Standards Activity

Sensors Council Standards Committee (SC-SC) is formed in 2017 with a purpose of developing standards in sensors domain.

Chair: Troy Nagle
Vice Chair: Gerard Hayes
Secretary: Chris Schober

Standards (Work-in-Progress)

Currently there are three standards in the process of development. These are:

  1. P1451-99: Harmonization of IoT Devices & Systems
  2. P2520: Standard for testing machine olfaction devices and systems
  3. P2510: Harmonization of Industrial Sensors

P1451-99: Harmonization of IoT Devices & Systems

  • Primary sponsor: Instrument and Measurement Society
  • Co-Sponsors: Sensors Council & Industrial Electronics Society
  • PAR status: Approved on 12 July 2016

Study Group

Chair: William Miller (
Vice Chair: Kang Lee
Secretary: Victor Huang  

Use Cases (led by Dr. Gopalakrishna Kuppa):

  • Building Automation – HVAC System
  • Water harnessing in Ganga river basin, treatment and distribution to Varanasi (India) Smart City

P2520: Standard for testing machine olfaction devices and systems

  • Primary sponsor: Sensors Council
  • Co-Sponsors: Industrial Electronics Society
  • PAR status: Approved on 21-Mar-2019    

Study Group
Chair: Susan Schiffman
Secretary: H. Troy Nagle
James Covington,
Krisha Persaud,
Ehsan Danesh et al.
about 20 listed members with 10 to 12 being most active.  Several members are officers of ISOCS (International Society for Olfaction and Chemical Sensing).  One of them is considered to be one of the founders of the eNose field.)

Over the last two years, this WG has initiated five new WGs focusing on standards specific odor monitoring applications. The original P2520 WG is evolving from a “standard” into a “recommended practices” document. Below are summaries of the recent activities of the five new WGs.

P2520.1™ Baseline Performance for Odour Analysis Devices and Systems: This standard is based on initial concepts developed in P2520 through late 2019 and 2020. All machine olfaction devices must first pass this standard before moving onto a more targeted standard. Due to the broad spectrum of instrument types that will adhere to the standard, the baseline performance of all instruments is to be compared at a simple level. The standard requires the instruments to measure and quantify three test chemicals. It also requires operational stability over a number of days and evaluates the performance in different environmental conditions (changes in humidity and temperature).

P2520.2.1™ Machine Olfaction Devices and Systems Used for General Outdoor Odour Monitoring: WG meetings officially kicked off in February 2021 and since then, members have focused on identifying gaseous chemicals responsible for outdoor malodour events and their relevant concentrations. A special attention has been paid to understand past and ongoing international efforts in standardizing odour measurement.

P2520.2.2™ Landfill Odour Monitoring Devices and Systems: P2520.2.2 will build upon P2520.1 and P2520.2.1. Therefore, participants interested in the new P2520.2.2 WG are meeting informally with P2520.1 and P2520.2.1. P2520.2.2 will formally kick-off and work independently once the scopes of those two foundational standards have been defined.

P2520.3.1™ Machine Olfaction Devices and Systems Used for General Indoor Odour Monitoring: The focus of this standard is devices that are designed to monitor nuisance odors in indoor environments in which volatile organic compounds (VOCs) frequently produce noxious smells and/ or impose safety risks.

P2520.4.1™ Performance of Machine Olfaction Devices and Systems for Chemical Manufacture: This WG aims to develop performance testing protocols for monitor odors from chemical manufacturing facilities (e.g., pharma, biotech, paints, solvents, chemicals). The WG gathers a multidisciplinary group of academic researchers, sensors manufacturers, and odor monitoring experts and will build upon P2520.1. The initial focus of the WG is to understanding the specific requirements for chemical manufacture odor monitoring, selecting test chemicals, and evaluating testing setups in order to produce a draft outline for the standard during 2021.

For individuals who are interested in participating in one or more of these Working Groups, please contact the WG Chairs through their respective WG websites.

P2510: Harmonization of Industrial Sensors

  • Primary Sponsor: Sensors Council
  • PAR: Approved on 15 June 2017 (it is further under modification, changing the PAR type from a Standard to a Recommended Practice.)

Study Group members
Antonio Jara,
Vanessa Lalittle

Certification program is led by Ravi Subramaniam.

We solicit your suggestions/thoughts on:

  1. Standards Gap Analysis
  2. Emerging focus areas and possible standardisation verticals

Queries, suggestions, thoughts about the Sensors Council’s Standards Program can be addressed to the SC-SC Chair Troy Nagle, Vice Chair Gerard Hayes with copy to Brooke Johnson.