ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25: Interconnection of information technology equipment

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

From 24 to 28 February 2020, JTC 1/SC 25 WG 3 “Customer Premises Cabling” held its 68th meeting, hosted by Standards Australia in Sydney. Some 30 delegates worked through an impressive agenda, the highlights of which are summarized below:

A new work item was approved on

ISO/IEC 14763-5 Information technology – Implementation and operation of customer premises cabling – Part 5 Sustainability

Focusing on environmental sustainability, it is widely recognized that IT cabling systems conforming with ISO/IEC 11801 standards are intended to provide the user with extended life expectancy. Sustainability further requires the reduction of the impacts with regard to material usage and on long-term use of the cabling infrastructure. In keeping with this, and the spirit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the ISO/IEC undertakes this new international standard.

This standard seeks to maximize the user benefits from sustainability of IT cabling systems in the building space by  addressing design, selection, packaging and transportation of components, system operation and maintenance, treatment of waste materials, and skillsets necessary for designers, installers and users. It is especially import to ensure the education of a new generation of cabling technologists across the industry.

ISO/IEC 11801 series to include single pair cabling

ISO/IEC 11801 series is currently being amended to cover “balanced single pair cabling systems” which will expand the range of use for structured cabling systems. With the capability of delivering data and power starting from 15 m reach up to 1000 m reach. These systems are ideally suited for incorporating IoT devices into premises cabling systems. Single Pair applications are increasingly important for all operators of automation networks in buildings and industrial areas. Implementing these new single pair cabling structures provides for application of device level diagnostics and security and provides for improved system scalability.

Single-pair cabling is not meant to replace traditional four-pair cabling, but support emerging applications, such as interconnecting IoT and M2M devices. When deployed in support of appropriate applications, single-pair applications provide significant economic, density, sustainability, and installation advantages. Some examples of single pair use cases include:

  • Building automation systems
  • Lighting systems
  • Elevator and escalator control systems
  • Access control systems
  • Security and fire alarm systems
  • Industrial automation, robotics and process control (IIoT)

ISO/IEC 14763-2, Information technology – implementation and operation of customer premises cabling – Part 2: Planning and installation

At the end of 2019, the 2nd edition of ISO/IEC 14763-2 has been published. This standard specifies requirements for the planning, installation and operation of telecommunications cabling and cabling infrastructures including cabling, pathways, spaces and telecommunications bonds (other than that specified in ISO/IEC 30129) in support of generic cabling standards and associated documents.

The following aspects are addressed: specification of the installation; quality assurance; installation planning; installation practice; documentation; administration; testing; inspection; operation; maintenance; repair.

The 2nd edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition:

  1. the inclusion of planning and installation practices to support remote powering over the telecommunications cabling infrastructure;
  2. the inclusion of planning and installation practices outside buildings.

Expectations and opportunities to engage with SC 7

Posted by on Apr 1, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dr Sundeep Oberoi, Chair SC 7 Software and systems engineering

ISO/IEC JTC1 SC 7 Advisory Group on Communications & Outreach (AG 3) organized a webinar focusing on finding the common ground for collaborative opportunities among the JTC 1 subcommittees on 25th March, 2020.


Agile and DevOps standardization efforts in SC7

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sundeep Oberoi, Chair SC 7: Software and systems engineering

SC7 delivers standards in the area of software and systems engineering that meet market and professional requirements.  SC7 has initiated work on Agile & DevOps standardization in multiple Working Groups and also directly under SC7. The details are as under:

SC 7 Direct

Development of two Technical Reports for defining:

  • Agile and DevOps Principles and Practices
  • Agile Readiness and Success Criteria

SC 7 WG2 – System Software Documentation

  • WG2 has an agile standard for technical communication that was updated and published in 2018. It is ISO/IEC/IEEE 26515.

SC 7 WG7 – System Life Cycle Process

  • Exploring possibility of collaborating with IEEE on Agile & DevOps as per the PSDO agreement.

SC 7 WG20 – Software and systems bodies of knowledge and professionalization

  • BOKs and Certifications Schemes can touch on Agile and DevOps.

SC 7 WG24 – SLC Profile and guidelines for VSE

  • TR 29110-5-4 Systems and software engineering — Lifecycle profiles for Very Small Entities (VSEs) — Part 5-4: Agile Software Development Guidelines
  • TR 29110-5-5 Systems and software engineering — Lifecycle profiles for Very Small Entities (VSEs) — Part 5-5: DevOps Guidelines

SC 7 WG26 – Testing

  • WG26 are working on a TR – 29119-6 Software and Systems Engineering — Software Testing — Part 6: Guidelines for the use of ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 in Agile Projects.
  • The published ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-1/-2/-3 also include coverage of agile.

SC 7 WG 42 – Architecture

  • Exploring the possibility to add Agility to the scope of 42021 – Guide to 42020 (Software, systems and enterprise — Architecture processes)

ISO/IEC JTC 1 explores emerging areas of Information Technology standardization

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Information Technology, News | 0 comments

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 an 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 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

For updated information and news by JTC 1 on these topics please visit and

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

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 modeling, 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

IT Asset Management Standards (ISO/IEC 19770) Business Case & Overview

Posted by on Apr 24, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

23 April, 2019

JTC 1/SC 7 Chair, Dr Sundeep Oberoi and SC 7/ WG 21 Convenor, Ron Brill

IT Asset Management (ITAM) encompasses the system, processes and technology used to detect, track, manage and optimize IT assets throughout all stages of their lifecycle. IT Assets are defined as any IT-related hardware, software, subscriptions or services which the organization owns, is paying for, or is otherwise utilizing directly or indirectly. This definition of an IT Asset is broad, and includes not only servers, desktops and mobile devices, but also IoT, network and storage devices, and cloud services such as Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, and Platform as a Service (SaaS/IaaS/PaaS), amongst many others. 

Effective ITAM is important for organizations of all types and sizes, for three main reasons:

  1. ITAM is an enabling competency for IT. Many key IT functions are dependent on complete and accurate ITAM information. Examples include the following (partial list):
  • Information Security: you cannot secure what you don’t know. The first task within Information Security is to understand what devices are connecting to your network, how they are configured (down to the patch-level), is the hardware and software genuine and authorized, etc. This is all ITAM information.  The dependency between Information Security and ITAM is so material that Gartner had predicted that “By 2022, 50% of ITAM initiatives will be primarily driven by information security needs and concerns
  • Configuration Management and Change Management: without knowing what IT assets exist and how they are configured (all ITAM information), the organization cannot determine whether that configuration is correct, and that no unauthorized changes are being made to it
  • Disaster Recovery: without knowing what IT assets exist, where they are, how they are configured, and what business functions are they supporting (all ITAM information), it would be difficult to reconstruct these assets (and therefore company operations) following a disaster
  • IT Financial Management: without knowing how much money the organization is spending on what IT assets, and the ability to manage future requisitions for IT assets (all ITAM information), it is difficult to budget and forecast for IT with any accuracy

2. ITAM is key for IT risk mitigation. One type of risk unique to ITAM is software license compliance. The software industry is known for software license compliance audits. Without effective ITAM it is easy even for a well-intentioned organization to over-deploy software beyond the organization’s license entitlements, thus exposing the organization to legal, financial, and repetitional risks. This is due to multiple factors including the following:

  • Complexity of ever-changing licensing rules
  • New technologies impacting licensing (e.g. virtualization, cloud, and edge computing)
  • The number of different software vendors under management (which may exceed 1,000 for a large organization)
  • Mergers & acquisitions on both the organization’s side and the software publisher’s side
  • Inherent limitations of tools available to assist in the process
  • Inability to control rogue end-user actions, to name just a few challenges

3. ITAM is key for IT cost savings: lack of complete and accurate ITAM information may lead organizations to spend a lot more on IT Assets than they need to, particularly on software which is taking an ever-increasing share of IT budgets. Examples include the following:

  • Shelf-ware: this situation occurs where the organization is paying for software (or maintenance renewal) that is not in use and isn’t needed. SaaS is actually prone to shelf-ware more than traditional on-prem software. Effective ITAM prevents shelf-ware from occurring
  • Re-harvesting: when hardware is retired, the software licenses consumed by that hardware should become available for re-deployment within the organization; however, this is only possible with effective ITAM in place
  • Architecture optimization: without effective ITAM, organizations may configure their environments in an unoptimized way from a licensing standpoint, resulting in more licenses being needed without any functional or operational benefits to the organization
  • Negotiation from a position of knowledge: without effective ITAM, organizations lack information about their needs, and are at the mercy of software publishers when negotiating software contracts

IT Asset Management is addressed in the ISO/IEC series of standards (under JTC1/SC7/WG21). There are three types of standards within that series:

  1. ITAM System – currently, this group includes one standard:
  • ISO/IEC 19770-1 – currently in its third (2017) edition, ISO/IEC 19770-1 is the primary ITAM standard. It is a Management Systems Standard (MSS) which was designed to be implemented jointly with other relevant MSSs, specifically ISO/IEC 27001 for information security. ISO/IEC 19770-1 addresses the overall management system that needs to be in place for effective ITAM. The standard also discusses 15 process areas that are expected to be managed in any ITAM system, and presents an optional tiered approach for their implementation:
    • Tier 1: Trustworthy Data
    • Tier 2: Life Cycle Integration
    • Tier 3: Optimization

2. ITAM Information Structure – this group of standards provides technical specifications for facilitating the exchange of information between software publishers, ITAM tool vendors, and end- user organizations. It does this by providing data structures/schemas for capturing, storing, detecting, and exchanging ITAM information. These standards currently include the following:

3. Overview & Vocabulary – currently this group includes one standard:

  • ISO/IEC 19770-5 Overview and Vocabulary – currently in its second (2015) edition. This is the only freely-available ITAM standard

In Summary, IT Asset Management (ITAM) is a key enabling IT competency for supporting other IT functions, mitigating risks, and saving costs. The ISO/IEC 19770 series of standards addresses ITAM from the perspective of both a management system (ISO/IEC 19770-1) and data structure for the exchange of ITAM information.