ETSI Launches ISG CIM
January 11, 2017
has created a new Industry Specification Group on cross-sector Context
Information Management (ISG CIM) for smart cities applications and
The first meeting of the ISG CIM is planned to take place at the ETSI
premises in Sophia Antipolis, France, on 9-10 February 2017.
Data without context are meaningless. Every sensor measurement, every
entry in a database, every tweet sent and every webcam video watched has
its own context. The context seems obvious to humans: the temperature
sensor is attached to an air-conditioner in the house, the database of
vehicle registration numbers is used by a policeman in the city, the
tweet comes from a person who has just witnessed something interesting
and the webcam shows a particular city street with its name embedded in
the video frames.
Taken away from its context, each piece of information is nearly
useless. And software programs/agents searching for useful information
may only find it if the context is available i.e. published with the
data. A Context Information Management (CIM) system acts as a
clearing-house for publishing, discovering, monitoring and maintaining
data according to relevant contexts for smart applications.
the rapid development of technologies such as Big Data, semantic web,
complex workflow or autonomous decision making, the need for
interoperable context information is becoming huge”, says Lindsay Frost,
convenor of ETSI ISG CIM “The ISG CIM will specify protocols running ‘on
top’ of IoT platforms and allowing exchange of data together with its
context, this includes what is described by the data, what was measured,
when, where, by what, the time of validity, ownership, and others. That
will dramatically extend the interoperability of applications, helping
smart cities to integrate their existing services and enable new
ISG CIM will focus on developing specifications for a common context
information management API, data publication platforms and standard data
models. The group will work closely with the ETSI SmartM2M technical
committee and with oneM2M, the global standards initiative for M2M and
the IoT (Internet of Things) of which ETSI is a founding member, since
the IoT is one of the sources of context data for smart applications.
Participation in the cross-sector Context Information Management
Industry Specification Group is open to all ETSI members as well as
organizations who are not members, subject to signing ISG Agreements.