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NIST Standards in Trade Conference to Focus on Conformity Assessment in the ASEAN Region
NIST – March 3, 2014: The National Institute of Standards and Technology, Standards Coordination Office will hold a Standards in Trade Conference for ASEAN Economies on Conformity Assessment in the Electrical and Electronics Sectors on
March 24-27, 2014, in Gaithersburg, Maryland on the campus of NIST, the U.S. national metrology institute.
The objective of this meeting is to share best practices that will support the evolving ASEAN's standards cooperation and economic integration goals as the ASEAN community moves toward its goal of economic integration by 2015. The information exchange will focus on conformity assessment as a key component of trade practice and regulation, and the role of product marking to support Conformity Assessment programs. The agenda will cover the U.S. standards and conformity system and include reports from all ASEAN economies on their conformity assessment and standardization practices.... ...Full Story
IEC Approves OpenADR Specification
OpenADR Alliance – March 3, 2014: The OpenADR Alliance today announced that the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has approved the OpenADR 2.0b Profile Specification as a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) IEC/PAS 62746-10-1 as a basis for a new commission standard to be developed. The level of international support for the PAS validates the global importance of the OpenADR smart grid specification....The OpenADR 2.0a Profile Specification released in August 2012, supports the simplest devices installed in commercial, industrial and residential environments to enable broad-based and completely automated participation in DR events. The OpenADR 2.0b Profile Specification is designed for more sophisticated devices supporting most DR services and markets. It includes flexible reporting capabilities for past, current and future data reports.... ...Full Story
STAR Certification will boost confidence in cloud security
BitCloud – February 28, 2014: The Cloud Security Alliance has teamed up with business standards company 'BSI Incorporating NCSI' to create a new standard for security of cloud services and an independent system of certification for conformance to it....STAR Certification would provide organisations and consumers with a clear benchmark on which to evaluate the performance of a cloud service provider.
The CSA's STAR Certification combines assessment for conformance to the well-established ISO/IEC 27001:2005 management system standard and the CSA's CSA Cloud Control Matrix, a specified set of criteria that measures the capability levels of the cloud service.
According to CSA, whilst ISO/IEC 27001 is widely respected there can be a perception that it does not focus in sufficient detail on certain areas of security that are critical for particular sectors such as cloud security. This, it says, is where STAR Certification comes in, by providing a service that sets standards specific to cloud computing security.... ...Full Story
Searching for the signal of open standards amid the growing noise of agile
ComputerWeekly.com – February 28, 2014: It's now almost six years since I wrote a paper entitled Open Source and Open Standards: Reforming IT Procurement in Government for George Osborne, suggesting that, if elected, the Tories should place the rigorous pursuit of open standards at the heart of their approach to IT....
For some of us at the time, the way out was open standards. Why?
Open standards was more than just a rallying cry for sharing equipment openly. It meant breaking down huge IT into smaller chunks of standardised, interoperable components, or transactions, which could be reused across government.
Unfortunately, for all its undeniable strengths, agile is in danger of becoming a fetish - something imbued with additional symbolic charge over and above its actual meaning....If we could only have the self-discipline to standardise our demand across government for common building blocks, we would create a ready market, in which a host of large and small suppliers would willingly innovate and compete....Amid the growing noise across government of crowds enthusiastically chanting "agile!", I worry that the signal of open standards is growing fainter – and with it, the possibility of a genuine IT and service revolution..... ...Full Story
Bitcoin is Not a Currency: It's Surreal Economics
Ideas Today, Politics Tomorrow – February 27, 2014: The popular bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox closed on Monday after a leaked "crisis strategy" document revealed that approximately 750,000 bitcoins had been stolen from online vaults. Customers were infuriated, but few were surprised. For weeks, Mt. Gox had been delaying withdrawals, and the company had moved out of its offices in Tokyo. Members of the Internet avant-garde, wearing Google Glass and holding MacBooks, were protesting outside of the closed offices as early as February 13....But after collapsing to $450 on Tuesday, the price of bitcoins has recovered soared above $550 in 24 hours. Investors are still buying bitcoins… in droves. That's not a market correction–that's insanity. Bitcoin's not a currency–it's a speculative commodity.... ...Full Story
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of this has already happened...The Alexandria Project mat turn out to be a Crystal Ball
Amazon Reader Reviews – February 27, 2014: What makes the book terrifyingly entertaining is how realistic it is. You'll never touch a credit card again - and you'll want to drop off the grid thoroughly like Thoreau. But you CAN'T. They're EVERYWHERE! ...Full Story
OpenDaylight, Hydrogen, and the Vagaries of Open Networking
Enterprise Networking Planet – February 27, 2014: Open source is emerging as a key requirement for software defined infrastructure, particularly when it comes to the network layer. But how open does SDN really have to be? And do we run the risk of integration issues and other compatibility problems even among systems that share the same open source architectures?.
In theory, open source and open standards should alleviate these concerns. But any IT expert will tell you that open systems do not guarantee plug-and-play compatibility. Quite often, deployment of open platforms requires a lengthy integration phase, which can even require input from outside specialists, adding to the supposedly lower cost of open hardware and software.
Software defined networking, however, seems to have embraced open standards from the beginning, namely through the OpenFlow and OpenStack protocols. And the OpenDaylight Project, backed by many of the leading proprietary systems developers, recently released its Hydrogen platform. OpenDaylight Hydrogen aims to provide a fully open standard for everything from the SDN controller to the OpenFlow plugin, the service abstraction layer and even configuration and management tools.... ...Full Story
FIDO Alliance Standard to Boost Authentication, Eliminate Passwords
eWeek – February 27, 2014: An industry consortium that aims to establish online standards for two-factor and biometric authentication released the first draft of its technical specifications this week....The open specification calls for two methods of improving authentication for users online. The first, known as the universal second factor (U2F), lets a service provider give users the ability to use any device, token or passcode generator as a second factor to strengthen authentication. The second method, known as the universal authentication framework (UAF), gives users the ability to register their device and use a biometric or other method to log into a Web service.... ...Full Story
Alliance for Wireless Power to pursue new 50W standard
The Register – February 26, 2014: The Alliance for Wireless Power has announced that Dell has joined the group, and also outlined a plan to revise its technology so it is capable of delivering 50w of power.
That the two nuggets of news were announced in the same canned statement is notable, because the alliance lauds Dell as the "first major PC original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to join a wireless power standards organization."
That statement also says the Alliance has announced "... a secondary, higher-powered initiative focusing on wirelessly charging electronic products from 20 to 50 watts, like Ultrabooks, laptops, and mid-powered appliances."... ...Full Story
Wireless charging alliances teaming up to work toward a cable-free world
TechHive – February 26, 2014: ...[A]nyone who's ever had to fumble around for a charging cable—so, everyone—should be interested to know that wireless charging took an important baby step toward ubiquity on Tuesday: The Alliance for Wireless Power and the Power Matters Alliance have agreed to make their two standards work together.
Wireless charging is a great feature—so convenient, so free of wires. But up until now it hasn't caught on in a big way, largely because the multiple standards used by the current wave of products don't work together....Tuesday's agreement doesn't mean that suddenly resonance charging and inductive charging will become interchangeable. Instead, both groups will adopt the other's specs in their own specs for transmitters and receivers. Essentially, they'll coexist side by side to keep those electrons flowing to your phone in perfect harmony.... ...Full Story
Top EU, US trade officials aim to set global standards
Alliance News – February 26, 2014: The top US and EU trade officials [have] set a high goal for ongoing transatlantic trade talks, saying that two of the world's largest markets want to continue to play the leading role in setting world standards and norms....
The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) would create the world's largest free-trade area with the goal of spurring much-needed growth and jobs....
Since tariffs are already low, the greatest gains are intended to be made by coming up with common regulations and standards - for example, in car safety or the pharmaceutical industry. That would also reduce costs for exporters....If the US and EU manage to agree on uniform rules and standards, it would probably severely handicap China's efforts to go it alone and set its own autonomous standards, according to Edward Alden, a US expert at the think tank Council on Foreign Relations.... ...Full Story
Wireless Charging: Still Plenty of Kinks in the Cord
Gnomes News – February 26, 2014: As personal devices proliferate — smartphones, wearable fitness bands, Kindles, tablets, smart glasses — our charger collections are starting to look like the electrical outlet in the movie "A Christmas Story."
Wireless charging to the rescue? Not quite. The concept has been caught in a slow-moving standards war.... ...Full Story
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