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 Wednesday, 17 August 2011

The second event of ITU’s Global Standards Initiative on the Internet of Things (IoT-GSI) will take place 22-26 August 2011 in Geneva. The parallel meeting of ITU-T Study Group 17 (Security) provides a perfect venue to advance work on IoT-security, given the presence of subject-matter experts.
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).

The development of global IoT standards is the objective of the ITU experts participating in the IoT-GSI. To promote international dialog, as well as harmonization and coordination in the complex worldwide standardization landscape, the ITU has organized a special session on “international IoT standardization”, which is scheduled on 23 August at 9:30h. Rob Steele, ISO Secretary General, will introduce the ISO views, while other interventions from IEC, the ITU-T and the European Commission will complete the panel:

      • ISO – Rob Steele (Secretary General, ISO)
      • IEC – Gabriel Barta (Head of Technical Coordination, IEC)
      • ITU – Bilel Jamoussi (Chief Study Groups Department, ITU-T/TSB)
      • EC – Florent Frederix (Head of Sector, Information Society and Media, EC)

ITU membership is very keen to progress work on IoT standards. This event attracted three times more technical contributions than the inaugural event in May. A draft ITU-T Recommendation “IoT-Overview” is under development and is planned for approval in February 2012, while a very active discussion on how to properly define the IoT is ongoing in a dedicated email reflector established by Study Group 13; its findings too will be discussed at the IoT-GSI event. Finally a work-plan for IoT will be also discussed.

The success of the Internet of Things depends on the development of smoothly interoperable global standards. Hence the special session on “international IoT standardization” is scheduled in the framework of the joint coordination activity on IoT (JCA-IoT), a group of experts aiming at coordinating the standardization in this area since 2006. The JCA-IoT is also to meet in the same week on 22-23 August 2011. This meeting foresees the participation of representatives of various organizations including ETSI, TIA, the GSC M2M standardization task force (MSTF), the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the Global IcT Standardization Forum for India (GISFI), GS1 and various sub-committees of ISO/IEC JTC 1.
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Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:22:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 22 July 2011

The 2nd ITU Tutorial on Optical Fibre Cables and Systems will take place at the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City, Mexico from 19 to 30 September 2011.
The tutorial is based on the ITU-T handbook “Optical fibres, cables and systems” which offers a functional grouping of ITU standards (ITU-T Recommendations) on optical technology e.g. optical fibres and cables, physical optical interfaces, optical fibre terrestrial and submarine cable systems. The tutors are leading experts in the field from industry and either participated in the writing of the handbook or contributed to the development of the referenced standards. The event is aimed at engineers, technicians, technologists, mid-level management and regulators active in the implementation of optical-fibre-based systems.

The programme will provide an in-depth insight into the ITU-T Recommendations that have shaped the optical transport networks of the world. Some aspects of wireless communication will also be addressed in cooperation with the Development Sector of the ITU (ITU-D). Participants will gain a insight into how to design and implement projects choosing the most appropriate state-of-the-art equipment. In addition they will learn how to evaluate a power budget and the fundamental parameters to be taken into account in the preparation of technical and administrative specifications for a supply contract.

On Saturday, 24th September, a “crash” course on Optical fibres, cables and systems will also be held at the same venue.  The target audience will be university students and/or specialized schools from Mexico and other Latin American countries. It is intended to provide participants a general overview of optical fibre standardization. In addition a supporting webinar will take place in the week starting 12 September – details to follow.

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Friday, 22 July 2011 08:41:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU is organizing a two-day Regional Workshop on Bridging the Standardization Gap for the Arab Region on 26 September 2011, followed by an Interactive Training Session on a simulated study group meeting on 27 September 2011 and a half day ITU Academia Seminar on 28th September 2011.

The workshop is designed to provide concrete advice and best practices on participation by developing countries in global standards development and building nation standards readiness. It will also examine standards work on key new technologies. The Interactive Training Session will provide an interactive learning experience through a simulated Study Group meeting. It will be of greatest interest to those who will be, or who have begun, participating in international meetings and those who have some international experience with plans to move into leadership roles. The ITU Academia Seminar will present ITU’s relationship with Academia and the benefit of ITU membership for academic and research institutions.

All events are held at the kind invitation of the Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications (ARPT). 

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Friday, 22 July 2011 08:39:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 20 July 2011

ITU is organizing the first Green Standards Week from 5 to 9 September in Rome, Italy. The cluster of workshops, hosted by Telecom Italia and supported by Huawei, RIM, Alcatel Lucent and Microsoft, will focus on raising awareness of the importance of using ICT standards to build a green economy and combat climate change. Full remote participation will be made possible with video, streamed audio and the ability to send questions via a moderator.

A High-Level Segment (HLS) will provide Ministers and senior representatives from the ICT industry with an opportunity to exchange views on how ICTs can help in the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the run-up to Durban (COP-17) and in preparation for the Earth Summit Rio +20 to be held in 2012. The HLS will aim to set transparent policy objectives and targets to measure and improve government green ICT strategies and standards, including ICT-enabled applications across the economy.

During the event the winner of the Green ICT Applications Challenge will be announced and be given the opportunity to present their concept for an app to combat climate change.

The first workshop will focus on methodologies for environmental impact assessment of ICT and will examine work underway to measure the impact of ICTs on climate change and how to standardize the way to calculate the reduction of GHG that ICTs have. This workshop will be jointly organized with the European Commission.

A second workshop will look at moving to a green economy through ICT standards will explore how ICTs can help to address climate change and build a green economy, shedding light on standards, policies and best practices. This workshop will be jointly organized with Telecom Italia.

The last day will see a workshop on using submarine communications networks to monitor the climate and will aim to encourage the development of new technologies and standards and will explore business opportunities for telecommunication companies to become active players in monitoring climate change. This workshop will be jointly organized by ITU, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Green Standards Week will bring together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners,
government officials, regulators, standards experts and others. It is open to participation by the press.

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 09:18:32 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 15 July 2011

Geneva, 14 July, 2011 - ITU is pleased to announce that the world’s newest nation, the Republic of South Sudan, has today been assigned the international dialling code 211, following the country’s formal recognition as a UN Member State.

The fledgling South Sudan Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services welcomed the new code, which has particular resonance for South Sudan’s citizens as representing the year in which South Sudan gained independence (2011), the date of its referendum (which took place in the first day of the first month of 2011), and a symbol of good fortune. The number had been specifically requested following a special Council of Ministers Resolution.

Full press release

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Friday, 15 July 2011 14:16:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 13 July 2011

ITU’s message to global climate change conference

Geneva, 13 July, 2011 - Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-17) in Durban, South Africa, attendees at the ITU Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change in Ghana have renewed calls for global leaders to recognize the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

An outcome document asks that ITU, as the UN specialized agency for ICTs, lead a coalition urging COP-17 delegates to look to the enormous potential of ICT solutions to cut emissions across all sectors. The document calls for the adoption of a ‘closed loop’ approach to manufacturing and recycling which will reduce the need to extract and process raw materials. It also asks for recognition of the value of ICTs in monitoring deforestation, crop patterns and other environmental phenomena.

Full press release

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:49:42 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU is calling for contributions to a workshop on relay services for persons with disabilities. The event will take place at ITU Headquarters, Geneva on 25 November 2011.

Relay services allow people with disabilities to communicate with standard telephone users. Communication may be made by speech, text, video or any combination. Video connections are particularly important for those who wish to use sign language. Modern relay services are making increasing use of the Internet, which permits a much wider range of communication terminals for users with disabilities. Smartphones, laptops, tablets and normal desktop PCs have all been used and more devices will appear in the future.

Article 9 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) promotes the use of ICTs to enable full participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of life, on an equal basis with others. It requires governments to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal access to communications and information technology. The increasing number of countries adopting the UNCRPD will need advice on the provision of relay services and this workshop aims to meet that need. ITU-T Question 26/16 is currently studying relay services with an aim to advise in those areas through ITU-T Technical Papers and Recommendations. In this context, the workshop is intended as a forum where ideas, problems and good practices can be shared. Existing and future relay service suppliers will be able to share experiences with governments, regulators, standards makers, user groups and users; the outcomes will be fed into the Q26/16 studies.

This workshop will address the following topics:

  • Experience with operation of relay services, both positive and negative
  • User requirements
  • Performance parameters
  • Innovation in the design or implementation of relay services
  • The use of relay services to access emergency services
  • Regulatory aspects
  • Funding of relay services
  • User experiences that have improved the lives of persons with disabilities
  • Good practices on improving awareness of relay services.

Anyone wishing to make a presentation during the event should contact the organiser, Bill Pechey, (, +44 1491 681236) by 31 August 2011 at the latest. Requests will be honoured based on speaking slot availability and thematic consistency.  Contributions on other topics relevant to the theme may be accepted.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011 08:39:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |