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Study Group 16 - Multimedia terminals, systems and applications
  • Area of Responsibility

    Study Group 16 is responsible for studies relating to multimedia service capabilities, and application capabilities (including those supported for NGN). This encompasses multimedia terminals, systems (e.g., network signal processing equipment, multipoint conference units, gateways, gatekeepers, modems, and facsimile), protocols and signal processing (media coding).

  • Lead SG roles

    Study Group 16 has also been designated the Lead Study Group for the following areas:
    • multimedia terminals, systems and applications
    • ubiquitous applications (“e-everything”, such as e-health and e-business)

  • Points of guidance

    Study Group 16 will work on the following items:
    • development of a framework and roadmaps for the harmonized and coordinated development of multimedia telecommunication standardization over wired and wireless networks to provide guidance across all ITU-T and ITU-R study groups (in particular ITU-T SG 9 and ITU-R SG 6), and in close cooperation with other regional and international SDOs and industry forums; these studies will include mobility, IP and interactive broadcasting aspects, close cooperation between ITU-T and ITU-R is encouraged at all levels;
    • development and maintenance of a database of existing and planned multimedia standards;
    • development of multimedia end-to-end architectures, including home network environments (HNE);
    • operation of multimedia systems and applications, including interoperability, scalability, interworking over different networks;
    • high-layer protocols for multimedia systems and applications, including NGN applications and services;
    • facsimile communication (facsimile terminals and gateways) and modems;
    • media coding and signal processing;
    • multimedia terminal including facsimile terminals;
    • terminals, network signal processing equipments, gateways implementations, and characteristics;
    • QoS and end-to-end performance in multimedia systems;
    • security of multimedia systems and services;
    • accessibility to multimedia systems and services;
    • ubiquitous applications (“e-everything”, such as e-health, e-business, e-government, multimedia emergency communication for disaster relief).


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