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 Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Representatives of the car industry joined with more traditional ITU-T members at the first meeting of the Focus Group From/In/To Car Communication.

The Focus Group meeting in Geneva, January, worked on specifications that will enhance communications in vehicles. Using as a starting point a specification developed by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) the Focus Group is looking to improve a draft Recommendation Ė P.Carhft Ė under development by ITU-Tís Study Group 12. The Focus Group concept allows for non-members, in this case the auto industry to participate.

A first priority is to deal with speakerphone audio quality, aiming to provide a specification that will help to improve the speech- and sound - quality between different devices. Second priority is requirements for headsets including wireless. Chairman of the group, Hans Gierlich of Head Acoustics noted also that a major problem for the car industry is car-to-car communications.

While first concentrating on narrowband speech (3.4kHz), the group will eventually move into better quality - wideband (8kHz). Input is also required in the area of testing for interaction between the network and hands-free terminals. In addition speech recognition will be addressed.

Participating companies included Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, DaimlerChrysler, France Telecom, Harman/Becker, Head Acoustics, Mitsubushi, Nortel and Volkswagen.

A second FG meeting hosted by HARMAN/BECKER Automotive Systems is planned for March 15 in Ulm, Germany following the ITU, ISO and IEC event, The Fully Networked Car, Information and Communication Technologies in Motor Vehicles. The event taking place at the Geneva Motor Show will review and examine the implications of the latest developments in this fast-moving market. A significant value-add will be an exhibition showcasing the latest technologies in the field.

 

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 5:30:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 25, 2007

Lightwave Europe has recently published an article on ITU-T Rec. G.655. The standard extends the use of fibre previously used mainly in core networks to metropolitan or regional networks. Crucially it also has the potential to greatly reduce operating costs for network providers.

See Lightwaveís story here.

See ITU-T Newslog entry here.

 

Thursday, January 25, 2007 3:59:46 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 23, 2007

At Study Group 9ís last meeting: Tokyo, 2-6 October, 2006, Mayumi Matsumoto, Rapporteur for Q.5/9 made a short video giving an excellent introduction to the Study Groupís work.

The movie contains footage of a demonstration of technologies for emerging broadband services in the home including interviews with some of the exhibitors.

Itís a unique insight into a Study Group meeting and the events surrounding it. Watch it here.


Tuesday, January 23, 2007 4:53:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 09, 2007

From the beginning of 2007, ITU-T Recommendations will be available without charge for a trial period.

With only a small number of exceptions all in-force Recommendations will be available in PDF form via a simple mouse click.

There is a general belief that the strategic importance of making on-line access to ITU-T Recommendations free outweighs the costs (in terms of lost revenue) to ITU. This is seen as a way to increase the transparency of ITU-T work and encourage wider participation in ITU-T activities. It is also believed that this policy will help increase developing countries' awareness of pertinent issues and help to promote the participation of academia in ITU-T work.

ITU-T Recommendations are available here.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007 11:50:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 08, 2007
Study Group 17 has initiated the approval process for a standard providing an overview of cybersecurity. The work establishes a definition of cybersecurity that is wide enough in scope to cover various and sometimes inconsistent definitions.

The Recommendation (X.1205) provides a taxonomy of security threats from an organizationís point of view. Cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities including the most common hackerís tools of the trade are presented. Threats are discussed at various network layers.

Various Cybersecurity technologies to remedy threats are discussed including: routers, firewalls, antivirus protection, intrusion detection systems, intrusion protection systems, secure computing and audit and monitoring. Network protection principles such as defense in depth, access management with application to Cybersecurity are also discussed. Risk management strategies and techniques are discussed including the value of training and education in protecting the network. In addition examples for securing various networks based on the discussed technologies are also discussed.

Monday, January 08, 2007 10:13:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Following ITU-Tís Workshop on Digital Identity for NGN Geneva, 5 December 2006 a decision has been made to set up a Focus Group on Identity Management (IdM) under the parentage of Study Group 17.

Digital identity refers to the online representation of a userís or network elementís identity and the identity of those that the user or network element interacts with. It does not mean the positive validation of a person. Information regarding device identities is becoming an increasingly valuable commodity, and as a consequence, its protection and management are vital to a healthy and inclusive digital world.

There are different approaches for representing identities and different identity management frameworks. The lack of a common view on digital identity and its management has so far resulted in incompatible applications.

The Focus Group will explore mechanisms that allow different frameworks to interoperate together. Experts said there is a need to identify current gaps in proposed solutions. For example, IdM solutions that involve the telecom network level and in general lower layers have not been addressed sufficiently, they said. The Focus Group will act as a platform for an exchange of information in order to bring about necessary harmonisation.

All standards organizations and developer forums involved in identity management worldwide, including institutes, forums, companies, experts and individuals regardless of whether ITU members or not are encouraged to participate.

The first meeting of the FG IdM is scheduled to take place at ITU Headquarters, in Geneva, from 13 to 16 February 2007.

Monday, January 08, 2007 10:11:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |