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Specialist Task Force 601:
Cross-domain usability of IoT devices for humans and machines

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What we do

The purpose of the STF 601 is to cover a missing key link of the IoT eco-system chain: standardization of usability of the data and services that the IoT devices and platforms deliver.
The work will identify use cases where the IoT data and services require usability specifications. The data that IoT devices and platforms provide should be easily accessed, understood and acted upon by a large non-technical public in the case of humans (e.g. medical teams and their patients in the medical sector, mechanics in the automotive sector, first responders in the emergency sector, etc.) and by machines and processes when the data are fed to the AI components of a system (e.g. machine learning).
This also means that the IoT technologies, devices and platforms themselves can be trustily used according to their initial objectives (e.g. easy installation, configuration, operation and maintenance).
Based on these use cases, requirements and guidelines will be derived towards a horizontal cross-domain standard, with the specification of minimum requirements for usability of professional and general public IoT services, whether they are critical or not.

For more details, see our Terms of Reference


Why we do it

Usability of the data and services that the IoT devices and platforms deliver is a key issue not yet addressed (results of STF 505 TR 103 376 and AIOTI Gaps report Release 2 published in Jan 2020)
In addition to user experience (ergonomics) or the accessibility of the ICT equipment, the usability topic should also be considered from a data and service point of view, i.e. usability of the data and services that the IoT devices and platforms deliver
This work complements the other AI TC SmartM2M activities, including both the consideration of the use of AI in IoT systems for semantic interoperability and for the development process of ontologies themselves - in particular the SAREF family of ontologies -, as well as the addressing of opportunities for improving AI systems performance through the use of oneM2M  
Standardizing the usability of data and services from IoT devices and platforms will have a strong impact on big data and AI technologies. Usability can be considered as a consumer and an enabler of AI:
  • Making use of AI for knowledge presentation and management (organization and visualization) for both machines and humans
  • Improving configuration and management tasks at IoT devices and platforms increases the reliability of the data used by AI

How we do it

The work of the STF has been split into three main tasks. It is performed under the guidance of ETSI TC SmartM2M. Other WGs may provide support to the activities where additional feedback is needed, e.g. oneM2M RDM, AIOTI WG03, ETSI TC HF, TC SmartBAN, EP eHEALTH, ISG E4P, 3GPP SA1, SC USER, ISG ENI, TC CYBER, TC ITS and TC ATTM.

Task 1 – Project Management and coordination with other organizations (leader: Michelle Wetterwald)
Objectives: Provide appropriate development of the work in term of quality and timely delivery to ETSI TC SmartM2M.
Another objective of this task is to ensure that the STF fluently interacts with relevant actors (especially oneM2M) in order to ensure that the work is well coordinated and synchronised.

Task 2 - Use cases related to usability of IoT devices and their impacts for humans (leader: Jumoke Olumide)
Objectives: Use the base documentation described in section 4.1 of the ToR to:
  • identify, select and describe use cases where the IoT data and services require usability specifications for human (mainly) non-technical users (for example medical teams and their patients in the medical sector, mechanics in the automotive sector, first responders in the emergency sector, etc.)
  • identify, select and describe use cases where the IoT data and services require usability specifications for machines consuming data for AI (for example machine learning). Enabling usability with AI approach will also be considered.
  • analyse the impact of these use cases from the usability point of view.

Task 3 - Specification of cross-domain usability of IoT devices (leader: Mauro Dragoni)
Objectives: Progress from the results of Task 2 to:
  • define minimum requirements for usability of IoT data and services, whether they are critical or not.
  • develop a horizontal cross-domain specification

Deliverables

The STF will produce the following deliverables:
  • TR 103 778: SmartM2M; Use cases for cross-domain usability of IoT devices (Rapporteur: Jumoke Olumide)
  • TS 103 779: SmartM2M; Requirements and Guidelines for cross-domain usability of IoT devices (Rapporteur: Bob Flynn)

Time plan

Work Item DTR/SmartM2M-103778 (TR 103 778):
  • Early draft                            2021-04-15
  • Stable draft                          2021-07-30
  • Final draft for approval        2021-09-27
  • TB approval                         2021-10-29
  • Publication                           2021-12-10

Work Item DTS/SmartM2M-103779 (TS 103 779)
  • Early draft                            2021-11-01
  • Stable draft                          2022-01-31
  • Final draft for approval        2022-02-15
  • TB approval                         2022-04-29
  • Publication                           2022-06-10

How to contact us

For further details, or if you wish to be involved in the work of the STF, please contact the STF Leader by email: michelle.wetterwald@netellany.fr.

This information is based upon STF working assumptions.

The views expressed do not necessarily represent the position of ETSI in this context.