Setting ICT Standardisation priorities for the year: The Rolling Plan for ICT Standardisation 2019

The European Commission (EC) has released the latest edition of the annual Rolling Plan for ICT Standardisation, which identifies areas in which ICT Standardisation can support objectives set by EU policies in four broader thematic areas: key enablers and security, societal challenges, innovation for the digital single market, and sustainable growth.

The Rolling Plan is developed by the European commission and the Multi Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation (MSP). In addition to representatives from EU and EFTA member states, the MSP is comprised of European and international standard developing organisations (eg CEN/CENELEC, ETSI, ISO, IEC), stakeholder organisations (eg AGE, ETUC, ANEC) and business associations, among which Small Business Standards is an actively participating member.

In total, the rolling plan puts forward 170 actions across the four thematic areas, with the new domains Artificial Intelligence, European Global Navigation Satellite System (EGNSS), Water Management Digitisation and Single European Sky. In addition, the Commission has identified 5 priority domains, for which ICT Standardisation is most urgent. These are 5G, cloud, cybersecurity, big data and the internet of things (IoT), all of which notably are grouped under the key enablers and security thematic area.