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ISO and IEC develop standards for internet of media things


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The International Standards Organisation (ISO) has unveiled the first in a series of standards to support the use of the internet of media things (IoMT).

Working with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), it has developed the standards to support the effort for IoT devices providing video and audio to work together, outlining an architecture and specification for the flow of data.

The first two of the ISO/IEC 23093 series are focused APIs and the tools for use in exchanging data between applications.

ISO/IEC 23093-2 on discovery and communication APIs specifies those to discover media of things devices in a network and to facilitate communications between them and transactions.

ISO/IEC 23093-3 on media data formats and APIs contains tools to describe the data exchanged between media things, such as sensors and analysers for their APIs.

The ISO said the series will provide a framework for using the IoMT across technologies and national boundaries, enabling communications, storage, analysis, interpretation and retrieval of media big data. It should make it possible to develop large scale interoperable IoMT applications.

More to come

A further two standards are due to be published next year, covering architecture and reference software and conformance.

Teruhiko Suzuk, chair of the ISO and IEC technical committee, said there are many areas where the technology can reduce costs and improve people’s lives.

“In healthcare, for example, smart glasses that help the visually impaired to see better, or body sensors that help diabetics to better monitor their inulin levels, are just some of the many applications of this revolutionary technology,” he said.

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