Standardization for emerging technologies and innovations

Many industries are evolving rapidly as the digital transformation towards the fourth industrial revolution advances. The challenge to develop relevant standards will be more complicated with many more points to consider than previously.

Highly complex standards must be delivered and adopted quickly by industry while providing openness.

Additionally, more active cooperation will avoid overlapping work carried out by standards development organizations (SDOs), for instance ISO, IEC, ITU-T as well as fora and consortia, which have been developing similar standards for a number of areas, including Cloud Computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and others.

The role of JETI

During the IEC and ISO Joint Technical Committee (JTC 1) plenary in Lillehammer, Norway in 2016, it was decided to establish a Joint Advisory Group (JAG) Group on Emerging Technology and Innovation (JETI). JETI is mandated to seek opportunities to facilitate JTC 1 standards development for future emerging and innovation technologies with following terms of reference (ToR):

  • Assess the opportunities addressing evolving ICT business needs
  • Assess technology opportunities to identify the relevant standardization issues and priorities that warrant immediate action and those that JTC 1 should watch for potential consideration at a later date
  • Emphasize reaching out and incorporating input from external stakeholders, such as verticals, including financial services, healthcare or others
  • Monitor future considerations from JTC 1 subcommittees (SCs), working groups (WGs), through their business plans, dashboards, and/or other alternative information sources, in order to successfully develop standards and planning with the appropriate coordination
  • Make recommendations on actions to JTC 1
  • Review and make suggestions to revise JTC 1 planning process (SD 4) as appropriate

Which technologies is JETI considering?

Over the past year, JETI has looked at emerging technologies with a broader spectrum based on recent trend analysis from research firms such as Gartner, IDC and others. Through an internal survey to JTC 1 experts in January 2018, JETI identified 15 top priority technologies as follows:

Smart car
Autonomous systems
Connected car
Digital twin
Autonomous vehicles
Quantum computing
Virtual assistance
Smart workspace
4D printing
Cognitive computing
Augmented data discovery
Brain-computer interface
Neuromorphic hardware

What is in the pipeline?

For the top 15 priority technologies identified by JETI, we are now developing the Technology Trend Report (TTR) in specific areas that we believe need in-depth analysis. We identified the following four:

Digital twin
Autonomous vehicles
Quantum computing
Brain-computer interface

Open source or open source software is another important issue when considering faster market penetration and proliferation of standards. Open source could offer faster adoption and flexibility than standards, and itself is becoming a standard. For this reason, JTC 1 will treat open source software and how it will cooperate with the open source community as well. JETI is also preparing a strategic plan for open source software assessment which will cover how JTC 1 will treat open source software and how it will cooperate with the open source community.

Who and how can people get involved with JETI?

JETI is open to all JTC 1 experts, including SC Chair(s) and WG/SG Convenor(s), who are interested in future emerging and innovative technologies.

Apply to be a JETI member through your national body office.

For more information, contact: