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 Thursday, 16 September 2010
2nd ITU Interop Event on IPTV, Singapore, 23-24 and 27 September 2010

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See TSB Circular Letter 136 for more information

Conformity and Interoperability

Thursday, 16 September 2010 13:35:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 14 September 2010
ITU and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) are organizing an event - Green ICT for a sustainable future - which will take place on 24 September 2010 from 15.00 to 17.30 hours in New York, USA, during Climate Week NYC.

The transition to a ‘green’ economy poses many challenges, but also opens significant opportunities for economic development in developed and developing countries. Through innovation in low-carbon technologies, countries can capture economic value ‘at home’ through entrepreneurship, job creation and new venture development.

This workshop will present a series of case studies (Home energy monitoring kit; HVAC automation system; Eco-driving software solution; Telecommuting; E-health delivery system; Telepresence system) and will also discuss:

  • How “green ICT” initiatives and applications, such as smart grids, cloud computing, videoconferencing, e-government and dematerialization of content, can play a major role in reducing CO2 emissions, and ensuring sustainable development and green growth;

  • How to measure the impact of "green ICT" on climate change and how to standardize a methodology to calculate the impact of ICTs on GHG emissions;

  • How a standardized methodology, and other initiatives, might assist countries to obtain and make best use of ICTs to address climate change;

  • How the ICT industry can promote awareness and implementation of "green ICT".

More info at:

Tuesday, 14 September 2010 08:18:09 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 06 September 2010
IPTV-GSI Meeting, Singapore, 20-27 September 2010

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See TSB Circular Letter 123 for more information


Monday, 06 September 2010 13:47:46 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 01 September 2010
The next Meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate Change (DCICC) will be held on 16 September from 16.30 to 18.30 hours, in Vilnius, Lithuania during the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).  

ITU launched the Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate Change (DCICC) in 2007 as an open body committed to moderating the environmental impact of the Internet, to seeking new ways to embrace the power of the Internet for reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and to enabling transformation in line with the objectives set and to be set under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Additional information on DCICC can be found at:
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Wednesday, 01 September 2010 15:27:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU is organizing its Fifth Symposium on ICTs, The Environment and Climate Change, in cooperation with and under the auspices of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (MSEA), Egypt.

The Symposium will be held 2-3 November 2010 at the Smart Village Convention Center in Cairo, Egypt. It will bring together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.

Participants will focus on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa and the needs of developing countries.

The main purpose is to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities for using ICTs to monitor climate change, to mitigate and adapt to its effects and, in this light, to identify future requirements for ITU’s related work.

Topics to be discussed will include adaptation to climate change, e-waste, cost-effective ICT technologies, methodology of environmental impact assessment of ICT and financing of climate change solutions.

An output of the Symposium is expected to be the “Cairo Road Map”, a set of recommendations for action in relation to ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change.

This event is particularly timely, as it will take place less than a month before the opening of the 16th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 16), which will take place in November 2010 in Cancun, Mexico and will aim at producing a new global agreement on climate change.

Additional information can be found at:

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Wednesday, 01 September 2010 15:25:20 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
A new ITU-T Technology Watch Report provides an overview of technology-caused driver distraction and surveys standards, guidelines and initiatives aiming at making the use of in-vehicle information and communication systems less distracting.

Texting, making calls, and other interaction with in-vehicle information and communication systems while driving is a serious source of driver distraction and increases the risk of traffic accidents. Technology-caused driver distraction is a global problem and has its stake in the more than 1.2 million people dying in road crashes each year. These numbers are more than reason enough for the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration to launch a Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) to halt or reverse the increasing trend in road traffic deaths and injuries around the world.

In April 2010, ITU Council adopted a Resolution on “ITU’s role in ICTs and improving Road Safety,” instructing the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) to bring this matter to the attention of the relevant groups in ITU-T, such as Study Group 12 and the Focus Group on Car Communication. The annual Fully Networked Car workshop, jointly organized by ISO, IEC and ITU at the Geneva International Motor Show, will also contribute to raising awareness on this important issue.

Dialing a hand-held device increases a driver’s chance of being involved in a vehicle crash by three times and talking while driving increases the crash risk by 1.3 times. When composing or reading text messages (SMS) drivers spend up to 400 per cent more time with their eyes off the road than they do when not texting. Mobile broadband enables drivers and passengers to benefit from innovative applications and location-based services, but used at the wheel, smartphones contribute to inattention.

By implementing standardized human-machine interfaces in their devices and applications, manufacturers can make their use less distracting. Advanced speech recognition and text-to-speech features, and ensured Quality of Service of in-vehicle hands-free systems may minimize driver distraction. Future safety technologies may temporarily or permanently disable certain features of information and communication technologies used by the driver, based on constantly updated status information provided by sensors inside and outside the vehicle.

These and other approaches to reduce technology-based driver distraction and to increase road safety are discussed in a number of standardization bodies, including ITU-T and ISO. The Technology Watch Report highlights their work and points out options for ITU’s role in ICT and road safety.

A dedicated website provides additional sources of information and an overview of ITU-T Study Groups with work items related to driver distraction.
Download Report                   Go to Driver Distraction Website

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Wednesday, 01 September 2010 08:23:18 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 31 August 2010

SG 12 WP2/12, Berlin, Germany, 17 September 2010

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See TSB Collective Letter  4  for more information

SG 12 WP2/12

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Tuesday, 31 August 2010 09:15:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Meeting of SG 13, Geneva, 16 September 2010

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See TSB Circular Letter 111 for more information


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Tuesday, 31 August 2010 08:51:06 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |