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Internet of Things Global Standards Initiative

The Global Standards Initiative on Internet of Things (IoT-GSI) concluded its activities in July 2015 following TSAG decision to establish the new Study Group 20 on "IoT and its applications including smart cities and communities". All activities ongoing in the IoT-GSI were transferred to the SG20. For more information see SG20 webpage or contact

IoT-GSI aimed to promote a unified approach in ITU-T for development of technical standards (Recommendations) enabling the Internet of Things on a global scale. ITU-T Recommendations developed under the IoT-GSI by the various ITU-T Questions - in collaboration with other standards developing organizations (SDOs) – will enable worldwide service providers to offer the wide range of services expected by this technology. IoT-GSI also aimed to act as an umbrella for IoT standards development worldwide.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been defined in Recommendation ITU-T Y.2060 (06/2012) as a global infrastructure for the information society, enabling advanced services by interconnecting (physical and virtual) things based on existing and evolving interoperable information and communication technologies.

NOTE 1 – Through the exploitation of identification, data capture, processing and communication capabilities, the IoT makes full use of things to offer services to all kinds of applications, whilst ensuring that security and privacy requirements are fulfilled.
NOTE 2 – From a broader perspective, the IoT can be perceived as a vision with technological and societal implications.

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