A new Sirris and Agoria Standards Cell on the Internet of Things

IoT is a matter for all industry sectors. However, its development requires companies either to acquire their own command or to entrust partners with a vast multilayer system of technologies, each stage of which is governed by a number of standards. Sirris and Agoria are there to help them in this complex environment.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of networks enabling digital entities and physical objects to be unambiguously identified by means of unified, standardised, mobile and wireless electronic identification systems.
It enables data to be continuously collected, transferred, stored and processed between physical and virtual worlds (1).

IoT is always associated with an object, equipped – at the least - with a communicative sensor and an information processing system. Based on this information and on its processing, a brand new series of services, decisions or action can be launched at individual, company, machine or even city level.

All connected objects (from gadgets to industrial equipment) are comprised of 3 features:

a) physical components (mechanical or electrical)
b) intelligent components (sensors, microprocessors, data storage, software, etc.)
c) connectivity components (ports, antennae, protocols and networks, etc.).

Their development and deployment therefore require companies either to acquire their own command or to entrust partners with a vast multilayer system of technologies, each stage of which is governed by a number of standards.

Understanding these standards, their consequences and their existing or potential impact is the sine qua non condition for the success of any IoT project. The issue is of such importance that Agoria has become a sectorial operator for the ISO/IEC JTC 1 /SC 41 "Internet of Things and related technologies" standard.

Knowledge of this standardisation ecosystem is rendered all the more important by this market's phenomenal expansion. And all sectors of industry are concerned.

Following a request from businesses in technology and with support from FPS Economy and the Belgian national standards agency (NBN), Sirris and Agoria are setting up a Standards Cell focusing precisely on IoT. The cell will provide services that are specially created to inform Belgian businesses – essentially SMEs - on existing and forthcoming standards in this specific field.
Its missions include maintaining standards watch by acquiring information, increasing awareness on the standardisation environment and advising companies in their technological choices.

Specific action will be implemented over the coming months in the form of informative seminars, publications, newsletters, etc.

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