The IEEE has just launched a new IoT development development project, IEEE P2413, to develop a standard architectural framework for the Internet of Things (IoT).
The IEEE standards association has authorized both IEEE P2413’s Project Authorization Request (PAR) and the inaugural meeting of the project’s WG, allowing development efforts to begin. The first meeting of the IEEE P2413 Working Group (WG) will take place July 10 – 11, 2014, in Munich, Germany.
According to Oleg Logvinov, chair, IEEE P2413 WG; and director, special assignments, Industrial and Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics, upon completion, the standard will provide a robust architectural framework for the IoT, reducing market fragmentation, improving interoperability, and serving as a catalyst for continued IoT growth and advancement.
“This is one of those rare watershed moments, where the world gets to witness the dawn of a new age of technology innovation. The growing intersection of smart technologies and high-speed communications will produce profound, positive changes in nearly every aspect of our daily lives,” he said.
“Smart cities, homes, and workplaces; e-health; resilient, self-healing power grids; digital factories; cleaner transportation; immersive entertainment – these are just a few areas of economic opportunity that would benefit from the increased interoperability and portability that a standardized IoT architecture brings.”
The aim of the architectural framework for IoT is to provide a reference model that defines relationships among various IoT verticals (e.g., transportation, healthcare, etc.) and common architecture elements. It will aslo provide a blueprint for data abstraction and the quality “quadruple” trust that includes protection, security, privacy, and safety.
In addition, he said, the standard will provide a reference architecture that defines basic architectural building blocks and their ability to be integrated into multi-tiered systems. The reference architecture will also addresse how to document and mitigate architecture divergence.
The aim, said Logvinov, is to produce an IoT architectural framework and reference model, facilitating a unified approach to constructing critical IoT systems and infrastructures. Additionally, addressing key issues in security, privacy, and safety will be an important part of the group’s work.
“As the IoT moves into its next stage of evolution, it will require a data abstraction blueprint and a set of basic building blocks that can be easily integrated into multi-tiered systems,” he said. “By providing these common elements, IEEE P2413 will help minimize industry and vertical market fragmentation, ease implementation of cross-domain applications, and ensure the IoT achieves critical mass on a global scale.