There's another fast track process going on in ISO - that seem to be unfit for a process that should apply only for a well defined, rock solid standards. But, is it really worth fast-tracking?
This time it is ISO IEC DIS 14908 - Open Data Communication in Building Automation, Controls and Building Management — Control Network Protocol. It is used for "intelligent" devices in buildings, and the standard is being pushed trough fast-track. However, there are (at least) three reasons why it should go trough standard procedure instead of fast-track:
1. there are already open standards that cover this area;
2. the proposal is vague and open for interpretations; not a straight, solid specification;
3. There are patents inside, so this standard can not be called an open standard. (some patents expire soon)
What is the point in forcing a fast-track process of proposal that seem not to give anything new to the field, is patent-encumbered, and seem to be not well written?