Telecom, Radio Standards Organizations Identify Areas of Focus
June 12, 2006
The Eleventh Global Standards Collaboration meeting (GSC-11) was hosted by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). More than 100 participants from nine participating standards organizations (PSOs) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) attended.
The meeting identified the following new topics for collaboration:
- Mobile multimedia broadcast and multicast systems, supporting both commercial and public safety applications.
- Internet Protocol Television (IPTV).
- Information and communication technology (ICT) to aid the delivery of healthcare services.
Other results of the GSC included:
- Ongoing collaboration on Next-Generation Networks (NGN) standardization since GSC-10 resulting in a convergence of fixed and mobile networking approaches.
- Importance of building and maintaining cyber security.
- A role for networking standards to enable radio frequency identification (RFID)-based applications.
- Support for evolving 3G and other new wireless broadband access technologies to make access to advanced information and communications technology (ICT) services anytime and anywhere a reality.
- Potential of communications technology to relay safety messages.
The GSC also readopted its positions on intellectual property rights (IPR) policy and open standards.
The Global Telecommunications Standards Collaboration (GTSC) and Global Radio Standards Collaboration (GRSC) meetings are part of the Global Standards Collaboration. The GRSC and GTSC meetings aim to establish objectives to accelerate the process of global telecommunication and radio standards development, promoting interconnectivity and interoperability.
Specific resolutions on the following topics were agreed upon:
- Continuing cooperation on International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) standardization.
- Emergency communications.
- Radio frequency identification (RFID).
- Open standards.
- Healthcare ICT standards.
- IPTV standards.
- Global ultra wideband (UWB) standardization.
- Automotive crash notification.
- Support for vehicle safety messaging.
- Terminology for software-defined radios (SDR).
- Support for World Standards Cooperation (WSC) event on ICT in motor vehicles.
- Facilitating liaison in relation to measurement methodologies for assessing human exposure to RF energy.
- Mobile multimedia broadcast and multicast.
- Public protection and disaster relief.
- Cyber security.
- Home networking.
- Intellectual property rights policies.
- Broadband services in rural and remote areas.
- Facilitating liaison in relation to measurement methodologies, associated measurement uncertainty and calibration.
- Personally identifiable information protection.
- User needs, considerations and involvement.
- Wireless access systems including radio local area network and ad hoc networking, particularly for systems providing broadband wireless access.
- Radio microphones and cordless audio standardization.
- Security and lawful interception.
- IP over wireless.
- Intelligent transportation systems.
- Satellite services.
- Communications onboard aircraft.
- NGN: architecture, protocols, end-to-end quality-of-service, network management, lawful/legal interception, service platforms and interworking of services.