|[July 28, 2014]
World's Leading ICT Standards Organizations Collaborate on Emerging Technologies
SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France --(Business Wire)--
The 18th meeting of the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC),
a senior-level gathering of the world's leading information and
communication technologies (ICT) standards organizations, took place on
22 - 23 July 2014, hosted by ETSI (News - Alert) (European Telecommunications Standards
Institute) in Sophia Antipolis, France.
GSC enhances co-operation among standards organizations from different
regions of the world to facilitate the exchange of information on
standards development, build synergies and reduce duplication of work.
This GSC meeting focused on three topics where standards play a major
role in the development of technologies that bring benefits to consumers
and businesses: critical communications, machine to machine
communications and software defined networking.
The GSC coverage of critical communications included subjects such as
communications systems for public safety services, large-scale public
warning systems, emergency calling systems and communications systems
for disaster relief situations. Standards address each of these systems
and there is a wealth of experience regarding their use in each region
of the globe. It is essential that lessons learned be taken into
account, and that teams of disaster relief specialists do not face
communications difficulties from incompatible equipment. The GSC seeks
to reduce these difficulties and improve critical communications
services through global harmonization of standards.
The interconnection of billions of devices and their generation of 'big
data' was also a topic of discussion at this GSC meeting. The many
standardization initiatives underway and the relationships between them
were explored. The success of machine to machine communications and the
Internet of Things (IoT) will depend on the availability of globally
accepted standards and associated economies of scale. The GSC members,
together with a number of participating stakeholder organizations from
the healthcare, automotive and other industries, discussed the
development of M2M/IoT standardization.
The GSC meeting discussed the rapidly progressing topics of network
functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networks (SDN),
which will provide greater flexibility to network operators, allowing
them to provide new services faster and more efficiently. The GSC
meeting provided an opportunity to better understand the many
distributed and potentially complementary industry initiatives, as well
as the synergies between NFV and SDN. Speakers shared details of the
progress that has been made in setting the architectural frameworks, use
cases and proofs of concept upon which current and future
standardization activities will be based.
A delegation from the Government of India participated in this meeting
and announced TSDSI (Telecommunications Standards Development Society,
India) as their national telecommunications standards organization.
GSC welcomed two new members at this meeting: the IEEE
Standards Association (IEEE (News - Alert)-SA) and the Telecommunications Standards
Development Society, India (TSDSI). With these new members, GSC now
includes the following standards organizations:
Association of Radio Industries and Businesses - Japan
- Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions - U.S.
China Communications Standards Association
European Telecommunications Standards Institute
- IEEE Standards Association
ICT Standards Advisory Council of Canada
International Telecommunication Union
Telecommunications Industry Association (News - Alert) - U.S.
- Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India
Telecommunications Technology Association - Korea
Telecommunication Technology Committee - Japan
Guest representatives from the following organizations were also present:
For further information on this GSC meeting please consult www.etsi.org/gsc-18.
Information on past GSC meetings is available from www.itu.int/ITU-T/gsc.
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