ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 7 Sensor Networks (WGSN) is a standardization working group of the joint technical committee ISO/IEC JTC 1 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which develops and facilitates standards within the field of sensor networks. The international secretariat of ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 7 is the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS), located in the Republic of Korea.[1]


ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 7 was established in October 2009 via Resolution 34 of the 24th JTC 1 Plenary in Tel Aviv. The group was established with the intention of creating an ISO/IEC JTC 1 working group that would develop and facilitate the development of international standards for sensor networks.[2][3] The working group is the successor of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SGSN, Study Group on Sensor Networks, which was established in 2007, at the 22nd JTC 1 Plenary. All standardization activities and members of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SGSN were transferred to ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 7 after its establishment.[4]

Terms of reference

The terms of reference for ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 7 are:[3][5][6]

  • In the area of generic solutions for sensor networks, undertake standardization activities that support and can be applied to the technical work of all relevant JTC 1 entities and to other standards organizations. This includes activities in sensor networks such as the following:”
    • Standardization of terminology
    • Development of a taxonomy
    • Standardization of reference architectures
    • Development of guidelines for interoperability
    • Standardization of specific aspects of sensor networks
  • In the area of application – oriented sensor networks, identify gaps and commonalities that may impact standardization activities within the scope of JTC 1. Further, share this information with relevant entities within and outside of JTC 1. Unless better pursued within another JTC 1 entity, the following standardization activities may be pursued as projects by this Working Group:
    • Addressing the technology gaps within the scope of JTC 1 entities
    • Exploiting technology opportunities where it is desirable to provide common approaches to the use of sensor networks across application domains
    • Addressing emerging areas related to M2M and IoT
  • In order to foster communication and sharing of information between groups working in the field of sensor networks:
    • Seek liaison relationships with all relevant SCs/WGs
    • Seek liaison relationships with other organizations outside JTC 1
    • Consider the possibility of conducting joint products with relevant ITU-T SGs
    • Seek input from relevant research projects and consortia


ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 7 works in close collaboration with a number of other organizations or subcommittees, both internal and external to ISO or IEC, in order to avoid conflicting or duplicative work. Organizations internal to ISO or IEC that collaborate with or are in liaison to ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 7 include:[4][6]

Some organizations external to ISO or IEC that collaborate with or are in liaison to ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 7 include:

Member countries

The 9 members of ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 7 are: Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway, United Kingdom, and United States.[4]


ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 7 currently has a number of standards published or under development within the field of sensor networks, including:[5][6][7][8][9]

ISO/IEC Standard Title Status Description
ISO/IEC 29182-1Information technology – Sensor networks: Sensor Network Reference Architecture (SNRA) – Part 1: General overview and requirementsPublished (2013)Provides a general overview of the characteristics of a sensor network and the organization of the entities that comprise such a network[10]
ISO/IEC 29182-2Information technology – Sensor networks: Sensor Network Reference Architecture (SNRA) – Part 2: Vocabulary and terminologyPublished (2013)Facilitates the development of International Standards in sensor networks by presenting terms and definitions for selected concepts relevant to the field of sensor networks[11]
ISO/IEC 29182-3Information Technology – Sensor Networks: Sensor Network Reference Architecture (SNRA) – Part 3: Reference architecture viewsPublished (2014)“Architecture views including business, operational, systems, and technical views which are presented in functional, logical, and/or physical where applicable”[6]
ISO/IEC 29182-4Information technology – Sensor networks: Sensor Network Reference Architecture (SNRA) – Part 4: Entity modelsPublished (2013)Presents models for the entities that enable sensor network applications and services according to the SNRA[12]
ISO/IEC 29182-5Information technology – Sensor networks: Sensor Network Reference Architecture (SNRA) – Part 5: Interface definitionsPublished (2013)Provides the definitions and requirements of sensor network interfaces of the entities in the SNRA that covers the following aspects:[13]
  • Interfaces between functional layers to provide service access for the modules in the upper layer to exchange messages with modules in the lower layer
  • Interfaces between entities introduced in the SNRA enabling sensor network services and applications
ISO/IEC 29182-6Information Technology – Sensor Networks: Sensor Network Reference Architecture (SNRA) – Part 6: Application ProfilesPublished (2014)Describes:[6]
  • Functional blocks and components of a generic sensor network
  • Generic sensor network reference architecture incorporating the relevant sensor network-related base standards to support interoperability and data interchange
ISO/IEC 29182-7Information Technology – Sensor Networks: Sensor Network Reference Architecture (SNRA) – Part 7: Interoperability guidelinesPublished (2015)Provides:[6]
  • An overview of interoperability for heterogeneous sensor networks
  • Guidelines for interoperability between heterogeneous sensor networks
ISO/IEC 20005Information technology – Sensor networks – Services and interfaces supporting collaborative information processing in intelligent sensor networksPublished (2013)Specifies services and interfaces supporting collaborative information processing (CIP) in intelligent sensor networks, which includes:[14]
  • CIP functionalities and CIP functional model
  • Common services supporting CIP
  • Common service interfaces to CIP
ISO/IEC 30101Information technology – Sensor Networks: Sensor Network and its interfaces for smart grid systemPublished (2014)Describes:[6]
  • Interfaces between the sensor networks and other networks
  • Sensor network architecture to support smart grid systems
  • Interface between sensor networks with smart grid systems
  • Sensor network based emerging applications and services to support smart grid systems
ISO/IEC 30128Information technology – Sensor Networks – Generic Sensor Network Application InterfacePublished (2014)Describes:[5]
  • Generic sensor network applications’ operational requirements
  • Sensor network capabilities
  • Mandatory and optional interfaces between the application layers of service providers and sensor network gateways

See also


  1. ANEC; ILNAS (March 2014). "Standards Analysis" (PDF). 3. p. 82-83.
  2. INCITS (2013-10-17). "Rapid Progress on Standards for Sensor Networks". Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  3. ISO/IEC JTC 1 (2009-10-22). "Approved Resolutions Adopted at the 24th Meeting of ISO/IEC JTC 1, 18‐22 October 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel" (PDF): 9. Retrieved 2013-11-22. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. Lee, Jooran (2010-02-04). "Standardization Activities for Sensor Networks" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-21. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. Moayeri, Nader (2013-03-08). "An Overview of ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 7: Information Technology – Sensor Networks". Berlin, Germany. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. Kim, Yongjin; Lee, Jooran (2012-09-27). JTC 1/WG 7 Business Plan for September 2012 – August 2013 (PDF) (Business Plan). Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  7. Kim, Yongjin; Lee, Jooran (2012-10-16). "ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 7" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-21. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ISO. "Standards Catalogue". Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  9. INCITS SN 1 – Sensor Networks (2013-10-18). SN1 Program of Work (PDF) (Report). Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  10. ISO (2013-05-27). "ISO/IEC 29182-1:2013" (1 ed.). Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  11. ISO (2013-05-27). "ISO/IEC 29182-2:2013" (1 ed.). Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  12. ISO (2013-07-23). "ISO/IEC 29182-4:2013" (1 ed.). Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  13. ISO (2013-07-29). "ISO/IEC 29182-5:2013" (1 ed.). Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  14. ISO (2013-07-03). "ISO/IEC 20005:2013" (1 ed.). Retrieved 2013-11-21.
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