The Internet of Things (IoT) has been defined in Recommendation ITU-T Y.2060 (06/2012) as a global infrastructure for the information society, enabling advanced services by interconnecting physical and virtual things based on existing and evolving interoperable information and communication technologies.

The IoT will enable forms of collaboration and communication between people and objects, and between objects themselves, hitherto unknown and unimagined.

The success of the IoT depends strongly on the existence and smooth and effective operation of global standards.