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Question 5/20

Study of emerging digital technologies, terminology and definitions​

(Continuation of Question 5/20)

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to change the lifestyle of the people and the way they interact with the surroundings, especially in smart cities and communities (SC&C). In this regard, it is important to explore the emerging technologies and trends that will contribute to that change. It is expected that IoT will have a significant impact on key infrastructural elements pertaining to cities, including the transportation, health and energy sectors, quality of life (QoL) and environment, as well as on society and the economy as a whole. Due to its ubiquitous nature, the IoT is in direct interaction with all application domains and all countries, with a direct impact on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

To facilitate discussions and to have a common background of relevant issues, the terminologies relating to IoT and SC&C need to be coordinated and unified. It would also be appropriate to identify, research, and analyse emerging digital technologies that are relevant for IoT and/or SC&C standardization. This Question intends to serve as a bridge with the research community and where appropriate to facilitate and accelerate transfer of emerging technologies to standardization. This Question will focus on topics that are not yet addressed by the other Questions.

This Question is tasked to capture and develop definitions, to contribute to a common terminology for IoT and SC&C. This Question can also contribute to research solutions for interoperability across different technologies, taking into account both end-user, regulatory and market needs. Considering the rapid evolution of the IoT domain, this Question can also contribute to the identification and discussion of relevant research and technological developments in this area, to bring the most relevant topics to the attention of the ITU-T Study Group 20 (SG20) and/or to the corresponding Questions. Considering the fast evolution of IoT technologies and shorter time to market, this question is expected to serve as a facilitator with the research and innovation community in order to identify emerging technologies requiring standardization for the global market and the industry.

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 contained in the SG20 work programme ( 

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