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The Fully Networked Car at the Geneva International Motor Show
ITU to Host Workshop on Information and Communication Technologies in Vehicles

Geneva, 8 February 2005 — ITU and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) are partnering with one of the world's largest automobile events — the Geneva International Motor Show — to host a workshop 2-4 March, focusing on the synergy between the information and communication technologies (ICT) and the automotive sector.

The Fully Networked Car: A Workshop on ICT in Vehicles, will be a unique meeting of key players from the automotive and ICT sectors, offering both an opportunity to exchange ideas on the future of ICT in motor vehicles. The event is free and open to the public.

ICT in cars is an area of significant interest and impact. All major car manufacturers are looking to incorporate some level of ICT functionality into their vehicles. The fully networked car is a goal of manufacturers seeking to offer improved safety and a better experience for the driver.

One topic discussed will be the introduction of systems that allow communication with nearby vehicles, for example to communicate that a car is hydroplanning and to advise nearby cars of the appropriate action. Another session will focus on a pan-European emergency call system. Experts will discuss how automatically generated ‘in-vehicle’ emergency calls (e-Calls) can speed-up emergency service response and potentially reduce the number of fatalities, severity of injuries and stress in post-crash situations.

Key to the focus of the event will be to show the value of establishing better communication between standards development organizations (SDOs), and how this type of collaboration advances the industry, and avoids counterproductive duplication of effort. A panel of global experts will frame the major issues and engage the audience in discussion on this important topic. Among speakers are high-level representatives from BMW, Bosch, Cisco, France Telecom, Magna Electronics, Motorola, Nissan, NTT DoCoMo, PSA Peugeot CitroŰn, Swisscom and Volvo.

Several segments will specifically target decision-makers. These sessions will examine topics such as the need for consensus between the public and private sectors and business models for interlinking the car and telecom businesses. Additional technically-oriented sessions will examine topics such as telematics and diagnostics, safety, the integration of in-vehicle systems with existing telecommunications infrastructures, and communications and the mobile office.

The Fully Networked Car workshop will take place from 2 to 4 March 2005 during the Motor Show at the Congress Centre, Palexpo, Geneva. It is open to industry experts and interested public.

For more information click here or contact:

Mr Toby Johnson
Communications Officer
ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
Tel: +41 22 730 5877
Mr Paolo Rosa
Communications Coordinator
ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
Tel: +41 22 730 5235

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