UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


UCL STEaPP representatives discussed next steps for IoT Standards at the BSI Standards Conference

30 April 2019

A team of four UCL STEaPP MPA candidates - Jenni O’Brien, Elizabeth Down, Clementine Blanchier and Isabella Manghi – were involved in outlining the next stages of SME IoT Standards at the BSI Standards Conference at Park Plaza on 25th April 2019

Image of Kruakae Pothong, Jenni O’Brien, Elizabeth Down, Clementine Blanchier and Isabella Manghi

Following the release of a new IoT Standards White Paper by BSI and PETRAS - Navigating and informing the IoT standards landscape: A guide for SMEs and Start-ups - the students will engage in an exciting new project. The White Paper is available for download here

The project will build on the findings of the paper, deepening the understanding of IoT SMEs’ needs and the role that standards can play in supporting them. The project is a collaboration between UCL STEaPPPETRAS and BSI– the national standards body in the UK – and is an excellent example of co-produced and applied research-led education at UCL and in the newly launched MPA in Digital Technologies and Policy at STEaPP.  Dr Pothong, who led the student team at the BSI Standards Conference on 25thApril 2019, noted:

“It was a pleasure to support the BSI-UCL research project, building on the IoT SME Standards White Paper. I am very pleased to see that both the White Paper and our continued research to be carried out by our MPA students are very well received. Our students have done a great job, engaging participants, particularly the attending IoT SMEs and Start-ups, in jointly-shaping their research focus regarding IoT SMEs standards. Our successful sessions and collaboration with BSI demonstrate STEaPP’s commitment to current research problems at the intersection of digital technologies and public policy, practical solutions and an exemplar of research led education.”

The BSI-PETRAS White Paper details the key challenges for SMEs and start-ups developing IoT products and services as well as relevant priority areas for standardisation. Authors of the paper are Dr Irina Brass (Lecturer in Regulation, Innovation and Public Policy at UCL STEaPP and Chair of the BSI IoT-1 Technical Committee), Dr Kruakae Pothong (Research Fellow, PETRAS IoT Research Hub at UCL STEaPP) and Dr Maryam Hasham (Market Insights Analyst at BSI). 

The work on standards for IoT SMEs and Start-ups is on-going and expressions of interests from SMEs and start-ups,as well as consumers, to contribute to or participate in the on-going research, are always welcome. 

Expressions of interests and requests for further information relating to the White Paper can be directed tosophie.erskine@bsigroup.com or i.brass@ucl.ac.uk

To participate and contribute to the BSI-UCL student-led research in this area, please contact Elizabeth Down at Elizabeth.down.18@ucl.ac.uk