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 Friday, June 03, 2011
Geneva, 02 June, 2011 – Concerns that home networking products using power line transmission (PLT) technology may cause interference with radio services led to a Forum last week in Geneva to address the issue. ITU’s own home networking standard ITU-T G.hn was considered to have electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)  and mitigation techniques that go well beyond those considered essential for protecting radio services.

Given the variety of electronic devices in our homes, strict EMC requirements are imperative. Over-the-air broadcast services in particular could be subject to interference from PLT systems.

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Friday, June 03, 2011 9:56:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The kick off meeting of the Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility (FG AVA) took place on 26 May 2011 and was a great success.
 
There was wide participation from key stakeholders, both physically and virtually using remote participation tools. Those participating included universities and research centres, organizations representing persons with disabilities, AV media companies, network and service providers, vendors, organizations representing consumer electronics manufacturers, WIPO, government and regulatory bodies. The aim of this first meeting was to define the scope of the Group’s work – interpret the objectives, define core terms and agree on procedures.
 
The Focus Group addressed the need to mainstream audiovisual media accessibility focusing on making digital media accessible for all, in particular for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
 
It was decided to organize the work within the following areas:
  • Captioning
  • Audio/Video description and spoken captions
  • Visual signing and sign language
  • Emerging access services
  • Electronic Programming Guides and on-air promotion
  • Participation and digital media
  • Digital Broadcast Television
  • IPTV
  • Mobile and handheld devices
  • Key Performance Indicators for the accessibility of broadcast television, IPTV and metadata, mobile and hand-held devices        
 
Eight deliverables were agreed, one of which covers guidelines on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. During the 18-month life of the Focus Group, participants will collect issues and problems related to implementation of the Convention as well as real-world problems from persons with disabilities and persons with age-related functional impairments. In addition it will collect examples of good practice through case studies and other means, and prepare guidelines for the inclusion of access services in all new digital AV user devices.

The next meeting will take place 15 September 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 9:24:36 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 30, 2011
ITU and TechAmerica are organizing the side event “Linking Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) with the Cancun Agreements”. The event will take place on 7 June 2011 from 18.15 to 19.45, in Bonn (Germany) during the June UN climate change talks.

Among topics for discussion will be how ICTs can help adapt and mitigate climate change and what existing ICTs are affordable for developing countries. The event will also provide an opportunity to exchange views on how ICTs can help to implement the Cancun Agreements and will look at the new technologies to  promote green ICTs and innovation.

More information available here.

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Monday, May 30, 2011 3:52:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The first meeting of the Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility will take place in Geneva 26 May.

The group, open to all, will address the need to make audiovisual media accessible for all, but in particular, persons with disabilities. It will encourage the concept of universal design, the development of services taking into account the needs of all users, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Interoperability of devices and features that boost accessibility will also be an area of discussion.

One expected deliverable of the group will be guidelines on the implementation of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. Focus Group participants will collect issues and problems related to implementation of the Convention as well as real-world problems from persons with disabilities and persons with age-related functional impairments. In addition it will collect examples of good practice through case studies and other means, and prepare guidelines for the inclusion of access services in all new digital AV user devices.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 3:30:36 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
6th meeting of the Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud), Geneva, Switzerland, 27 June - 1 July 2011

Meeting announcement

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:25:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 12, Geneva, Switzerland, 20 - 22 June 2011

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Study Group 12

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:21:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
6th Meeting of the Focus Group CarCOM,  Aachen, 9 - 10 June 2011

Invitation letter

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Focus Group CarCOM

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:17:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
7th meeting of the Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart), Jeju, Korea 8 - 15 June 2011

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Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart)

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:14:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Joint Coordination Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors (JCA-AHF), Geneva, 2 June 2011

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:11:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 2, Geneva, Switzerland, 1-10 June 2011

Collective Letter 5

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Study Group 2

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:28:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility (FG AVA) , Geneva, Switzerland, 26 May 2011

Meeting Announcement (TSB Circular 191)

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Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility (FG AVA)

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:16:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 19, 2011
The first meeting of ITU’s new Internet of Things Global Standards Initiative (IoT-GSI) has ended with industry and government participants agreeing on a solid work plan and on the importance of moving quickly forward with the first stages of that plan. GSI-IoT will act as an umbrella for IoT standards development worldwide. Two further meetings have been scheduled for 2011.

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. See previous story.  

One of the first important steps, as with any new area of standardization, is to agree on the scope of the work and agreed terminology. Thus the initiation of two major work-items are instrumental to the development of a work-plan for IoT standardization. The first work-item IoT Overview is intended to be approved as an ITU-T Recommendation by February 2012, it will clarify the scope of IoT as well as its high level requirements, key features, business models and ecosystem. The second work-item is a draft Recommendation on IoT terminology, that will include a definition of IoT, which is currently seen from two very different viewpoints: IoT as a global information and communication infrastructure or IoT as a philosophy - e.g. a social phenomenon to be considered for developing relevant technologies/specifications in the ICT area.

The group, meeting in Geneva, saw participation from a number of international, national and regional organizations including ISO/IEC JTC1, TIA from USA, and ETSI Europe.  The next IoT-GSI event will take place in Geneva, 22-26 August 2011, alongside a meeting of ITU-T’s Cybersecurity group - SG17, to facilitate the participation of experts in ICT security.

The group’s leadership is encouraging participation from all leading SDOs and the various industry sectors where IoT could be deployed in order that the requirements of those sectors can be taken into account at an early stage… Sectors include e-health; e-government, automotive, geo-information, remote sensing, home networking (home automation), e-business and e-commerce, climate change mitigation. Those interested in making a contribution or participating should contact tsbiotgsi@itu.int.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011 3:53:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |