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6 emerging standards battling it out for the Internet of Things The Boardroom
CBR.com – August 20, 2014: Which group will solve the interoperability problem?
1. The Thread Group
Developed by Google's Nest Labs, ARM and Samsung, Thread is designed to build a low-power mesh network as an alternative to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and more.
Thread, which uses 2.4GHz unlicensed spectrum, is built on existing standards, such as IEEE 802.15.4, IETF IPv6 and 6LoWPAN, meaning that existing devices which use ZigBee / 6LoWPAN etc. can easily migrate to Thread.... ...Full Story
Army turns to open architecture to plot its future in robotics
FederalNewsRadio – August 19, 2014: The Army's emerging strategy for buying and modernizing its ground based robotics systems relies heavily on open architectures, open standards and open source software....to keep costs down and maximize flexibility, the service is employing a strategy that emphasizes open architectures, reusable, interchangeable components and common, publicly defined interfaces between individual subsystems,...One significant employment of the strategy, which Shyu formally approved last week, will be the replacement of the Army's TALON system, which is nearing the end of its service life. A full-fledged successor, increment two of the Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) isn't expected to be fully deployed until 2021. It will enforce a set of open standards and interfaces the Army is adopting, but a "bridging strategy" will also insist on the use of open architectures and technology reuse, while the Army fields intermediate systems in the meantime...."The architectural standard was worked in conjunction with industry. It wasn't something we just thought up ourselves and threw up on the table," she said. "And the plug-and-play interface will be provided to industry to enable competition."
The Army has been working since 2011 to build what it calls the Unmanned Ground Vehicle Interoperability Profile (IOP), a collection of both hardware and software standards that will define how individual subsystems like radios and cameras within a robotic system communicate with one another, plus the hardware specifications those components will need to meet.
The first version of the still-evolving standard set aimed to document all of the interfaces in the systems the service already owns in an effort to break them down into discrete, identifiable modules.... ...Full Story
RISC-V: An Open Standard for SoCs The case for an open ISA
Krste Asanović & David Patterson
EETimes – August 14, 2014: Systems-on-a-chip (SoCs), where the processors and caches are a small part of the chip, are becoming ubiquitous. Thus many more companies today are making chips that include processors than in the past. Given that the industry has been revolutionized by open standards and open-source software -- like TCP/IP and Linux -- why is one of the most important interfaces proprietary?
While instruction set architectures (ISAs) may be proprietary for historical or business reasons, there is no good technical reason for the lack of free, open ISAs....We conclude that the industry would benefit from viable, freely open ISAs just as it has benefited from freely open versions of the software stack. For example, it would enable a real, free, open market of processor designs, which patents on ISA quirks prevent. This could lead to:
Greater innovation via free-market competition from many more designers, including open vs. proprietary implementations of the ISA.
-Shared, open core designs, which would mean shorter time to market, lower cost due reuse, fewer errors given many more eyeballs, and transparency that would make it hard, for example, for government agencies to add secret trap doors.
-Affordable processors for more devices, which would help expand the Internet of Things, whose target cost could be only $1.... ...Full Story
Updated NIST Guide Provides Computer Security Assessment Procedures for Core Security Controls
NIST Techbeat – August 13, 2014: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued for public comment a draft update of its primary guide to assessing the security and privacy controls that safeguard federal information systems and networks. Public comments are due by Sept. 26, 2014.
NIST publishes two complementary publications that together provide its basic guidance and recommendations for ensuring data security and privacy protection in federal information systems and organizations, a role assigned to NIST under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). The publications are so famous they are generally known just by their numbers.... ...Full Story
LibreOffice is coming to Android
TechRepublic – August 12, 2014: I've been hoping to see this headline for some time now. At the first LibreOffice Conference, the Document Foundation announced its plans to migrate LibreOffice to mobile devices. The plan didn't include a total rewrite of the code, but repurposing at least 90% of the current code base. That meant the majority of the work was already done. That last remaining 10%? The user interface. The 90% already compiles on Android -- so there is a working model. Of course, what good is a working model without an interface to go along with it?
But the single most important question to ask is "why"? Why is it so important for LibreOffice to make it to the mobile platform? I can answer that with three simple words:
Open Document Format... ...Full Story
The Connected Car, Part 1: The Future Starts Now - Will Linux Drive It?
Jack M. Germain
LinuxInsider – August 11, 2014: Tomorrow's connected cars will go beyond infotainment apps provided by Microsoft, Google or Apple. They will combine cloud-based services that enhance automotive safety and driving convenience with a broad range of supplemental services. These connected cars will be shaking handles with all the appliances in the Internet of Things that car owners will be able to control from behind the wheel.... ...Full Story
TIA is Pioneering New Standard to Address Cybersecurity Concerns of Telecom Networks
Telecom Reseller – August 6, 2014: The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced that its TR-42.1 Engineering Committee on Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling is developing an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standard, known as TIA-5017, to address the physical network security of information and communications technology (ICT) networks.... ...Full Story
Cybersecurity should be professionalized
ComputerWorld – August 5, 2014: The time is ripe for industry and government stakeholders to consider professionalizing cybersecurity, according to a report from Salve Regina University's Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy (download PDF)....
Demand for cybersecurity skills is increasing exponentially, but the educational, training and certification processes to prep people for careers in the field continue to be highly decentralized, ad hoc and non-standard.
"We not only have a shortage of the highly technically skilled people required to operate and support systems already deployed, but also an even more desperate shortage of people who can design secure systems, write safe computer codes" and create the tools needed to prevent, detect and mitigate attacks and system failures, the study said.
Too many organizations lack the right skills for building and managing secure infrastructures and for dealing with attacks. And those wishing to pursue careers in cybersecurity as a career, have few clearly defined roles and career paths, the authors of study noted.... ...Full Story
LibreOffice makes its case as open source alternative to MS Office
C/Net.com – August 4, 2014: After a headline lull, LibreOffice on Wednesday renewed its drive to replace Microsoft Office with the newest version of its open source suite of applications.
The latest update comes as the organization behind LibreOffice says that its products are now being used by some 80 million users around the world. In contrast, only 10 million users had downloaded the software by Sept. 2011....Executives from The Document Foundation expressed confidence about getting 200 million active users worldwide before the end of the decade. Italo Vignoli, one of the founders of The Document Foundation, also expressed hope that a decision governing the use of open source software by the UK government will prove to be a harbinger of more rapid adoption....the French government has already deployed LibreOffice on about a half million computers while Spain's Valencia region has installed the program on 120,000 desktops....he most absurd thing you can say. You need marketing for every product. Even if you don't use marketing, you need a strategy on how to bring the product to market.... ...Full Story
ISCC Selects American National Standards Institute as an Accreditation Body
ANSI.org – August 1, 2014: International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) has selected the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an accreditation body for its certification system for sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions.
ISCC and ANSI signed an MOU to cooperate in an independent third-party program to accredit certification bodies that will be conducting ISCC certification. ANSI and ISCC will regularly assess, monitor, and oversee these certification bodies for continuous compliance with ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS certification scheme requirements.... ...Full Story
Deepening Reform of Standards Requires Overall Planning and Breakthroughs
USITO.org Weekly – July 31, 2014: On July 17, the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) held a meeting to discuss the further reform of the standardization system. During the meeting, SAC director general Tian Shihong (also a member of the Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine Administration (AQSIQ) leading group) summarized previous achievements and reviewed the overall reform process.
According to Mr. Tian, standardization system reform has made positive progress on technical standard system construction, consortia standards development, enterprise standardization management, social credit code system reform, standardization system planning and standardization law amendments. He identified a number of areas requiring further progress in 2014, including technical standard system construction, social credit code system reform, social group standard development, and enterprise standard filing-for-record system reform. ...Full Story
Bernard F. Collins II, Senior Advisor with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Speaks about the Value of Standardization and How Standards Boost Business
ANSI Weekly News – July 31, 2014: Standards and conformity assessment activities impact almost every aspect of life in the U.S., they are inseparably linked to all facets of our national economy, and are vital to the continued global competitiveness of the U.S. In fact, they influence an estimated 80% of global merchandise trade – or about $14 trillion.
Bernard F. Collins II, senior advisor for the Director of Science and Technology in the Acquisition, Technology and Facilities Directorate for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, recently spoke with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) about his work evaluating the space industrial base and improving satellite acquisition through the use of standardization....The following is part one of a three part interview.... ...Full Story
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