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Specialist Task Force 547:
Security/Privacy and Interoperability of standardised IoT Platforms

Who we are:


Team leader:
Team Members:
  • Arthur van der Wees, Arthur’s Legal
  • Dimitra Stefanatou, Arthur’s Legal
  • Ghada Gharbi, Sensinov
  • Harm Jan Arendshorst, iLabs Technologies
  • Joachim Koss, JK Consulting & Projects
  • Jumoke Ogunbekun, Ex2 Management
  • Khalil Drira, CNRS
  • Mahdi Ben Alaya, Sensinov
  • Massimo Vanetti, Digital SME
  • Michelle Wetterwald, Netellany
  • Norman Röhner, Digital SME
  • Scott Cadzow, Cadzow Consulting

What we do

During a workshop entitled “IoT Standards Landscaping and Gap Analysis Workshop”, which the European Commission has organized in February 2017 in cooperation with the ETSI Specialist Task Force (STF) 505 on IoT, Security and Privacy as well as Semantic Interoperability and Platform Interoperability were identified as essential key elements.

The STF 547 provides a strong support to some of the European Commission policies in the domain of the Internet of Things (IoT). To some extent, the work of STF 547 can be seen as a continuation of the one of STF 505, though it takes into account a larger set of challenges.

The essential objectives of the STF 547 are to identify available standards and – as importantly - best practices in its areas of work; to build a bridge for the potential designers / implementers of IoT systems; and to support their work by providing comprehensive material for information, teaching/learning and demonstration with a very practical usage and implementation perspective.

For more details, see our Terms of Reference.

Why we do it

The key role of Cybersecurity and the growing concerns of Privacy protection, in general and in IoT, have been reinforced by developments of the European Commission that include announcement of a "Cybersecurity Package" that may lead to specific cyber-security directives, and the coming into force of in May 2018 of REGULATION (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation) on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, that replaces the ePrivacy Directive 2002/58/EC.

The European Commission intends to play an important role in support of these technical priorities and regulatory policies. There is an expectation for a framework of voluntary proposals coming from the industry for measures and actions (e.g., selection of reference standard and best practices, declaration of voluntary conformance, presumption of conformity to presume compliance with security/legislative framework).

The emergence of IoT ecosystems across Europe and beyond require a solid standardized architectural framework, offering the integration of advanced IoT technologies and fostering interoperability across IoT domains and applications, taking into account leading institutional and industry standards as well as their evolution paths.

How we do it

The STF is funded by the European Commission and integrated within the Work Programme of the SmartM2M Technical Committee (Smart M2M TC).

Apart from the task related to the STF project management, the STF works on the development of the deliverables of the STF (i.e. Technical Reports, Progress Reports and Final Delivery Workshop) within the following tasks:

  T3.1  Privacy: Standards Landscape and best practices from IoT initiatives and projects.
  T3.2  Privacy: Teaching Material
  T4.1  Security: Standards Landscape and best practices from IoT initiatives and projects
  T4.2  Security: Teaching Material
  T5     Guidelines for using semantic interoperability in the industry
  T6     Strategic / technical approach on how to achieve interoperability
             / interworking of existing standardized IoT Platforms
  T7     Plugtests™ preparation on Semantic Interoperability
  T8     Supporting the integration and coordination among the different domains in AIOTI
  T9     STF Dissemination Package, including the Delivery Workshop event


The following technical reports (TR) are developed:

D0       TR 103 591       Privacy study report; Standards Landscape and best practices
D1       TR 103 533       Security; Standards Landscape and best practices
D2-1    TR 103 534-1    Teaching material; Part 1: IoT Security
D2-2    TR 103 534-2    Teaching material; Part 2: IoT Privacy
D3       TR 103 535       Guidelines for using semantic interoperability in the industry
D4       TR 103 536       Strategic / technical approach on how to achieve interoperability /
                                      interworking of existing standardized IoT Platforms
D5       TR 103 537       Plugtests™ preparation on Semantic Interoperability

In addition to the TRs above, a Special Report (SR 003 680) is developed: 

D6       SR 003 680         Guidelines for Security, Privacy and Interoperability in IoT System Definition; A Concrete Approach

This SR is designed as a support for the dissemination of the STF results to a very large audience, beyond the technical community (addressed with the Technical Reports). It analyses a list of issues and provides guidelines and recommendations to all stakeholders involved across the whole life-cycle of IoT systems.

Time plan

The work of the STF has started on March 9th, 2018 and has finished by the end of February 2020. The main milestones of the project are listed in the table below:



Target achievement date


D0, D1 and D4 initial draft



D2-1, D2-2 and D3 initial draft



D5 initial draft



D0, D1 and D4 stable draft



D3 stable draft



Interim Report



D0, D1, D4 Final draft approved by RC



D2-1, D2-2, D5 stable draft



D3 Final draft approved by RC



D2-1, D2-2, D5 Final draft approved by RC



D6 Final draft approved by RC



Delivery Workshop event



Final Report


RC: Remote Consensus

How to contact us

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This information is based upon STF working assumptions.

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