Here are some examples of the newest innovative and interoperable ICT solutions under the responsibility of the ISO/IEC JTC 1 and a few of its subcommittees and working groups.







Smart cards

17In today’s world, all of us probably use a credit card-sized plastic card for one reason or another almost daily. Among these are credit cards, debit cards or automatic teller machine (ATM) cards, in mass transit, for identification, cards to access buildings or specific rooms.

ISO/IEC JTC 1 subcommittee SC 17, Cards and personal identification, is developing of a large portfolio of card standards that support interoperability and data interchange.

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Bar codes and RFID

11Many people’s daily lives are touched by automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technologies. AIDC technologies, such as bar coding and radio frequency identification (RFID), provide quick, accurate and cost-effective ways to identify, track, acquire and manage data and information about items, people, transactions and resources.

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 31, Automatic identification and data capture techniques, is responsible for more than 100 published or in progress standards for this area.

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Information security

16Information security is rapidly becoming an essential tool for organizations to fight against the growing problems of cybersecurity attacks, online fraud, information and identity theft.

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27, information technology (IT) security techniques helps provide organization with solutions to minimize their risks and to maximize their business opportunities and maintain a competitive edge, manage cash flow, achieve profitability, meet legal compliance and convey a commercial image.

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12Biometrics provide for secure transactions, positive identification and better informed human judgment. The deployment of standards-based, high-performance, interoperable biometric solutions is expected to increase levels of security for critical infrastructures that have not, until now, been properly served by other technologies.

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 37, Biometrics, is developing a large portfolio of biometric standards that support a diverse range of systems and that provide for the reliable verification and identification of individuals.

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home_cinema.large3ISO/IEC has developed audio and video digital compression standards such as MP3, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 that have helped launch the multi-million dollar MP3, set top box, DVD and mobile communication industries used by millions of people worldwide on a daily basis.

The ISO/IEC, MPEG group and the ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group developed award winning standards.

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Cloud computing

9Cloud computing is recognized by governments and private sector organizations as a high-priority, game-changing technology. Cloud computing is the delivery of computing resources as a service rather than a product. This means that shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet).

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38, Distributed application platforms and services (DAPS), is developing standards to support Web services and service oriented architecture (SOA) for cloud computing.

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