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 Friday, November 12, 2010
The sixth http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/worksem/ict-auto/201103/index.html will take place 2-3 March 2011.

A call for abstracts has been issued with authors encouraged to submit presentations on a variety of topics including the environmental impact of electric vehicles; wireless systems and, a key focus this year, managing driver distraction.  

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. Standards and design guidelines for these systems and devices, whether portable or fixed in the vehicle, can contribute to decreasing driver distraction, allowing the driver to focus on the road ahead.

Held during the Geneva International Motor Show, The Fully Networked Car is in a unique position to engage the ICT sector with the motor industry. For the sixth year running, the event will bring together key players involved in the development of technologies and standards, as well as other major industry representatives.

International standards organizations, ITU, ISO and IEC host the event bringing together key players involved in the development of technologies and standards, as well as other major industry representatives.

Today’s communications capabilities give the potential for cars to foresee and avoid collisions, navigate the quickest route to their destination, make use of up-to-the-minute traffic reports, identify the nearest available parking slot, minimize their carbon emissions and provide multimedia communications.

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Friday, November 12, 2010 11:30:10 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 11, 2010
A new ITU-T Technology Watch Report provides an overview of the innovative role that information and communication technologies (ICT) play in smart water management. The report also surveys current and forthcoming standardisation work in the field of smart water management.

Economic growth, seasonal climatic conditions and rising population are all affecting availability of water resources. Moreover, a number of effects linked to climate change, such as lengthy droughts and extreme weather events, are worsening the situation. Water shortages are at the core of many of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), one of which is to reduce by half the number of people without safe access to water by 2015. According to the UN World Water Development Report, by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of freshwater.

Technologies such as semantic sensor web, remote sensing with satellite and geographical information systems can be used innovatively by water authorities to obtain information in real time about water use, to track and forecast the level of rivers and to identify new sources of fresh water. With the impact of climate change, sole reliance on historical hydrologic weather patterns is no longer a viable forecast for water authorities. The availability of information about current conditions in a particular situation on a timely basis is crucial for decision making in water resource management. For instance, flood water management is a dynamic process, changing daily, weekly or monthly, depending on weather conditions and how ecosystems respond to climate variability.
 
ICT provides a unique opportunity for water stakeholders to obtain information in near real time about a number of physical and environmental variables such as temperature, soil moisture levels, rainfall, and others through web enabled sensors and communication networks, and can thus have accurate information about the situation at hand (without physically being there) for their forecasts and decisions. Smart metering technologies can also provide individuals, businesses and water companies with near real-time information about their own water use, thus raising awareness about usage, locating leakages and having better control over water demand.

The Report can be downloaded from a dedicated website which provides additional sources of information and an overview of ITU-T Study Groups with standardisation work related to water.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010 10:30:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 09, 2010

A group of twenty-three leaders from the information and communication technology (ICT) sector and senior management of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) met for the second annual meeting of Chief Technology Officers (CTO) in Paris. They agreed on a set of recommendations to modernize the current ICT standardization landscape and set priorities for new issues in standards work.

The CTOs reaffirmed that standardization is one of the essential building blocks of the Information Society and of the global ICT networks that power trade, commerce, sustainable development, healthcare, education, literacy, and entertainment. Today, standards are not only the technical blueprints necessary for interoperability and connectivity within global information infrastructures. They are also tools with significant public policy and economic consequences.

Faced with an ever-growing number of standards bodies and consortia, the CTOs called for immediate steps to streamline and modernize the standards landscape and endorsed the need for a new approach, based on collaboration, cooperation and coordination, to improve the efficiency of standards work, reduce duplicating and conflicting standards and promote a seamless, interoperable future global communications network. As a result of the review, the CTOs initially identified, in addition to ITU, a number of regional and national standards bodies that are key standardization organizations. It was recognized that additional work is needed to further develop the concept into multi-dimensional ecosystems for different markets and technologies, pre- and post-standardization, and appropriate links and cooperation among the different bodies, given the technological convergence that is taking place.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010 9:28:51 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, November 01, 2010
Third Meeting of the Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud), 30 November - 3 December 2010, Lannion, France

On-line Registration Form

Meeting Announcement

Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud)


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Monday, November 01, 2010 2:50:06 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Fourth Meeting of Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart), 29 November – 3 December 2010, Chicago, USA

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Meeting Announcement

Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart)

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Monday, November 01, 2010 2:43:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 29, 2010
Eighth Meeting of Focus Group on Future Networks (FG FN), 29 November – 3 December 2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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See TSB Circular Letter 146 for more information

Focus Group on Future Networks (FG FN)

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Friday, October 29, 2010 10:24:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 5, Geneva, 23 November - 1 December 2010 

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SG5 Collective Letter  6

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Friday, October 29, 2010 10:16:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |