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ITU-T Focus Groups

Focus Groups are an instrument created by ITU-T that augment the Study Group work programme by providing an alternative working environment for the quick development of specifications in their chosen areas. Focus Groups are now widely used to address industry needs as they emerge, and when they are not covered within an existing Study Group. The key difference between Study Groups and Focus Groups is the freedom that they have to organize and finance themselves. Focus Groups can be created very quickly, are usually short-lived and can choose their own working methods, leadership, financing, and types of deliverables.

ITU-T Focus Groups and Recommendation A.7

Focus Groups are an instrument created by ITU–T to provide an additional working environment for the quick development of standards in specific areas. The procedure in ITU-T Rec. A.7 defines how an "arms-length" entity (called a "Focus Group" in ITU-T parlance) can be created to work with an ITU–T Study Group as a parent body while at the same time maintaining a high degree of independence, in particular concerning working methods, types of outputs, membership, financing, and administration. More

FG AC

Focus Group on Aviation Applications of Cloud Computing for Flight Data Monitoring (FG AC)
(In operation since 2014-06)

The Focus Group on Aviation Applications of Cloud Computing for Flight Data Monitoring (FG AC) will identify the requirements for telecommunication standards for an aviation cloud for real-time monitoring of flight data.



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FG DFS

ITU-T Focus Group Digital Financial Services (FG DFS)
(In operation since 2014-06)

The ITU-T Focus Group Digital Financial Services was established by ITU-T TSAG at its meeting in Geneva, 17-20 June 2014. FG-DFS will provide a platform for dialogue among players in the banking/financial and telecom sectors to share information, best practices, develop a series of deliverables and showcasing innovations, policies and standards activities that are taking place in the area of digital financial services.

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FG SSC

Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities (FG SSC)
(In operation since 2013-02)

The FG SSC will act as an open platform for smart-city stakeholders – such as municipalities; academic and research institutes; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and ICT organizations, industry forums and consortia – to exchange knowledge in the interests of identifying the standardized frameworks needed to support the integration of ICT services in smart cities.


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FG Innovation

Focus Group on Bridging the Gap: from Innovation to Standards (FG Innovation)
(in operation since 2012-01)

ITU-T Focus Group on Bridging the Gap: from Innovation to Standards (FG Innovation) was established by ITU-T TSAG at its meeting in Geneva, 10-13 January 2012. The objective of this Focus Group is to document and analyze successful cases of ICT innovations and identify relevant standardization gaps which can lead to new study items for ITU-T.

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FG SWM

Focus Group on Smart Water Management (FG SWM)
(in operation since 2013-06)

The Focus Group on Smart Water Management (FG SWM) was established by the ITU-T TSAG meeting in Geneva, 4-7 June 2013. FG-SWM will provide a platform to share views, develop a series of deliverables and showcasing initiatives, projects, policies and standards activities that are taking place in the area of smart water management.

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