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 Thursday, March 14, 2013

ITU has approved an action plan to drive its Conformance and Interoperability (C&I) Programme and has revamped the Joint Coordination Activity which marshals C&I work undertaken across ITU’s various expert groups.

Conformance with international standards is one of the core principles underlying the global interoperability of ICT networks and devices. The C&I Programme was initiated at the request of ITU’s membership in light of the challenges faced by developing countries in improving interoperability and battling counterfeit goods.

ITU-T Study Group 11 – Protocols and test specifications – was charged with coordinating the C&I Programme by last November’s World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) in Dubai.

Meeting at ITU headquarters in Geneva, 25 February to 1 March 2013, SG11 approved a C&I action plan in line with WTSA-12’s revision of Resolution 76 on “Studies related to conformance and interoperability testing, assistance to developing countries, and a possible future ITU Mark programme”.

The SG11 meeting also saw substantial progress made in ITU’s collaboration with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and advanced the group’s ongoing work on software-defined networking (SDN). Read news on these achievements here.

The Joint Coordination Activity on C&I testing (JCA-CIT), which now falls under the leadership of SG11, will support the coordination of the ITU’s C&I activities while also acting as the first point of contact for organizations interested in contributing to this work. SG11 has revised JCA-CIT’s governing Terms of Reference and has appointed a new Convener in Mr. Martin Brand from Telekom Austria, an active SG11 member over the previous study period and appointed an SG11 Vice-chairman by WTSA-12. The next meeting of JCA-CIT will be held electronically, 25 April 2013, and detailed participation instructions will be provided on the JCA-CIT homepage.

Delivering on a central objective of the C&I program, SG11’s meeting reached first-stage approval (consent) of five new testing suites to become international standards (ITU-T Recommendations).

The meeting also hosted a presentation delivered by the Executive Secretary and Chairman of IECEE, the Worldwide System for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrotechnical Equipment and Components. IECEE presented on its conformance assessment scheme and encouraged ITU to make full use of this platform in carrying out the C&I Programme.

In addition, SG11 produced an initial list of key technologies within its mandate which the group considers suitable for C&I testing. This will remain a living list and it forms input to the first pillar of the four-pillar C&I Programme which delineates C&I work into four separate but interdependent categories:

1) conformance assessment;

2) interoperability events;

3) human resource and capacity building; and

4) assistance in the establishment of test facilities in developing countries.

 

More information on ITU’s C&I Programme is available here

More information on ITU-T Study Group 11 is available here

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:22:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 23, 2009

Meeting of JCA-NID - Joint Coordination Activity on Network Aspects of Identification Systems (including RFID)

Geneva, 26-27 October 2009

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See Meeting Announcement for more information.

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Friday, October 23, 2009 9:09:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The website for a new group to coordinate standardization activities on accessibility and human factors issues has gone live. The joint coordination activity on accessibility and human factors (JCA-AHF) is open to experts working in the field to improve access to the information society by people with varied capability of handling information and the controls for its presentation. Participation will be mainly by electronic means – to take part simply send a mail to tsbjcaahf@itu.int.

ITU has been active in accessibility and human factors for many years. Two of the best known standards are one relating to the designation of a “tactile identifier” - the number five on a telephone keypad - for easy identification for those with impaired sight (ITU-T Recommendation E.161) and a standard for text telephony (ITU-T Recommendation V.18). Recently accessibility guidelines have been drawn up to ensure that new standards are developed with the needs of those with disabilities taken into account (see previous newslog entry here).

JCA-AHF has organized a tutorial session on web design, web conferencing and real time web captioning to improve current ITU practices. It will be held in Geneva on 22 April. Details will follow.

For more detail on ITU-T’s work on accessibility see here.

Another ITU initiative related to the topic is the Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability which has been created under the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). See here. More details will follow.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 5:55:18 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Following completion of four deliverables by The Focus Group on Identity Management, ITU-T's Study Group 17 has recommended to the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) that a Global Standards Initiative on Identity Management (IdM-GSI) is established. If the December meeting of TSAG initiates the IdM-GSI and the related Joint Coordination Activity (JCA), a meeting has already been planned for January 2008 to enter into a new phase of work on IdM based on these groups and existing ITU-T studies.

The four IdM deliverables have been transferred to relevant Study Groups via Study Group 17 and also to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 for further consideration and possible development as ITU-T Recommendations and a potential common text with ISO/IEC on entity authentication assurance. Indeed work on three new ITU-T Recommendations and the ITU-T/ISO common text standard has already begun.

The term IdM is understood as "management by providers of trusted attributes of an entity such as a subscriber, a device, or a provider." IdM promises to reduce the need for multiple user names and passwords for each online service used, while maintaining privacy of personal information. A global IdM solution will help diminish identity theft and fraud. Further, IdM is one of the key enablers for a simplified and secure interaction between customers and services such as e-commerce. A key issue for the Focus Group was to provide interoperability between existing solutions.

Herb Bertine, Chairman of Study Group 17, lead Study Group on security in ITU-T said: “We are very pleased with the productivity and efficiency of the Focus Group. We now have the building blocks to enter the important next phase where the world’s service providers can profit from international standards for IdM services. Clearly identity management is an important topic and one that industry has put significant weight behind in order to turn out standards that will provide an IdM framework for global interoperability.”

The deliverables were supplied to a meeting of ITU-T’s Study Group 17. Essentially IdM-GSI will be an umbrella title for IdM work that will be distributed across all Study Groups. A joint coordination activity (JCA) will ensure that there is no duplication of work, oversee strategic/planning issues and work assignments and develop a roadmap for the development of a global ID management standards. IdM-GSI will enhance harmonization, in collaboration with other bodies, among the different approaches to IdM frameworks and capabilities worldwide.

The publicly available deliverables are:

  • Report on Identity Management Ecosystem and Lexicon
  • Report on Identity Management Use Cases and Gap Analysis 
  • Report on Requirements for Global Interoperable Identity Management 
  • Report on Identity Management Framework for Global Interoperability

The first meeting of IdM-GSI including the JCA-IdM is planned to be held during the January 2008 NGN-GSI event in Seoul, Korea.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007 3:55:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 24, 2006

ITU-T’s Study Group 15 has consented on a revision to a home networking specification that increases data rates over existing home wiring to 320 Megabits per second.

The original standard (ITU-T Recommendation G.9954) is based on input from the HomePNA alliance. The revision adds home networking over existing coax cables to networking over phone wires. The revision also includes new operating spectrums adding VDSL coexistence to the ADSL, POTS and broadcast TV channel spectrum coexistence provided by the original standard.

G.9954 facilitates interoperability and convergence of all networked IP data in the home by creating open, interoperable standards and best practices for a universal home networking market. Telephone service providers have collaborated with residential gateway, set-top box, bridge, consumer electronics (CE) equipment, and ONT manufacturers, as well as their component providers, to meet consumer demand for bundled multimedia home networking.

Home networking bandwidth requirements will steadily increase as operators deliver multi-stream high-definition content, upgrade last-mile access network technologies, and provision future IP-based services. Leveraging existing home wires, service providers can reduce installation, operational expenses and even end-user costs. Experts say that 320 Mbps can accommodate the future bandwidth requirements of service providers as they enhance their offerings with additional features and capabilities.

 

Friday, November 24, 2006 11:10:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Joint Coordination Activity on Network Aspects of Identification Systems (including RFID) (JCA-NID) Input Documents
 
   No.     Title

   25R1   TSB Draft documents allocation

   26      Rapporteur Group Q6/17 Response LS to Q15/13 on ITU-T studies on security aspects of NGN IdM

   27      Q9/17 Rapporteur Group meeting LS on Privacy Protection framework for Networked RFID Services

   28      ITU-T Q6/17 Rapporteur Group meeting Response to Liaison statement on Identity Management (SC 27 N 5193)

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006 4:55:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 18, 2006

Joint Coordination Activity on Network Aspects of Identification Systems (including RFID) (JCA-NID) Input Documents
 
   No.  Title

   10   Draft List of contact points for the participating entities (V.1)

   24   Draft list of documents

   25   Draft documents allocation

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Monday, September 18, 2006 2:05:24 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 15, 2006

Joint Coordination Activity on Network Aspects of Identification Systems (including RFID) (JCA-NID) Input Documents
 
   No.  Title

   21   Proposal for a JCA-NID action plan

   22   JCA-NID mode of operation

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Friday, September 15, 2006 11:40:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 14, 2006

Joint Coordination Activity on Network Aspects of Identification Systems (including RFID) (JCA-NID) Input Documents
 
   No.  Title

   14   Development models of network aspects of identification systems (including RFID) (NID) and proposal on approach for the standardization

   15   A Proposed NID Service Reference Architecture and Some Terminologies

   16   Next Steps of Networked ID Standardization Activity in ITU-T on the Basis of the Analysis of Networked ID Applications

   17   Summary of the results from TSAG and mission of JCA-NID

   18   Proposed Working Structure of JCA-NID

   19   A Focus Group Proposal for NID-related standardization activities

   20   Draft Agenda for the 1st JCA-NID meeting

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Thursday, September 14, 2006 7:56:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Joint Coordination Activity on Network Aspects of Identification Systems (including RFID) (JCA-NID) Input Documents
  
   No.  Title

  1. Circular letter
  2. Contributions related to RFID
  3. TSAG WP 4 Report (TSAG-R16)
  4. TSAG-TD-GEN-0261: Final draft for "Proposed ITU-T strategy for standardization issues on network aspects of identification with harmonized standardization cooperation"
  5. TSAG-TD-GEN-0314: Report for Business Models and Service Scenarios for network aspects of identification (including RFID)
  6. TSAG-TD-GEN-0315: Final draft for "Review report of standardization issues on network aspects of identification including RFID"
  7. TSAG-TD-GEN-0316: Final draft for "Proposed ITU-T strategy for standardization issues on network aspects of identification with harmonized standardization cooperation"
  8. TSAG-TD-GEN-0317: Convener’s report on the work of the Correspondence Group on network aspects of identification (including RFID)
  9. Tentative list of topics of common interest
  10. List of contact points for the participating entities (not yet available)
  11. LS on information from Daidalos
  12. LS on ITU-T studies on security aspects of NGN Identity Management (IdM)
  13. LS on Y.idserv-reqts (NGN service requirements for ID-based applications)

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006 7:42:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 08, 2006

TSAG approved at its meeting (Geneva, 3-7 July 2006), the establishment of a Joint Coordination Activity on Network Aspects of Identification Systems (including RFID) (JCA-NID). Mr. Pierre-André Probst (OFCOM, Switzerland) was appointed as the Convenor of this activity.

JCA-NID is open to members and designated representatives of relevant Standards Development Organization and Forums.

The terms of reference of the JCA-NID are:

  • To examine the proposed deliverables of the correspondence group on network aspects of identification systems (including RFID), in order to improve them and use them as baselines texts. Comments are invited on the deliverables from the membership and SGs
  • To further develop and analyze the list of standardization items and associated roadmap
  • To forward specific standardization issues to relevant SGs and other SDOs as appropriate
  • To act as a single point of contact within ITU-T with other SDOs in order to avoid duplication of work
  • To examine the best way to make available the most urgent deliverables on network aspects of identification systems (including RFID) (in particular, proposing the creation of focus group(s) for the most urgent topics with corresponding terms of reference).

The JCA-NID activities will report its progress to TSAG.

The first meeting of JCA-NID will be held on 19-21 September 2006.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006 2:26:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

First meeting of Meeting of JCA-NID (Joint Coordination Activity on Network Aspects of identification including RFID)

Geneva, 19-21 September 2006

See TSB Circular 109 for more information

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006 2:23:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Notes of the sixth meeting of the NGN ‘Joint Coordination Activity’
Source: Convener of NGN ‘Joint Coordination Activity’

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006 1:59:02 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, July 27, 2006

On 4 and 5 April 2006 the TSB Director convened a consultation meeting to consider possible measures to take care of the IPTV studies within the ITU-T (TSB Circular 71). A result of the consultation meeting was an agreement to establish, according to provisions of Recommendation A.7, a Focus Group on IPTV. A website for the focus group has been established at http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/IPTV/index.phtml

Subsequent to the agreement at the consultation meeting, TSAG, at its meeting 3 to 7 July 2006, decided that the parent of the IPTV Focus Group should be Study Group 13 and that a Joint Coordination Activity (JCA) should be established amongst the management of the concerned study groups to provide an interface to the IPTV Focus Group.

The IPTV-JCA will work primarily by correspondence but can also meet in association with meetings of Study Group 13 where necessary. In addition urgent issues requiring attention can be flagged up at any time and the JCA can convene as appropriate to take action.

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Thursday, July 27, 2006 10:50:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 17, 2006
International standards that enable interoperability and security in the field of home networking are seen as key to bringing value and versatility to consumers, making possible the use of diverse products, services and sources, and therefore accelerating market development. This was the key conclusion of a successful World Standards Cooperation (WSC) workshop bringing together some 100 experts from industry, the academic community and standards developing organizations, in Geneva, Switzerland, on 2 and 3 February 2006.

Household connectivity is growing rapidly with more and more electronic devices and networks within the home distributing and using digital information and media. In addition, remote control of lighting, heating, appliance-use and security systems attached to the home are making the "digital home" a reality.

The Geneva event provided an overview of these technologies as well as an examination of standards that address access, services, performance, quality of service (QoS), electromagnetic interference, digital rights management (DRM), security issues and overall networking.

Representatives from more than 15 leading industry groups, such as DNLA, DSL Forum and Zigbee, called for closer cooperation between the WSC partners, standards developing organizations (SDOs) and industry consortia. They also agreed that similar events designed to allow for the open exchange of ideas should be held in the future, in view of improving coordination and avoiding duplication of work.  

ITU-T's Joint Co-ordination Activity on Home Networking JCA-HN was recognized by participants as an important vehicle for coordination. The JCA-HN was set up to harmonize work going on across ITU-T Study Groups and to identify what exactly needs to be standardized in the field aiming to produce a roadmap outlining this activity.

Houlin Zhao, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), ITU, wrapped up the workshop by reminding delegates of the history of successful cooperation between IEC, ITU and ISO. The three organizations, he said, are committed to promoting and harmonizing the international standardization system, strengthening cooperation among themselves and with all partners concerned. He encouraged the members of the three organizations to support efforts at the international level, as well as the national and company level.  

Opening the two-day event, IEC General Secretary Aharon Amit said that the market, innovation, safety and regulation and competition drive international standards. Chief technical officers, he said, were the best-placed people to decide what is needed and when and this allows the IEC to do its work. In short, Mr. Amit said, "we're seeking guidance from you on what we're doing, what we're doing well, what we're not doing well and what we should be doing."   

In his closing remarks, ISO Secretary-General, Alan Bryden indicated that: "At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, convergence of information and communication technologies and services for the benefit of consumers was highlighted as a key development, as well as a manifestation of the knowledge revolution, at the centre of the 'creative imperative'". He added that "International Standards have a major role to play" and - referring to the work of IEC, ITU and ISO - "we, ourselves need to converge".

The two-day workshop reviewed the current state-of-the-art in home digital technology from a standardization perspective.  Representatives from 14 leading electronics manufacturers, 10 leading systems service providers, academics and standards bodies examined the situation and needs for standards in relation to:

· Ways in which digital services are delivered to the home;

· In-home networking;

· How content is managed;

· How equipment is managed;

· Best practices.

Emphasis was placed on trends concerning broadband technologies, the way to ensuring connectivity and interoperability of devices within home networks and on the development of many new application areas - for example, ways in which recent technology can offer non-intrusive monitoring of those with diagnosed medical conditions, or of the elderly.

The World Standards Cooperation (WSC) aims to reinforce, and promote the voluntary consensus based International Standards system of ISO, IEC and ITU.

 

Friday, February 17, 2006 5:00:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 06, 2006

New JCA-HN document: Results of WSC workshop on 'Digital technologies in the home' (Geneva, 2-3 February, 2006)

More on JCA-HN

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Monday, February 06, 2006 12:30:15 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 03, 2006

With the agreement of the TSAG meeting 14-18 March 2005, a Joint Coordination Activity on Home Networking (JCA-HN) was established. Mr. Andrew Nunn (BT, UK) was appointed as the Convenor of this activity.

The scope of the JCA-HN was decided following a meeting held immediately after the ITU-T workshop Opportunities and Challenges in Home Networking, 13 – 14 October 2005, Geneva and discussions at the TSAG meeting 7-11 November 2005. The name “Home Network Initiative” will be used to describe work in this field spanning ITU-T Study Groups.

JCA-HN will:

  • Co-ordinate the Home Network Initiative activity across all the relevant ITU-T Study Groups (e.g. currently ITU-T SGs 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17) and liaise with relevant ITU-R SGs (currently, SGs 1 and 6).
  • Seek cooperation from external bodies working in the field and disseminate information received from these bodies to the relevant ITU-T Study Groups.
  • Identify what should be standardized by ITU-T
  • Prepare a roadmap for this standardization activity

More on JCA-HN

Friday, February 03, 2006 5:42:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |