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 Tuesday, August 17, 2010
NGN GSI event: Co-located Rapporteur group Meetings,
Geneva, Switzerland, 6-16 September 2010

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Next Generation Networks Global Standards Initiative

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:18:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Sixth Meeting of the Focus Group on Future Networks,
6-9 September 2010, Geneva, Switzerland

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ITU-T Focus Group on Future Networks

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:01:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Second meeting of the FG Cloud,
Geneva, Switzerland, 2-6 September 2010

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ITU-T Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud)

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:32:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
2nd meeting of the ITU IPv6 Group,
Geneva, Switzerland, 1-2 September 2010

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ITU IPv6 Group

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6 Group

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:21:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 16, 2010
3rd Meeting of the Focus Group CarCOM,
Detroit, USA, 26-27 August 2010

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ITU-T Focus Group CarCOM

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Monday, August 16, 2010 3:00:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
A copy of the guidance note for the United Nations country teams to include the rights of persons with disabilities in their programming at country level has been recently published by the United Nations Development Group /Inter-Agency Support Group for the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The guidance note is a crucial tool for the UN Country teams and can play a significant role in supporting States to implement the UN Convention. This will be carried out through the design and implementation of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and through the work of individual agencies in their areas of mandate, ITU being one of the agencies actively working in this area.

Copy of the guidance note is available in the section Resources on accessibility in the ITU-T accessibility portal at:
http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/accessibility/Pages/default.aspx

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Monday, August 16, 2010 1:15:30 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 10, 2010
ITU will be organizing a Tutorial on Optical Fibre Cables and Systems Recommendations in Rwanda from 6 to 17 September 2010. Leading experts will provide an in-depth insight into the ITU-T Recommendations that shape the optical transport networks of the world.
 
The tutorial is co-organized by ITU-T and the Ministry in Charge of Information and Communications Technology of Rwanda, in cooperation with ITU-D. Based on the ITU-T handbook “Optical fibres, cables and systems”, the tutorial is intended to assist engineers, technicians, technologists, mid-level management and regulators in the implementation of optical-fibre-based systems.   
 
Participants will gain a better understanding of the ITU-T standards, how to design and implement projects and how to make the best choices in the various elements of an optical link. They will learn how to prepare a power budget and how to establish parameters for interfaces and accessories to prepare technical specifications for supply contracts. The tutors are leading experts in the field from industry and either participated in the writing of the handbook or contributed to the development of the referenced standards. (Contact: mailto: tsbworkshops@itu.int) more.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 10:17:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 09, 2010
Telepresence is broadly speaking next generation videoconferencing that also takes into account users' position, actions and voice to render as close as possible a representation of a real life meeting.

Many products exist today that, although they are based on established protocols including ITU-T H.323, lack interoperability due to proprietary extensions.

Telepresence represents an important evolution of the videoconferencing market. Standards fuelled interoperability between systems is seen as a key way to drive the market. The trend is expected to accelerate, as mainstream video applications begin to offer telepresence features.

Malcolm Johnson, Director, ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, said: "We don't expect each end of a phone call to be dependent on the manufacturer of the phone being the same. The same should be true for telepresence. Anyone who has used a telepresence system will testify to its remarkable quality, it truly is the next best thing to a face to face meeting. However proprietary solutions have stifled the market. ITU's standards initiative will allow us all to profit from this remarkable technology."

Specifically the new work will focus on standardizing full interoperability between telepresence systems, including facilitating the coherent presentation of multiple audio and video streams so that participants show correct eye contact, gestures etc, to give a more real life like experience.

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Monday, August 09, 2010 10:22:04 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Difficulty trying to access products, services, environments and facilities is an issue for any of us – let alone the millions of people around the world living with disabilities. To this end, an international  workshop will be held on 3 and 4 November 2010 to review and examine the standards needed for facilitating the development of accessible solutions around the world.

The workshop is the latest initiative organized by the three partner organizations of the World Standards Cooperation (WSC): IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), ITU (International Telecommunication Union), and ISO (International Organization for Standardization), which are also raising awareness of accessibility in this year's World Standards Day, celebrated each year on 14 October.

Accessibility is the degree to which a product, device, service, environment or facility is usable by as many people as possible, including by persons with disabilities. Its importance is signified by the fact that the number of persons with disabilities, either congenital, acquired or as a result of age is estimated to be at around 650 million worldwide.

The WSC workshop on “Accessibility and the contribution of International Standards” will bring together key stakeholder groups from all over the world representing disability organizations, government and regulators, standards developers, consumers, as well as product designers and manufacturers faced with accessibility requirements.  It will address three key subject areas:

•    Accessibility in the field of everyday products
•    Accessibility and buildings
•    eAccessibility and eInclusion (in Information and Communication Technologies)

In a combination of plenary and break-out group meetings, these three subject areas will be discussed and the potential of standardization – in particular international standardization – to contribute to strengthening accessibility aspects in the design of products, services, environments and facilities will be addressed.

The results of the conference will result in a better understanding of both the work on accessibility issues in standardization in the various areas and the needs of those most concerned. It is hoped that the groundwork will be laid and a road map drawn for future standardization initiatives and awareness creation initiatives with the involvement of the key stakeholders.

For further information, including the full programme and registration form for the workshop, please refer to http://www.iso.org/sites/WSC_Accessibility_2010/.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010 8:58:51 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |