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 Tuesday, 13 December 2011

The first meeting of a collaboration on ITS communication standards.
The first meeting of a collaboration on international communication standards for intelligent transport systems (ITS) will take place on Wednesday, 14 December, at ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting is open and remote participation is offered.
Industry experts who gathered for the World Standards Cooperation's Fully Networked Car event at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year agreed that the next twenty years will see a huge shift towards ITS. Today’s communications capabilities give vehicles the potential 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, minimise their carbon emissions and provide multimedia communications.
Considerable resources have been invested in R&D, but the lack of global standards is widely regarded as a major impediment to large-scale deployment of ITS services and applications. This collaboration creates a global forum for the creation of a set of international communication standards needed for ITS to become a definitive feature of the modern automotive industry.
For more information on the meeting, its registration procedures and remote participation, please consult the meeting’s homepage at

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:07:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 01 December 2011

Geneva, 30 November 2011 – The arresting digital displays of Times Square, Piccadilly Circus and Shibuya are just a foretaste of a brave new world of cityscapes illuminated by interactive, dynamic and highly targeted signage, according to a new ITU-T Technology Watch Report, Digital signage: the right information in all the right places.

Advances in display technologies, declining manufacturing costs and a retail boom in emerging economies are all contributing to the rapid spread of large-scale high-definition display networks. But the proprietary nature of current digital signage solutions is restricting the integration of applications across different networks and vendors. Interoperable global standards will be crucial to the future development of this emerging market, unlocking enormous value not just for display system developers, retailers and newscasters, but for governments and the community at large.

Tomorrow’s dynamic signage can play a crucial civic role in areas like traffic management, public transport systems, safe crowd management at large events, control of people flows in public areas and private venues, and emergency response systems. But to do that effectively, standardized platforms will be crucial.

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Thursday, 01 December 2011 10:43:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Technology offers practical means of cutting carbon emissions
Geneva, 25 November 2011 – ITU, together with a coalition of industry partners, will be working to convince delegates at the UN COP 17 climate change conference in Durban next week to harness the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to promote mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Today’s advanced technologies can transform social, industrial and business processes to effect the changes needed to achieve sustainability. But while the potential of ICTs to make a real difference is widely recognized by the technology community and government ICT ministries, it is still far from being understood and embraced by environmental lobby groups and policymakers.

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Thursday, 01 December 2011 09:08:23 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 30 November 2011

ITU Workshop on Standards and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Issues, New Delhi, India, 19-20 December 2011

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ITU Workshop on Standards and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Issues

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 15:12:18 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Ninth meeting of FG Smart, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 - 21 December 2011

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Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart)

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 15:08:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU Workshop on Digital Signage, Tokyo, Japan, 13-14 December 2011

Convening Letter (TSB Circular 227)

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ITU Workshop on Digital Signage

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 15:07:02 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU Kaleidoscope: The fully networked human? - Innovations for future networks and services, Cape Town, South Africa, 12-14 December 2011

Convening letter (TSB Circular 172)

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ITU Kaleidoscope

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 14:57:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Eighth meeting of FG Cloud, Geneva, Switzerland, 12 - 16 December 2011

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Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud)

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 14:51:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Third meeting of FG Distraction, Geneva, Switzerland 12 - 13 December 2011

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Focus Group on Driver Distraction (FG Distraction)

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 14:45:08 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 29 November 2011

The result of the consultation of Member States in TSB Circulars 203 and 231 is as follows:

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Accordingly these draft Recommendations will now be included in the list to be considered for approval at the SG15 closing plenary on 16 December 2011. 

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011 14:04:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)/ Secretariat of the Basel Convention and the United Nations University (UNU), in collaboration with the Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative and the Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), have launched a joint survey on e-waste.

This survey aims to collect detailed data on e-waste management, policies and standards; constructing a comprehensive overview of the current e-waste landscape and identifying future challenges in this realm. Such a mapping of the e-waste issue will establish a base upon which the exchange of e-waste information and best practices can occur, and will form a valuable tool in communicating the gravity of the problem and promoting collaborative work in the future development of policy and management of e-waste.
The widespread use of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) has raised public awareness of its positive effects such as the reduction of the digital divide, but also of the negative environmental and health effects associated with the inefficient waste management of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE or e-waste).

There have been alarming reports of e-waste mismanagement in many countries, particularly in less developed nations and countries with economies in transition. E-waste is a significant contributor to the ICT industry’s impact on the environment, and urgent global action to address this issue is essential if the industry is to fulfill its commitment to a sustainable future.

For further information, please see the survey’s webpage:

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011 08:54:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 25 November 2011

ITU is organizing a Workshop on Standards and Intellectual Property Rights in New Delhi, India, 19-20 December 2011. Taking place at the HMR Institute of Technology and Management, the event will be hosted by the Global ICT Standardization Forum for India (GISFI), and will be followed by the seventh GISFI meeting at the same venue, 21-22 December 2011.

One of the key aims of standardization is to enable the efficient ‘globalization’ of ICT products and solutions. IPR issues must be taken into consideration when developing standards, a process demanding a balance of varying stakeholder interests; such as those of patent holders, standards implementers and standards’ end-users. Additionally, SDOs frequently encounter copyright issues relating to the incorporation of software in standards.

Such patent and copyright issues are the subject of global debate, and the workshop is being convened to provide a forum for discussions relating to the inclusion of patented technology and software in standards. International experts from both the public and private sector will provide an overview of these issues and share their insights on the present nature of the issue and how it is likely to progress in the future.

Participation in the workshop is open to ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates, Academia and to any individual from a country part of ITU’s membership. Fellowships are available upon request, please contact

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Friday, 25 November 2011 20:37:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Further to the agreement between the Director, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau and the Chairman of the Internet Engineering Taskforce (IETF) detailed in the ITU-T Newslog of November 14, the agreed statement has been included in a proposed compromise from the Japanese administration. The relevant documents are publicly available at:

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Friday, 25 November 2011 18:24:02 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU’s Kaleidoscope academic conference The fully networked human? − Innovations for future networks and services (Cape Town, South Africa, 12-14 December 2011) 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 2011 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 2011 will host Jules Verne’s Corner, a special space for science fiction writers and dreamers, a Tutorial on : Future Internet Impacts on the Evolution of NGN Infrastructures and Services and a Special Session on ITU & Academia.

Register now for free remote participation.

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Friday, 25 November 2011 15:06:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |