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(ITU) Members adopt South Korea-proposed agenda on IoT

2014/11/03 18:01

By Kang Yoon-seung

BUSAN, Nov. 3 (Yonhap) -- Members of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on Monday adopted an agenda proposed by South Korea that calls for development of the Internet of Things (IoT) industry.

South Korea, the host of the 19th Plenipotentiary Conference under way in this port city, had earlier suggested that member states discuss "facilitating the Internet of Things to prepare for a globally connected world" to promote advancement in one of the most-watched sectors in the ICT (information, communication, technology) segment.

The IoT envisions connecting all tangible objects to the Internet.

Under the proposal, members will make efforts to use IoT technologies in energy, traffic, welfare, agriculture, and even in non-ICT areas, and encourage the exchange of information among related organizations.

They will also make efforts to set global technology standards in the IoT sector.

"On the back of cloud-computing or big-data technologies, all objects will soon be connected to the Internet and exchange information, leading to a hyper-connected revolution that generates opportunities for various industries," the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said.

"(The adoption of the agenda) will allow South Korea and its firms to expand their presence in setting global standards and supporting developing nations in IoT-related projects of ITU," it added.

ITU, a U.N. agency that deals with information and communications, sets new technological standards and guidelines for the ICT industry around the world. The conference runs through Friday.