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 Thursday, December 23, 2010
ITU-T NGN GSI event: Co-located Meetings of Study Groups 11 and 13, Geneva, Switzerland, 17-28 January 2011

Convening letter (TSB Circular 147)

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for Study Group 11

for Study Group 13

Next Generation Networks Global Standards Initiative

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 10:59:33 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
FG Smart , Yokohama, Japan, 10 - 14 January 2011

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Meeting Announcement

Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart)

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 10:54:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud), Nanjing, China, 10 - 13 January 2011

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Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud)

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 10:49:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 10, 2010
Live webcast: Kaleidoscope 2010 - Beyond the Internet?

ITU-T’s Kaleidoscope academic conference Beyond the Internet? − Innovations for future networks and services (Pune, India, 13-15 December 2010) will be made available as a live audio and video webcast in order that remote participants can see and hear presentations from wherever they are in the world.

Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society. Kaleidoscope 2010 will bring together academia, research organizations and experts working on the standardization of telecommunications and ICTs.  (See here for programme, bios and presentation slides).

Accepted papers will be made available through the IEEE Xplore repository of academic papers. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers. Young Author Recognition certificates will also be issued.

In addition to an exhibition by local universities, keynote speakers and invited papers, ITU Kaleidoscope 2010 will host Standards Corner, a series of standardization tutorials, and Jules Verne’s Corner, a special space for science fiction writers and dreamers.

Register now for free webcast access.

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Friday, December 10, 2010 2:57:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 07, 2010
The latest meeting of ITU-T’s Study Group 5 in Geneva 23 November-1 December saw the beginning of work on two new “Questions” or work units - Setting up a low cost sustainable telecommunication infrastructure for rural communications in developing countries and Using ICTs to enable countries to adapt to climate change.

In addition and following the success of the Universal Charging Solution (Recommendation ITU-T L.1000), the meeting saw discussion on a Universal Battery solution.

Battery manufacturers, device manufacturers, operators and users will benefit, say experts but  the task will be infinitely more complicated. At this – early – stage discussions focus on feasibility; scope; questions on e-waste; safety; and innovation freedom concerns.

A revision to the Universal Charging Solution (L.1000) was also discussed. Changes under debate include a minimum current value (850mA); detachable cable (USB A to micro-USB); electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements and no load power consumption (0.15W mandatory, 0.03W optional). It is hoped that this will be consented at the next meeting SG  in April.

As well as progressing technical work the meeting saw presentations including a special guest Yuzhu You, University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science, Australia who talked about monitoring climate change using submarine cables – the subject of a new Technology Watch report. In a special session presentations were also made on how to make Data Centers green; recycling rare metals from ICT waste; urban mining; and the universal power adapter for ICT devices: phases 1 and 2.

The meeting saw record attendance and ran for seven instead of the normal five days. Two new standards were consented in the field of protection against electromagnetic fields (EMF) and electromagnetic emanations. The first gives guidance on the long term monitoring of EMF and the second describes a test method and guide against information leaks through unintentional electromagnetic emissions.

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010 9:27:27 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 03, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010 11:31:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 17, Geneva, 8 - 17 December 2010

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SG17 Collective Letter

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Friday, December 03, 2010 11:28:07 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, November 28, 2010
A new ITU-T Technology Watch Report highlights how submarine cables can be used as a real-time global network to monitor climate change and to provide tsunami warnings.

Future generations of cables and associated components could have the capacity to directly measure climate variables, such as water temperature, salinity and pressure on the ocean floor. All this could be achieved over long periods of time at low cost.

Despite a wide range of tools to monitor oceans, oceanographers cannot measure water variables at the sea floor. Using Submarine Communications Networks to Monitor the Climate highlights how new and old submarine telecommunication cables could fill this gap.

The report, by Yuzhu You of the Institute of Marine Science, University of Sydney, Australia invites ITU experts to study the topic further, particularly with a view to identifying areas for standardization.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010 4:18:10 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, Malcolm Johnson, has be-come a regular contributor to the Guardian’s Low carbon ICT blog.

Two articles to date:

Time to recognise the power of ICT for environmental change

We need a level playing field to measure carbon emissions from ICT

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Sunday, November 28, 2010 4:10:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |