Sophia Antipolis, 7 July 2023

The new edition of the ETSI IoT Conference, IoT Technologies for Green and Digital Transformation, ended on 6 July, highlighting through use cases and demonstrations how IoT standards can be real enablers in achieving the green and digital transformation. The programme is available here and the very stimulating presentations from our 54 international speakers are available here.

The conference walked through the enabling technologies that are at the heart of the digital and green transformation and their maturity with respect to the standard offers. Semantic  interoperability, SAREF (the Smart Applications REFerence), a standard process to share and unify ontologies, multi access edge computing, cybersecurity, environmental engineering and IoT data interoperability (via oneM2M standard) are just examples of the extensive support that standards provide to IoT. AI and regulatory impacts and opportunities were also discussed in relation to the standards, in particular to Cybersecurity standards and the well-known ETSI EN 303645 as a tool to test IoT cybersecurity.

A wide set of use cases was presented, integrated by several in-site demonstrations. Use cases included energy management supporting E-Health services, security services, seaport and maritime applications, agricultural services and energy grid support. The Interconnect H2020 project presented energy management compliant with SAREF4ENER implementations in partnership with white goods manufacturers, with pilots in several European countries for services from DSF to EV charging. Multi-access Edge Computing, ETSI MEC, took the opportunity of a specific session to present a new white paper explaining how to deploy ETSI MEC and oneM2M. The relevance of open source support was also highlighted, showing how easy it could be to adopt a standard such as oneM2M via opensource implementations.

The conference also discussed the relation between European Norms and EU and national policies. In particular, the need for policies on semantic interoperability was highlighted, with the prospective of the ongoing development of an EN to support SAREF adoption.

A session pointed out the need to integrate EU SDO activities to support the European vision of IoT. Speakers reminded everyone that SMEs represent 99% of all companies in Europe and the role of standards organizations, to help them access and develop the core knowledge of technologies, was emphasised.  Digital culture and deep technology skills are essential to achieving  the green transformation.