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The Fully Network Car Workshop
 PALEXPO, Geneva, Switzerland  04 March 2009 
Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a pleasure for me to welcome you here today for the opening of this fifth World Standards Cooperation workshop on the topic of information and communications technologies (ICT) for motor vehicles held at the Geneva Motor Show.

As in previous years I would like to thank our sister international standards organization partners in the WSC: the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) for their help in organizing the event together with the steering committee drawing from all corners of the ICT and automotive worlds.

I would also like to thank our sponsors IEEE, Freescale Semiconductor, and Telemobility.

And of course you will have noticed the Lightning GT Car as you came in. We are very grateful to Chris Dell from Lightning for allowing us to showcase this amazing vehicle.

The Lightning car is a symbol of the environmental consciousness that is sweeping this industry.

The main theme of this year’s Fully Networked Car event is, as last year, climate change.

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has called this the moral challenge of our time, and has asked ITU to play a role in combating climate change. We responded and I am pleased to report that we are making good progress towards a standardized methodology that will allow ICT companies to measure their carbon footprint.

It’s a natural step to look at how these technologies can help the motoring industry realize the challenges before it.

This year we are very proud to have such an impressive array of speakers. In our Executive Sessions, we also have Burkhard Göschel, from Magna International, who is also Chairman to the Grand Prix Manufacturers Association (GPMA) and Chairman to the Formula 1 Manufacturers Advisory Committee; Russell Shields, Chairman, Ygomi; Tadao Saito, CTO, Toyota InfoTechnology Center; Hermann Meyer, CEO, ERTICO (ITS Europe); and Ivan Capelli of the Monza Research Institute who many of you will remember as a former Formula 1 driver with Ferrari. I am sure we are all very much looking forward to hearing what they have to say.

The speakers in the workshop programme have been selected to highlight the efficiencies that can be gained by connecting vehicles to a network. By doing so, we can see benefits in terms of traffic management, monitoring and analysis, all of which can help tackle the climate change challenge. A glance through the programme shows some interesting solutions, I am particularly looking forward to learning about efficient parking. Any technology that can help me find a parking space in Geneva will be very welcome!

ICTs will help us to understand what needs to be done and can help to create efficient transport systems for the future. It’s a challenge that is being taken very seriously by the industry and I am very happy to see such a wide variety of participants here today. I hope you will engage with our excellent panelists at the end of each session to discuss these pertinent issues, and especially to identify areas of work for the WSC organizations on international standards.

Following last year’s event ITU started work on a vehicle gateway platform for telecommunication/ITS services/applications, and we welcome your participation in this work. I hope other areas of new work will come from this year’s event.

We are also working on specifications that will enhance communications in vehicles, including the development of requirements and testing methodologies for wideband communications in cars. This work takes place in an ITU Focus Group which means that any interested party (you don’t have to be an ITU-member) can participate.

I am very pleased that the chairman of the focus group – Hans Gierlich, will moderate the Executive session this morning.

In addition ITU hosts the Advisory Panel for Standards Cooperation on Telecommunications related to Motor Vehicles. Its goal is to strengthen cooperation amongst the standards bodies involved in the industry, to improve information exchange between them and avoid duplication of effort as well as to identify open issues in standardization activities.

Other related work in ITU includes studies on performance and QoS, multimedia terminals, ubiquitous applications (e-Everything), network security, electromagnetic compatibility, satellite navigation, transport information and control systems, software defined radio, adaptive antennas, vehicular radar equipment and ultra wide band technologies, to name but a few!

I would like to invite you to become involved in these studies if you are not already. All the details can be found on the ITU website (

I wish you all a very enjoyable and informative two days.


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