Deputy Director General, Department of Communications, Republic of South Africa,
Mr. Gift Buthelezi, representing H.E. Ms Dina Pule, Minister of Communications,
Professor Francis William Petersen, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & the
Built Environment at the University of Cape Town
Professor Mitsuji Matsumoto, Global Information and Telecommunication Studies,
Graduate School of Waseda University, Japan
Mr Graeme Allan, Executive- Network Infrastructure Provisioning, South Zone,
Telkom SA Ltd
Our distinguished chairman, Dr Mostafa Hashem Sherif, AT&T, USA
Ladies and Gentlemen
Colleagues and friends
It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to the 2011 Kaleidoscope Academic
Conference in such a lovely campus in the beautiful city of Cape Town.
Firstly, I would like to thank the Department of Communications of the Republic
of South Africa, without whom this event would not have been possible.
Many thanks are also due to our host, the University of Cape Town, and to our
generous sponsors: Telkom South Africa, Nokia-Siemens Networks, and Research in
Let me also express my gratitude to our partnering organizations: Waseda
University (Japan), the French University of Egypt, the National School of
Information Sciences (Tunisia), the Institute of Image Electronics Engineers of
Japan, and the Association of African Universities.
And to our technical sponsor IEEE.
Before I say a few words on this year’s event, I would like to show you a short
video illustrating how the standards produced by ITU help connect the world.
VIDEO – “Standards in Action”
As you will have seen we ITU is active in many fields such as climate change.
The last two week ITU led an ICT Coalition at COP17 where we succeeded in
raising the awareness of the significant role ICTs can play in mitigating and
adapting to climate change. Also with ensuring our standards provide for persons
with disabilities and we have a Focus Group looking at accessibility of audio
ITU’s interoperable, non-discriminatory international standards are clearly
global tools to improve economic and social welfare.
At the last Kaleidoscope in India, I stressed that standardization is the key to
ensuring that ideas are turned into reality. This year I can add that academia’s
participation in our standardization work will gives it many more ideas and add
much greater value.
Since the beginning of this year Universities are able to join ITU and I am very
pleased to report that we now have 25 academic institutions members of the ITU
standards sector, and many more about to join.
ITU’s membership of 193 member states and over 700 private-sector entities
represents an extraordinary opportunity for academics to bring their ideas to
life through standardization, raise the profiles of their institutions and
uncover potential sources of future funding.
Perhaps more importantly, Academia’s participation in the standardization
process will ensure those that create innovation play a formative role in
determining how their innovations are reflected in standards and public policy.
Academic membership is available with a fee structure affordable to academic
establishments in developed and developing nations, CHF4000 and CHF2000
respectively, and we encourage you to make use of this opportunity to meet
experts from the ICT industry, governments and regulators from around the world.
This is the fourth Kaleidoscope Academic Conference, and the first in Africa,
and we continue to look into the future, with the theme: “The fully-networked
human? – Innovations for future networks and services.”
Today, we have a wealth of technology available to us, and what is now most
important is that we apply this technology in a way that makes our lives easier,
simpler and more convenient.
Human-centric technology, as it has come to be known, is intrinsically designed
to place its user at the centre, with virtualized networks, other IT resources,
services and applications, automatically adapting to the specific circumstances
of the user.
Having ICT adapt and respond to our activities as we perform them, or to our
preferences as we form them, will better synergize our physical and digital
worlds; ensuring a simpler, more personalized engagement with ICTs we are using
A key element in the development of Human-centric ICT networks is the ITU’s
Internet of Things (IoT) Global Standards Initiative, This takes into account
technologies such as Ubiquitous Sensor Networks (USN), Near-field Communication
(NFC), and Radio-frequency Identification (RFID.
ITU welcomes and encourages Academia’s participation in debates surrounding all
of our work. This year’s Kaleidoscope attracted many excellent submissions,
which will surely provide fuel for an illuminating debate on the future of ICT.
84 papers were submitted for peer-review, and 30 were selected for presentation
at the conference. What is particularly encouraging is the proportion of these
papers originating in developing countries. This show the potential there is for
innovation in developing countries, something ITU is encouraging.
This selection of papers is published in both IEEE Xplore Digital Library and
the Kaleidoscope proceedings which you have all received on CD, and I must thank
those who undertook the difficult task of selecting the papers most-deserving of
A prize fund totaling USD 10,000 will be awarded to the authors of the three
Young Author Recognition certificates will be issued to young authors presenting
their ideas, and two BlackBerry PlayBooks will be donated to the presenters of
the two best ranked papers among the recipients of these certificates.
In addition to this conference, there are many ways in which you can stay
involved with ITU and its work. For example:
Finally I would just like to say a word on Kaleidoscope’s Jules Verne Corner,
which is dedicated to science-fiction writers, those dedicated technophiles who
dare to imagine the potential of today’s technology and articulate visions of
its implications for our future. The Corner’s theme this year is “The chip in
the Brain” and, when we consider the potential of human-centric technology, this
may soon be a case where science-fiction soon becomes reality.
- Become a member of ITU.
- Follow and participate in our Technology Watch initiative, in which we very
much encourage the contributions of academia and research institutes.
- Attend, free of charge, our ITU workshops, where we advance existing work
areas and explore new ones.
- ITU also offers remote participation in its major symposia, seminars and
workshops; allowing one to participate in an event, avoiding the financial and
environmental costs of travel.
- Download our ITU standards from our website free of charge.
- We also have a new Q&A s section on the web where you can post a question on
any area of our work… and get a response from one of our many experts.
I thank you all for contributing to the Kaleidoscope series of events, and I
hope that this and future Kaleidoscopes remain the exciting and informative
events they have become.
Thank you for your attention. Please enjoy the conference.