group will convene a workshop on August 20-22, 2019 at École de Technologie supérieure (ETS), Montréal, Québec, Canada. The final program will also be posted as a JTC 1 document with an invitation for participation and also announced via the JTC 1 homepage on https://jtc1info.org/.

The new JTC 1 Advisory Group (AG) on Digital Twin

The Digital Twin, which combines a variety of modern technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cyber-physical systems (CPS), 3D modelling, simulation, and artificial intelligence (AI), is at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution. If the Internet of Things is a disruptive technology that is applied to all industries and services and brings radical changes in human life, the Digital Twin will integrate and interwork the real world and the virtual world based on the Internet of Things.

For this reason, the Digital Twin can be recognized as a dimension-bridging technology in which a link is established between the real world and the virtual world. This AG will analyse  industry and market status  with a focus on manufacturing, renewable energy, smart cities, farming, buildings and healthcare and will recommend  potential areas of standardization to JTC 1.

The next JTC 1 Plenary meeting will be on November 4 – 8, 2019 in New Delhi, India