To celebrate the inclusive development and implementation of standards, this year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) will focus on “Bridging the standardization gap.”
“As industries and technologies converge and new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G emerge, we see increasing need for common technical standards,” said Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, ITU.
“I applaud the many thousands of experts who contribute to ITU standards work, day in, day out. These men and women are at the heart of today’s digital transformation,” added Zhao.
International standards provide the technical foundations of global markets. They create efficiencies enjoyed by all market players, efficiencies and economies of scale that ultimately result in lower costs to producers and lower prices to consumers.
The development and approval of ITU standards by consensus among private and public entities helps to ensure the buy-in of all stakeholders, increasing the likelihood that these standards will be implemented worldwide.
International standards are making an important contribution to the pursuit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from smart energy, intelligent transport, smart agriculture, e-health, digital financial inclusion to smart cities.
ITU and WHO are also working in collaboration to ensure that artificial intelligence fulfils its potential to strengthen health services and systems for universal health coverage. ITU mobile communication and next-generation authentication standards enable trusted digital financial services.
Smart cities rely on technologies such as 5G and the Internet of Things to enhance energy efficiency and waste management, improve housing and health care, optimize traffic flow and safety, detect air quality, alert police of crimes occurring on the streets and improve water and sanitation systems.