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Question 12/11

Question 12/11 – Internet of things test specifications
(Continuation of Question 12/11)


In a broad perspective, the Internet of things (IoT) can be perceived as a vision with technological and societal implications. From the perspective of technical standardization, IoT can be viewed 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. 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 maintaining the required privacy. The concepts of u1-society, u-network, u-city and others have been formulated in support of the worldwide perspective for IoT applications, services and technologies which may be enabled by radio frequency identification (RFID), ubiquitous sensor network (USN), machine-oriented communication (MOC), machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and smart device communication (SDC), where RFID has been taken into account by ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 31, sensor network technologies by ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 7, USN by ITU‑T SG 11, SG 13, SG 16 and SG 17, MOC by ITU‑T SG 13, M2M by ITU‑T and ETSI and SDC by TIA.

NOTE 1 – "u" stands for "ubiquitous" which has been interpreted as a capability for any services at anytime and anywhere through any devices.
All these keywords have some similar use cases and imply some identical functions but consider some different technology views. The IoT may be seen as an umbrella for all these technology keywords.
Since the IoT has such broad concept and may be associated with various enabling technologies, interoperability issues shall be considered.
Study items to be considered include, but are not limited to:
  • What is the architecture of the model network for testing IoT?
  • What types of IoT could be tested on the model network?
  • What types of tests are needed for IoT network components?
  • What are the testing scenarios for IoT tests on the model network?


Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • determination of the architecture for the model network part for testing IoT network components;
  • determination of the IoT network component types for testing on the model network;
  • determination of the types of tests for IoT for testing on the model network;
  • development of the methodology for testing IoT on the model network;
  • development of  the methodology for security testing and test specification related to security testing of IOT on the model network.

An up-to-date status of work under this Question is contained in the SG 11 work programme



  • Q, Y, H, I, M and F-series


  • 1/11, 2/11, 3/11, 4/11, 7/11 and 10/11

Study groups

  • ITU‑T SG 13 on NGN architecture
  • ITU‑T SG 16 on multimedia services and applications
  • ITU‑T SG 2 and SG 17 on identification systems

Standardization bodies

  • Other regional and national SDOs