Government Engagement Program on Standards (GEPS)
IEEE GEPS, the IEEE Government Engagement Program on Standards, is a program of the Standards Association (IEEE SA), IEEE’s standards-developing unit.
Global standards are critical instruments in innovation, trade and public policy areas. IEEE SA collaborates with members and stakeholders to advance global technologies, and interested stakeholders - including academia, civil society, governments, industry and organizations - who are actively engaged in IEEE SA’s standards development activities and processes. These are coordinated and overseen by the IEEE SA Standards Board (SASB).
IEEE GEPS’ objective is to:
Provide a platform for governments from around the world to help increase their understanding of and support for IEEE’s standards process,
Facilitate input regarding government priorities into IEEE’s standardization ecosystem.
As government's from around the world participate in GEPS, IEEE SA aims to:
Increase governments’ understanding for open and global standards, including IEEE standards;
Inform governments about IEEE SA’s key initiatives;
Gain input from government experts to the IEEE SA Standards Board and other standards-related discussions;
Engage with countries from around the world to receive global perspectives.
Joining the IEEE GEPS program is free of charge. Sign up for more information.
Appointed representatives help shape IEEE SA activities, leading to mutual benefits for government entities participating in IEEE GEPS and IEEE SA.
Other opportunities for government entities include:
First-hand, timely information from IEEE SA about its activities and plans
Inform the direction and priorities of IEEE SA
Interact and share views with technology thought leaders
Direct interaction with IEEE SA volunteer leadership, experts and staff (locally and globally)
Access to a dedicated IEEE SA staff contact for assistance with program participation
Public recognition as a program participant
How Can the Public Sector Leverage IEEE Standards?
IEEE standards are critical instruments supporting to modern infrastructure, innovation and international trade, protecting consumers, and addressing societal challenges and other public imperatives. IEEE invites policymakers to participate in the IEEE Government Engagement Program on Standards (GEPS) in order to inform the direction and priorities of IEEE SA.
The breadth of IEEE standards ranges from the physical layer communication standards that underpin the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital transformation, such as Wi-Fi™, Ethernet™, and Zigbee™, to standards covering energy infrastructure, transportation, healthcare, and nuclear safety. Some examples of how governmental bodies around the world have leveraged IEEE standards include:
Various national and sub-national governments are using the EPEAT™ program, based on the IEEE 1680™ standards for the environmental assessment of electronics, which serves as the basis for government procurement, to develop purchasing specifications in line with environmental goals. EPEAT covers over 40 countries and enables purchasers worldwide to use it as a uniform specification, thus simplifying the procurement process, and sending a consistent signal to manufacturers to create “greener” products by comparing products and making informed purchasing decisions.
The IEEE 802.15.4 standard is the basis for ZigBee Smart Energy, an application standard that enables wireless communication between energy service providers, utilities and household devices, e.g. smart thermostats and appliances. It also helps utilities and energy providers implement new advanced metering and demand response programs to drive greater energy management and efficiency, while responding to changing government requirements. In the UK, the government expects to deploy smart meters to every home by 2020, and has chosen Zigbee, as it reliably addresses the smart energy technical functionality needs and is already a proven solution that is adaptable and easy to implement on an enormous scale.
In India, the Government, along with industry stakeholders, have been working to create an ecosystem for interoperable solutions using IEEE 802.15.4u because the standard will enable the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city applications that would not be financially viable with other wireless or wired technologies.
In the European Union, the importance of wireless local area networks (often referred to as Wi-Fi®) has been recognized through WiFi4EU, an EU funded scheme (EUR 120 million for 2017-2019) supporting the installation of Wi-Fi equipment, based on IEEE 802.11™ standards, in a geographically balanced manner in the centers of community life. It is estimated that citizens and visitors in 6,000 to 8,000 European communities will be able to benefit from free Wi-Fi’s high-speed connectivity in European public spaces by 2020.
In the United States of America, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found that engaging in IEEE standardization activities on wireless communications (IEEE 802.11) and medical device communications (IEEE 11073™) helped achieve its goal of more broadly disseminating its research. IEEE standards can be an instrument for getting research findings and technology into the broader ecosystem and help build global markets.
In Denmark, the government adopted guidelines referencing the IEEE Standard 11073™ Personal Health Devices family of standards as a framework for personal connected health interoperability. This helped policymakers address eHealth system fragmentation, which hampered quality service, and the IEEE standards serve as a basis for interoperability for health device communications protocols.
"USNRC has been collaborating with IEEE, including via the IEEE GEPS program, for over four decades. Primary areas have been the Nuclear Power Engineering Committee, the Computer Society and other power and energy spaces. This collaboration is formally endorsed through Federal law under “National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995” and 10 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) 1.45. The agency continues to rely on approximately 100 standards on various levels for addressing agency mission."
Thomas Koshy, Senior Staff Engineer, USNRC