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 Thursday, March 29, 2012

A competition open to all has been launched to design a poster for World Standards Day, 14 October, on the theme, “Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency”.

The competition is being held by the World Standards Cooperation (WSC), which comprises the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The designer(s) of the best poster will win 1 500 Swiss francs, with the three runners-up receiving 500 Swiss francs each.

To compete, designers should send their entries in .jpg or .png format to the following e-mail address: wsdposter@worldstandardscooperation.org. Submissions will be accepted until 30 April.

IEC, ISO and ITU representatives will choose the finalists. The shortlisted entries will be published on the WSC Website. The general public will choose the winning designs.
 
People can follow the World Standards Day poster competition on Twitter and Facebook.

To help prospective World Standards Day poster artists, the WSC Website includes a number of resources:

•    A text explaining this year’s World Standards Day theme
•    Examples of previous World Standards Day posters, including last year’s winning entry
•    Specifications for the 2012 poster.

Any questions about the competition should be sent to: wsdposter@worldstandardscooperation.org, Twitter or Facebook.

The World Standards Cooperation was set up in 2001 in order to strengthen and advance the voluntary consensus-based international standards systems of IEC, ISO and ITU. Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.


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Thursday, March 29, 2012 8:13:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 


ITU’s new Focus Group on the Machine-to-Machine service layer (FG M2M) will meet for the first time at ITU Headquarters in Geneva, 17-18 April 2012. M2M service layer standards will act as important catalysts for the market’s growth, and an earlier newslog announcement of FG M2M’s formation has attracted the interest of an array of M2M-focused organizations, both within and outside ITU’s membership. See FG M2M’s homepage here.

The M2M market is expected to grow rapidly over the coming years and, as part of the more broadly-defined Internet of Things (see ITU’s JCA-IoT), will encompass a wide variety of industry sectors. Some forecasts predict that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020.

Considering the wide range of M2M’s possible applications – enabling services across vertical markets including healthcare, logistics, transport, utilities and countless others – this prediction may hold true; but certainly not without the interoperability enabled by global ICT standards. A common M2M service layer, agreed at the international level by stakeholders in the M2M and relevant vertical markets, will provide a cost-efficient platform able to be easily deployed in hardware and software, in a multi-vendor environment, across industry sectors.

FG M2M will identify a minimum set of requirements common to vertical markets, and thereby create the knowledge-base needed to begin the development of open, international ITU standards. In analyzing the requirements of vertical markets, the group will initially focus on the healthcare market by investigating application programming interfaces (APIs) and protocols supporting e-health applications and services.

The deadline for submission of input documents is 10 April, and the meeting is open to all interested parties from ITU Member States. Registration for both on-site and remote participation is available at http://www.itu.int/reg/tsg/3000361.
   

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 8:11:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, March 28, 2012
ITU Workshop on “Making Television Accessible - from Idea to Reality” hosted and supported by NHK Tokyo, Japan, 28 May 2012

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 1:42:44 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU will hold an Information and Training Session on ITU Methodologies for Assessing the Environmental Impact of ICT at ITU headquarters, Geneva, 12 April.

The event will provide a tutorial on the content and application of ITU-T's new L.1400 series of Recommendations which detail standardized methodologies to assess the life-cycle environmental impact of ICTs, both in terms of their own emissions and the emissions-savings created through ICT applications in other industry sectors.

ICTs can play a key role in improving the environmental sustainability of all industry sectors, particularly in those most harmful to the environment; such as energy generation, transportation, building construction and waste disposal.

The new standard methodologies will generate figures upon which businesses can model future revenues, costs and efficiency gains provided by green ICTs; and figures enabling governments and regulators to identify the gains in social and economic welfare that green ICTs can achieve.

The workshop, for which remote participation is available, will cover the first three* Recommendations of the L.1400 series:
Recommendation ITU-T L.1400: Overview and general principles of methodologies for assessing the environmental impact of ICT
Recommendation ITU-T L.1410: Methodology for the environmental impact of ICT goods, networks and services
- Recommendation ITU-T L.1420: Methodology for energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions impact assessment of ICT in organizations

*final two parts of the L.1400 series, ICT in Cities and ICT in Countries or Groups of Countries, are under development by experts working on Question 18 in ITU-T Study Group 5


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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 8:35:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 19, 2012

A workshop on ICT Innovations, embedded within the first meeting of ITU's new Focus Group on ''Bridging the Gap: from Innovation to Standards", takes place at ITU headquarters in Geneva, 20-21 March. The goal of this workshop is to showcase ICT innovations of both developed and developing countries, with a view to determining which will demand future standardization.

The workshop runs from  9h30 until 12h30 on Tuesday the 20th, and 9h30 till 13h00 on Wednesday the 21st. To participate remotely, enter the room as a ‘guest’ by providing your full name, organization and country here: http://itu.adobeconnect.com/fg-innovation/


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Monday, March 19, 2012 9:23:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 16, 2012

Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between ITU and the four standardisation bodies of China, Japan and Korea (CJK) last year, see press release here Malcolm Johnson, Director of the ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, led a delegation from the ITU Secretariat to the eleventh CJK Meeting (CJK-11) 14-16 March at the Seagaia Convention Centre in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. The Indian standards body GISFI also attended the meeting as an observer as it has requested to join the MoU.

The meeting addressed global ICT standardization questions of common interest to the region’s key standards bodies: ARIB, CCSA, TTA and TTC.

In his opening speech Johnson noted that CJK governments together account for 15 per cent of the total financial contributions received by ITU from Member States, and private entities from these nations account for 20 per cent of the contributions ITU-T receives from the private sector. Moreover, CJK makes a significant number contribution to ITU meetings: 38 percent more contributions in 2011 than in 2009.

Full speech can be seen here.

CJK meetings seek to maintain and improve the commitment to mutual understanding and cooperation, and recognise the imperative of coordinated international standards for the sound progression of each of the countries’ ICT industries.  The meeting identified the following topics as candidates for collaboration under the MoU: M2M and Dynamic Spectrum Access; Future IMT; smart grid; cloud computing and security; and the work on environment and climate change.

The Deputy Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau, Fabio Leite, also participated in the meeting stressing the importance of collaboration with ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R), in particular on M2M access networks where there is a clear need for interoperability between radio-based systems.

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Friday, March 16, 2012 9:00:07 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, March 14, 2012

ITU-T’s Focus Group on Cloud Computing has completed its preliminary study into cloud computing’s standardization ecosystem and has released its FG Cloud Technical Report (Parts 1 to 7)  . The reports signal the conclusion of the Focus Group’s study period and its findings come to form input for the cloud computing work taking place across the ITU-T under the leadership of Study Group 13 (Future Networks), overseen by the Joint Coordination Activity on Cloud Computing.
 
Clear industry demand for the technology and the promise of new revenues to ICT players has led to great market optimism, with one forecast predicting that global cloud IP traffic will account for more than one-third of total data center traffic by 2015. Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2010–2015.
 
International standards will be key to ensuring a competitive market for cloud service provision, one where services are affordable and the clouds offered by different vendors interoperate. FG Cloud’s Technical Reports provide a detailed overview of cloud computing standardization and benefits from telecommunication and ICT perspectives. Two new cloud services categories are identified, communication and network as a service (CaaS and NaaS). In addition, cloud ecosystems and a first ICT cloud reference architecture are defined. These outputs will form a strong reference base for the ITU-T Study Groups engaged with cloud standards development.
 
Technical Reports - seven separate but complementary reports:

1)            Introduction to the cloud ecosystem: definitions, taxonomies, use cases and high-level requirements
2)            Functional requirements and reference architecture
3)            Requirements and framework architecture of cloud infrastructure
4)            Cloud resource management gap analysis
5)            Cloud security
6)            Overview of SDOs involved in cloud computing
7)            Cloud computing benefits from telecommunication and ICT perspectives
 
The interest sparked by ITU’s cloud computing work has resulted in several new memberships. For more on our cloud activities, please see the ITU Joint Coordination Activity on Cloud Computing, ITU-T Study Group 13  (Future networks) and other Study Groups 17, 2, 5.

 

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 9:19:27 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |