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Whilst communications technologies have evolved drastically in the past five years, the story of the black box remains unchanged from 30 years ago
Malaysian Minister for Communications and Multimedia Ahmad Shabery Cheek, urging ITU to update "black box" standards following the loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ...Full Story
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Blog Branding Blues: Can a Blog Divided Against Itself Long Stand?
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...And then it happened to me, too. For years I've been writing about lots of topics (see the index at left), but for the first five or six years, all of those areas of interest seemed able to co-exist happily under one virtual roof. But then I decided to try my hand at fiction, and then the bickering started. What about me?!? the factual topics would say, if neglected too long. And What about me? one half of the readers seemed to wondering, if I stayed too long in the wrong genre.
And so it came to the inevitable parting of the ways. Since the house had originally been owned by fiction, not surprisingly…
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Take F2: NIST's Latest, Most Accurate Time Standard Debuts
NIST Techbeat – April 15, 2014: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has officially launched a new atomic clock, called NIST-F2, to serve as a new U.S. civilian time and frequency standard, along with the current NIST-F1 standard.
NIST-F2 would neither gain nor lose one second in about 300 million years, making it about three times as accurate as NIST-F1, which has served as the standard since 1999. Both clocks use a "fountain" of cesium atoms to determine the exact length of a second.
NIST scientists recently reported the first official performance data for NIST-F2, which has been under development for a decade, to the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM), located near Paris, France. That agency collates data from atomic clocks around the world to produce Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the international standard of time. According to BIPM data, NIST-F2 is now the world's most accurate time standard. ...Full Story
World's first Water Stewardship Standard is released
Click Green – April 15, 2014: The first international Water Stewardship Standard, a global framework to promote sustainable freshwater use, has been released by the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS).
The Standard defines globally applicable, consistent criteria for sustainable management and use of the world's limited freshwater resources.... ...Full Story
ITU to work on standards for future Flight Data Recorders
ITU-T – April 14, 2014: The Malaysian Minister for Communications and Multimedia called upon ITU to develop leading edge standards to facilitate the transmission of flight data in real time. He was speaking at the opening of the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference taking place in Dubai.
This follows the tragic disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 on 8 March while on a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing....whilst communications technologies have evolved drastically in the past five years, the story of the black box remains unchanged from 30 years ago...."ITU will invite avionics and aircraft manufacturers along with satellite operators and airlines to work on new standards to track aircraft in real time,"... ...Full Story
Cloud Industry Forum partners with Data Centre Alliance to push for industry transparency Cloud SaaS
CBR – April 14, 2014: Non-profit bodies representing the cloud and data centre industries have partnered in order to hold cloud computing companies to account.
The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and Data Centre Alliance (DCA) said they hope the move will help create common standards of transparency, trust and security across cloud and data centre providers.
The bodies are formed of industry experts, and another goal of the partnership will be to educate end users of cloud and data centre services on the issues they need to be aware of.
The DCA's executive director, Simon Campbell-Whyte, said: "The widespread adoption of cloud computing has highlighted the need for a common standard that ensures transparency, capability and accountability amongst both cloud service providers and data centres.... ...Full Story
ITU Conference sets agenda for future ICT development
ITU-T – April 14, 2014: The Dubai Action Plan, adopted today by the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference, sets the agenda for telecommunication and information and communication technology development over the next four years.
Under the theme 'Broadband for Sustainable Development', the Conference focused on development priorities and agreed on the programmes, projects and initiatives to implement them. The theme underlines ITU's commitment to leverage broadband as a catalyst to meet the goals of sustainable development.
The Dubai Declaration states that "Universal and affordable access to telecommunications and information and communication technologies is essential for the world's economic, social and cultural development, and contributes to building a global economy and information society. Widespread access to and accessibility of telecommunications and information and communication technologies applications and services provide new socio-economic opportunities for all people."... ...Full Story
Wireless Innovation Forum Announces New Spectrum Standard Specification Project
Wireless Innovation Forum – April 11, 2014: The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the approval of a new project aimed at the development of an open, cross-domain standard specification and an open-source reference implementation of that specification available to the public.The Open Standard Spectrum Resource Format (Open SSRF) is a project of the Forum's Spectrum Innovation Committee....SSRF is a government specification published by the Military Communications Electronics Board and is issued under the authority of DOD Directive 5100.35. SSRF is aligned with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Office of Spectrum Managements Data Dictionary (OSMDD) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Spectrum Management Allied Data Exchange Format – eXtensible Markup Language (SMADEF-XML). The specification defines standard data elements for the automated exchange of radio-frequency (RF) spectrum-related data.... ...Full Story
ISO 20022 Payment SEG Approves Standalone Remittance Messages Submitted by IFX Forum
IFX Forum – April 11, 2014: The Interactive Financial eXchange (IFX; http://www.ifxforum.org) Forum, which took the lead role in a collaborative effort to develop a new international standard for standalone electronic remittance messages, today announced that the ISO 20022 Payment Standard Evaluation Group has approved this submission, and the messages will soon be published as part of the ISO 20022 standard.
The IFX Forum, a submitting organization to ISO 20022, is an international non-profit industry association whose mission is to develop and promote the adoption of its open, interoperable standard for financial data exchange. Remittance information is exchanged between a buyer and a seller to "explain" a payment. ISO 20022 is an international standard for financial services messaging, with a repository containing descriptions of messages and business processes.... ...Full Story
AIM Partners with Industry Leaders to Launch RAIN RFID Alliance
AIM org – April 11, 2014: AIM, a leading industry association and worldwide authority on barcode, RFID, RTLS and mobile computing, announced the formation of the RAIN RFID Alliance, bringing together industry leaders dedicated to promoting the international adoption of UHF RFID.
The name RAIN, which stands for RAdio-frequency IdentificatioN, symbolizes the synergy between UHF RFID and the cloud as well as the infinite presence of UHF RFID tags and applications. The RAIN RFID Alliance (RAIN) will promote awareness, education, programs, and initiatives to accelerate the growth and adoption of ISO–IEC 18000-63 / UHF Gen2 RFID in business and consumer applications worldwide.
Founding Alliance members, Google, Impinj, Intel and Smartrac join AIM to launch this effort.
The Alliance will begin accepting members immediately,... ...Full Story
Granta Launches Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium
Granta – April 11, 2014: At today's SAE World Congress in Detroit, MI, Granta Design announced the launch of the Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium ('AutoMatIC'). This new industry collaboration will bring together OEMs and suppliers in the automotive and off-highway vehicle sectors to develop best practice for materials information and its use. It will help these members as they aim to increase engineering productivity, lower costs, improve product performance, lower risk associated with materials supply and regulations on restricted substances, and make the most of investments in simulation and PLM. AutoMatIC is modeled on two projects that have pioneered the industrial application of materials information technology: the Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC) and the Environmental Materials Information Technology (EMIT) Consortium.
Accessing accurate materials data within CAD—one of the important capabilities that will be enhanced and applied through the work of the Consortium.
In a climate of aggressive deadlines, major redesigns, and reduced physical prototyping, the automotive industry is acknowledging the strategic importance of accurate, controlled materials information. This information is essential to initiatives involving virtual product development, materials substitution, supply chain qualification, certification, and risk assessment. Automotive organizations also need to keep up with a rapidly-evolving materials landscape, understanding and applying innovations in areas such as higher-strength steels and composite materials. Good materials data and effective materials decisions are essential in optimizing product designs for global manufacturing, 'lightweighting', and emissions reduction.
A strong base of technology already exists to manage materials information, deploy it for use, and turn it into material intelligence that can have business impact. The AutoMatIC project will further enhance this technology for automotive applications. Competitive advantage will accrue to member organizations, as they will be able to adopt and apply these tools with maximum speed and effect as well as benefiting from sharing experiences and networking with other members at regular Consortium meetings.
The Consortium will begin an initial three-year phase in June. Founding members will be announced before the first meeting later this year and are expected to include leading OEMs and suppliers from the US and Europe. The project is open to any organization in the relevant sectors interested in applying materials information technology....In supporting the work of the Consortium, Granta will provide members with access to technology, data, and project work including: software to manage corporate materials data; innovative tools to integrate materials data into CAD, PLM, and simulation; leading reference data sources on automotive steels, lightweight alloys, polymers, and composites; and the outcomes of collaborations in areas such as data generation for steel and composite crash models, and restricted substance reporting.... ...Full Story
Consortium launches platform to share data from cancer trials
Healio.com – April 10, 2014: The Life Sciences Consortium of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer today announced the launch of the Project Data Sphere initiative, a platform designed to facilitate the sharing, integration and analysis of data from phase 3, comparator arm cancer trials. The platform, developed with SAS Institute Inc., will provide cancer trial datasets from academic and commercial institutions, as well as analytic tools to all registered users.... ...Full Story
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