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 Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Geneva, 18 April 2011 – Leading global standards organizations ITU and ISO have announced the creation of a partnership in the burgeoning field of intelligent transport systems (ITS).

Industry experts who gathered for the recent ISO/ITU/IEC Fully Networked Car event at the Geneva Motor Show agreed that the next twenty years will see a huge shift towards ITS. Today’s communications capabilities give the potential for vehicles 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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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 1:38:42 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The first meeting of ITU’s Global Standards Initiative on the Internet of Things (IoT-GSI) will take place 9-13 May in Geneva. IoT is the realization of the idea that anything can be connected at anytime from any place. The concept of connecting any kind of object to the Internet may be one of the biggest standardization challenges yet.

ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) and its membership are at the forefront of standards development in the field. The presentation here highlights some of the work so far.

With the benefit of integrated information processing capacity, many products will take on smart capabilities. They may take on electronic identities that can be queried remotely, or be equipped with sensors for detecting physical changes around them. Embedding intelligence in to our environment in this way will stimulate the creation of innovative products and new business opportunities.

The success of the Internet of Things depends on the existence and smooth and interoperability of global standards.

IoT-GSI will provide a single location for information on and development of IoT standards. This new Global Standards Initiative will give greater impetus and coordination to existing work and provide a common working platform by collocating meetings of IoT-related groups to develop the standards necessary for global IoT deployment. Taking into account the work done in other standards development bodies will also be crucial. Indeed this has already been a strong focus of work to date and ITU is actively seeking the participation of these entities in order to work towards a truly global solution.

The following list of topics includes some of the work items to be addressed:
–  Concept, vision and use cases of the Internet of Things
–  Architectural framework of the Internet of Things
–  Identification architecture for the Internet of Things
–  Requirements for IoT identifier
–  IoT Identifier format
–  Identifier resolutions for the Internet of Things
–  Directory service framework for the Internet of Things
–  Middleware architecture for the Internet of Things
–  Security issues for the Internet of Things
–  Privacy protection for the Internet of Things
–  Application interfaces among IoT service entities
–  Management for the things and communication networks for the Internet of Things
–  Location management for the Internet of Things
–  Identity management for the Internet of Things
–  Interoperability standards to incorporate various standards
–  Conformance test standards for IoT protocols

For additional information see www.itu.int/itu-t/gsi/iot or contact tsbiotgsi@itu.int.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 8:29:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 18, 2011
First meeting of Focus Group on Driver Distraction (FG Distraction), UMTRI in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, 17-18 May 2011

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Focus Group on Driver Distraction (FG Distraction)

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Monday, April 18, 2011 1:38:06 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Monday, April 18, 2011 1:31:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 11, WPs 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Geneva, 13 and 20 May 2011)

Collective Letter 8

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Study Group 11

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Monday, April 18, 2011 1:24:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU-T NGN-GSI Event : Co-located Rapporteur group Meetings (Geneva, Switzerland, 09-20 May 2011)

Convening letter (TSB Circular 170)

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Next Generation Networks Global Standards Initiative

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Monday, April 18, 2011 1:20:55 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Internet of Things Global Standards Initiative (IoT-GSI), Geneva, 9-13 May 2011

Convening letter (TSB Circular 182)

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Internet of Things Global Standards Initiative (IoT-GSI)

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Monday, April 18, 2011 1:13:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Joint Coordination Activity on ICT and climate change (JCA-ICT&CC), (Geneva, 6 May 2011)

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Joint Coordination Activity on ICT and climate change

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Monday, April 18, 2011 1:06:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, April 15, 2011
ITU’s Focus Group on Cloud Computing met last week with increased industry support for standards to support worldwide interoperability. Cloud security was also a key topic on the agenda of the group and especially relevant given that subscribing to a cloud model involves complete outsourcing of services and data. The meeting  identified these two topics, intercloud relationships and security, as important study items for ITU-T to take forward.
 
The Focus Group met at the same time as Google vice president, Vint Cerf addressed US National Institute of Standards and Technology's third cloud computing workshop in Gaithersburg, US telling them that cloud interoperability and security remain serious concerns (see here).
 
Industry experts forming the Focus Group have completed a survey of standards organizations focusing  on cloud and begun the process of identifying gaps that can be filled and where that work can be done. The meeting also saw the appointment of a new Vice-chairman: Olivier Colas, Microsoft.
 
Technical Specifications from the Focus Group are expected by end 2011. The group has identified 15 active organisations in Cloud Computing and established official liaisons with other SDOs including ISO, DMTF, CSA, NIST. The Focus Group has identified several work items to be developed within ITU-T including;  the cloud ecosystem; security; cloud architecture; cloud networking; inter-cloud relationships; eco-friendly cloud; accessibility;  cloud terminal and cloud management.

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Friday, April 15, 2011 12:28:42 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 14, 2011
The next twenty years will see a huge shift towards electric vehicles and integrated intelligent transport systems (ITS) said industry experts gathered for the Fully Networked Car@Geneva Motor Show event. However in order for this transformation to take place globally coordinated standards are needed. In addition experts said that more study is needed on who pays for what. For example who will pay for systems that reduce fatalities and reduce traffic flow; consumers, governments, the car industry or insurance? These business models need to be designed in parallel participants at the ITU, ISO and IEC workshop agreed.

Given the safety implications of integrating these technologies into vehicles, driver distraction was also strong topic for discussion at the event held in parallel to the Geneva Motor Show. It was shown that cognitive distraction can be significantly reduced with greater sound quality. Presentations showed that telcos moving to wideband, thereby offering much greater speech quality, will significantly enhance telephony applications.

ITU has recently convened a Focus Group on Driver Distraction (FG Distraction). The objective the group, comprising experts from the ICT and automotive industries as well as government experts, is to reduce injuries and fatalities by minimizing the cognitive demands associated with both driving and non-driving tasks. It will; propose test methodologies for subjective and objective assessment of cognitive load; investigate optimal information flow between the driver and vehicle; develop design guidelines for integrated applications; propose mechanisms for co-ordination of components, subsystems, and applications to minimize cognitive demands; identify new techniques and technologies that can be used to reduce cognitive load and co-ordinate efforts across the three standards organizations, government/industry forums, companies, academic institutions, and subject matter experts.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011 1:03:07 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Geneva, 12 April, 2011 – ITU has launched a Green ICT Application Challenge to find the best and most innovative idea for a climate change focused app. The winning concept will be awarded USD10,000, thanks to challenge sponsors Research in Motion (RIM) and Telefónica.

As well as the cash prize, the winner will be invited to present their concept to a prestigious audience at ITU’s Green Standards Week in Italy in September. In addition, the winning app may be developed and showcased during a side event to be held at the COP-17 climate change talks in South Africa in December.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011 1:01:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 07, 2011
ITU expert Huub Van Helvoort will speak at the Light Reading Ethernet Europe event in London next week. Van Helvoort will take part in a panel discussion: “Extending Connection-Oriented Ethernet End-to-End Using MPLS-TP”.
 
The session will focus on how operators can enhance their metro Ethernet networks and optimize them for transport by deploying an end-to-end Carrier Ethernet network that incorporates the emerging Transport Profile of MPLS (MPLS-TP) which provides interworking with IP/MPLS and packet-optical technologies. ITU recently agreed first stage approval of a key standard in the field here.
 
MPLS-TP promises to change the economic equation and enable more affordable end-to-end MPLS deployments by helping streamline operational models and consolidate/simplify network topologies.
The session will be moderated by Stan Hubbard, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading.

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Thursday, April 07, 2011 8:27:47 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |