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Journal of ICT Standarization- Special Issue on GISFI Standardization Activities




Editorial: Special Issue on Global ICT Standardisation Forum for India (GISFI)

Balamuralidhar P, TCS Innovation Labs, Bangalore, India

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It ismygreat pleasure to introduce this special issue focusing on the contributions from Global ICT Standardisation Forum for India (GISFI). The Global ICT Standardization Forum for India (GISFI),has been making noteworthy contributions towards Indian standardization in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as applicable to areas, such as energy, healthcare, security and green technologies. The effort of GISFI to create a synergy and coherence for the efforts from India in the world standardization process has been strengthened with the collaboration of various international standards bodies. GISFI has put special efforts to bring academia also into the standardization stream along with industry from diverse strata of the society. Further, there is afocus on strengthening the ties among leading and emerging scholars and institutions in India and the world around; to develop and cultivate a research and development agenda for the ICT field. The working groups organized in GISFI have attracted participation from academia, business, and Government/policy-making entities.

In this special issue we bring forth papers reporting the guiding thoughts and key contributions from each of the work groups authored by the leading contributors.

Major contributions are from the following work groups.

  • Spectrum Issues
  • Security and Privacy
  • Cloud and Service Oriented Networks (CSeON)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Green ICT (GICT)
  • Future Radio Networks
  • Special Interest Group

This special issue opens up with a vision paper from the founding chairman of GISFI on the potentially high impact of emerging technologies for 5G wireless communications. Interoperability, ubiquity and dynamism are identified to be the key features of 5G networks. Further the current activities and future directions for a special interest group for 5G in GISFI are outlined.

Wireless spectrum is an important national resource and it faces pressure due to the extreme user densities and diversity of technologies deployed. Efficient spectrum management is in the focus and there are two papers included on this. The first one is on Spectrum Challenges for Modern Services summarizing the deliberations of SpectrumWork group on improving spectrum utilization through spectrum sharing. In the second paper on "SpectrumTrading in India and 5G" authors discuss a comprehensive view on spectrum trading in the Indian context.

Today telecommunications has become the lifeline of human society and supporting structure to economy. Safety and Security is of paramount importance. Moreover the privacy of information exchange needs to be respected. The works of security and privacy workgroup in this space is presented in "Security and Privacy". The "National Telecom Policy 2012"has identified Cloud and Service Oriented Networks as an integral part of the convergence strategy laid out by Government of India. Understanding the infrastructure requirements and identifying gaps are of national interest. In the paper "Cloud and Service Oriented Networks (CSeON)" the authors summarize the contributions and achievements of the CSeON work group on this topic.

Imparting energy efficiency in systems through the adoption of wide-ranging spectrum of environmentally friendly technologies that power the connected information infrastructure is another area of focus. In the paper "Green Information and Communication Technology Standards Development: An Indian Perspective" the authors present the contributions and collaborative activities GICT Working Group (WG) in this space.The contribution on metrics and methods of measurement for energy efficiency of telecommunication equipments is very relevant from Indian context.

Tracking and managing carbon emission in telecommunication systems is an important activity under Green ICT. A techno-managerial perspective to estimate carbon emission in Indian Telecom networks is brought up in the paper "Carbon Emission Estimation & Reduction in Indian Telecom Operations". Further the author goes forward to propose a solution framework to address this objective. Another important disruptive influence on ICT and its applications is from the vision of "Internet of Things (IoT)". Its potential impact on different facets of human life has been widely recognized. The paper titled "Lightweight platforms for Internet of Things" presents the works of IoT workgroup in this topic. The contributions from the IoT workgroup are majorly towards identifying relevant applications from the context of India and conceptualizing a unified service platform for supporting them. In a second paper on this topic the author discusses interoperability aspects of some of the key IoT standards and presents how that study has contributed to shapeup the platform architecture in GISFI IoT WG.

I would like to thank all the authors of this special issue for their contributions. Also grateful to all the reviewers for their timely expert reviews.I am sure that the dissemination of some of the selected works of GISFI work groups through this special issue will encourage more ICT experts from academia, businesses and administration to contribute and address some of the national challenges though ICT standardisation.

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