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New INCITS Group to Focus on Standards for "Internet of Things"

WASHINGTON, D.C…. With the ever-increasing interconnectedness of electronics and digital
devices, the U.S. tech sector is engaged in setting common standards to drive interoperability
and connectivity for the Internet of Things.

The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) will serve as the
central U.S. technical advisory group for a global effort, and will hold its first meeting later this
month, in advance of the global discussions that start on March 6 in Berlin.

“As the Internet links more things in our lives – from smartphones to cars to refrigerators to
sensors – the potential benefit for people’s lifestyles and business productivity is significant. But
with the benefits come responsibilities on security and governance that common global
standards can address,” said Philip Wennblom, Chairman of the INCITS Executive Board.

The INCITS study group will select the U.S. delegates for the Berlin ISO/IEC JTC 1 meetings
and develop the U.S. positions for the talks. The group will focus on several key areas including
work to:
• Identify market requirements and standardization gaps for the Internet of Things (IoT);
• Facilitate cooperation across economic sectors; and,
• Promote common U.S. and global standards for IoT and encourage them to be
recognized and utilized by industry, government, and other standards-setting

The INCITS IoT meeting will be held at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) in
Washington, D.C., on February 27, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. ET. Stakeholders wishing to participate
in this effort should contact Barbara Bennett (


The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) is the forum of
choice for information technology developers, producers and users for the creation and
maintenance of formal IT standards. INCITS is accredited by, and operates under rules
approved by, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). INCITS is sponsored by the
Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a global advocacy and policy organization that
represents the world’s leading innovation companies.