IOT Operations

Document Proposed charter IOT Operations WG (iotops)
Title IOT Operations
Last updated 2021-01-22
State External Review (Message to Community, Selected by Secretariat) Initial chartering
WG State Proposed
IESG Responsible AD Warren Kumari
Charter Edit AD Warren Kumari
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The IOTOPS Working Group is chartered for the discussion of operational
issues related to Internet of Things (IoT) devices, in particular related to
device onboarding and lifecycle management.

IoT has a rather nebulous definition with different meanings for different

For the purposes of this WG, its focus is on devices that

  - are networked, either to the Internet or within limited administrative

  - have a very limited end user interface or no end-user interface at all

  - are deployed in sufficiently large numbers that they cannot easily be
  managed or maintained manually

The IETF works on a number of technologies related to IoT. This includes, but
is not limited to work done in ACE, ANIMA, CBOR, CORE, DRIP, LAKE, LPWAN, LWIG,
ROLL, SUIT, TEEP, 6LO, 6TISCH, and other working groups. IOTOPS is intended to
be a discussion venue where people can discuss how various IoT-related
technologies fit together.

IOTOPS provides a venue for IoT experts and other interested parties to engage
in discussions of operational IoT requirements, as well as proposals for new
uses of IP technology related to IoT device and network operations.

Revision, updates, and extensions to work from existing WGs will be done in
those WGs.  Where new protocols may be needed, IOTOPS will help identify
candidate venues within IETF for their development.

IOTOPS WG charter is restricted to:

1) Taking input and discussing issues related to the operational management of
IoT devices. This includes (but is not limited to):
  - factory provisioning of devices
  - onboarding of devices
  - access control of devices to network resources
  - administrative control of devices
  - software/firmware upgrades
  - isolation/quarantine of devices
  - remediation of broken devices
  - end of life management of devices

2) Discussing issues related to IoT operational security.

3) Publishing operational practice.

4) Documenting requirements.

Proposed milestones

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