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Question 4/20

Question 4/20​ - IoT applications and services including end user networks and interworking

(Continuation of part of Q11/13 and part of Question 25/16)

Developments in Internet of Things (IoT) technologies have wide impacts, especially in enhancing the end user experience by advanced networking and services, which will form part of smart user environments through the collaboration among humans and things. IoT applications and services receive more importance in the whole process of communications such as configuration of resources, provision of capabilities and management. Through the exploitation of identification, data capture, processing and communication capabilities, IoT makes full use of “things” to offer services to all kinds of applications, whilst maintaining the required privacy and security.

IoT provides context-aware information and knowledge services, which are developed by using context awareness with sensing, storing, processing and integrating situational and environmental information gathered from sensor tags and/or sensor nodes affixed to anything, even the human body. It can deliver such information and knowledge services to anyone, anywhere and at anytime. Ubiquitous Sensor Networks applications and services are emerging at the moment.

Situational and context-aware information and knowledge produced by IoT will add value and enable business opportunities to sensor-integrated applications and services such as manufacturing and industrial fields; military, health care, environmental control and utility use management, civil engineering, agriculture, transportation, and so on.

End user networks with identification schemes for various devices/sensors including RFID tags enable end users to cooperate by sharing services and resources for interactions among humans and things using awareness features to support specific IoT applications and services. This is achieved by organizing a collaboration group and sharing media via fixed/mobile access networking technologies and in an end user environment.

This Question is tasked to focus on interworking aspects between different networks and services. Also, this Question is tasked to focus on the interworking aspects related to all vertical and horizontal layers, to facilitate seamless services among heterogeneous IoT environments.

There are several work items to support IoT applications and services including end user networks and interworking. Hence, this Question should cover all the work items in a harmonized way.

Study items to be considered include, but are not limited to:

Tasks include, but are not limited to: An up-to-date status of work under this Question is found in the SG20 work programme (

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