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First 5G Wireless Standard ReleasedChantelle Dubois
–January 23, 2018 - The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) recently released the first version of the 5G standard, finally providing hardware designers and telecommunication providers details to prepare for 5G capable devices...Like all other technology, the 5G standard is an adjustment to the changing and growing technology landscape: the need for greater bandwidth and capacity, less latency, and reliability.
To be fair, the standard isnâ€™t quite complete yet. The current version still requires the use of LTE networks for various features. The complete, standalone version is expected to be released in June 2018 and adoption of the standard isn\'t expected to begin until 2019. This follows the current trend of a new G standard being released every 10 years.
When 3GPP first began discussing what needs the 5G standard would have to meet, they identified four major areas based on 70 use cases:.. Full Story
Automotive Grade Linux gets support from Toyota and Amazon as it eyes autonomous drivingFrederic Lardinois
–January 22, 2018 - Open-source software was once something that large businesses shied away from, but over the course of the last few years, itâ€™s made inroads into virtually every enterprise company. With Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), the Linux Foundation hosts a project that aims to bring open source to the car industry...Toyota is using AGL in the 2018 Camry. Amazon opted to support the project at the silver level...With this, Toyota joins other car manufacturers like Ford, Mazda, Honda, Subaru and Suzuki, as well as suppliers like Denso, Panasonic, LG and chip industry giants like Nvidia, Intel and ARM... What still remains to be decided is where the API boundaries will be. The group may devise its own autonomous driving system or provide the APIs for allowing manufacturers to bring their own AIs. What is clear, though, is that after successfully bringing open source to the infotainment stack of your future car, it has now set its sights on autonomous driving and the ecosystem that is developing around that. Full Story
ETSI plots the obsolescence of mankind with new Working GroupJamie Davies
Jamie Davies, writing at Telecoms.com about ETSI\'s new \ –January 22, 2018 - ETSI has unveiled a new Industry Specification Group: Zero Touch Network and Service Management, which will aim to accelerate network automation; humans beware.
The idea here is relatively simple. With the introduction of new technology such as SDN, NFV and MEC, as well as network slicing just around the corner, the network is becoming increasingly complex. As human error is the most common root cause of any disaster in a business, not just telecoms, higher levels of automation are critical to making sure the network meets the high demands of the consumer...The goal of the ISG, which will have the ZSM acronym, is to create a framework where humans are essentially made redundant. From delivery, deployment, configuration, assurance, and optimization, all operational processes and tasks could be handled with 100% automation... Full Story
FERC Backs NERC Supply Chain StandardsMichael Brooks
–January 22, 2018 - FERC on Thursday proposed to adopt several reliability standards intended to mitigate cybersecurity risks posed by the global supply chain of grid operation tools...In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (RM17-13) FERC indicated its intention to approve a NERC critical infrastructure protection standard (CIP-013-1) that would require utilities to consider several cybersecurity issues when procuring these products for their medium- and high-impact systems... Full Story
MRC Releases New Digital Ad StandardsTom Vernon
–January 19, 2018 - The Media Rating Council Thursday issued the final draft of its Digital Audio Measurement Standards. This document outlines the measurement and reporting requirements for digital audio advertising and content in either browser or application environments that require a software-based audio player. The principles noted in these guidelines apply to digital audio ads and content regardless of whether they are delivered through a digital audio streaming environment or through a progressive download approach, including podcasts... Full Story
A Standard Attempts to Cut Through Thicket of Neural Network HardwareJames Morra
–January 18, 2018 - After an artificial neural network has been trained on enormous amounts of data but before it can be installed in an autonomous car to navigate a stretch of highway it may have never taken before, companies need to translate it. The neural network assumes a new file format so that the carâ€™s computer can figure out what it has been taught.
Software engineers educate these algorithms using tools like Amazonâ€™s MxNet and Googleâ€™s TensorFlow. Every software framework exports data in a different format, forcing companies like Qualcomm and Intel to build software programs that import the actual algorithm into their computer processors. That is a huge task, since every processor needs a separate importer for every software tool it supports.
But that could change with a new standard that represents the data used by neural networks in a common format. The Khronos Group recently released such a standard in an effort to cut through the growing thicket of software tools and computer chips for deep learning. Once it is officially finished, the standard could give engineers more freedom to choose suppliers...
Khronos faces competition from another format called the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX), which makes it easier for software engineers to transfer algorithms between PyTorch and Caffe. In September, Facebook and Microsoft partnered with Amazon to release the open source standard, which is also supported by companies like Qualcomm and Intel, among others.
Facebookâ€™s format differs from the Khronos Groupâ€™s standard, which is exclusively focused on porting algorithms to computer chips, not the interchange between software frameworks... Full Story
Wi-Fi Alliance Announces the WPA3 Security StandardJP Butinx
–January 17, 2018 - ...What this new standard introduces is a major solution to a common security problem. Most consumers are comfortable using open Wi-Fi networks, despite the security risks they present... Unfortunately, such internet traffic is unencrypted, and thus the current standard must be replaced.
More specifically, WPA3 introduces individualized encryption of data...Furthermore, WPA3 will protect against brute-force dictionary attacks,..
Last but not least, the new standard automatically blocks attackers after a certain number of invalid login attempts...
It is expected that the first devices to support WPA3 will come on the scene at some point in 2018... Full Story
National Experts Sought for New Standards Committee on Artificial Intelligence: ISO/IEC JTC 1, Subcommittee 42
–January 16, 2018 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) seeks national experts to participate in a newly formed international standardization committee on Artificial Intelligence (AI) â€“ International Organization for Standardization / International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information Technology, Subcommittee (SC) 42. ANSI is the U.S. member body to ISO, and the IEC, via the U.S. National Committee.
The new committee is intended to serve as the focus for ISO/IEC JTC 1â€™s standardization program on AI and will provide guidance to other JTC 1, IEC, and ISO committees that are developing AI applications...The first meeting of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42 will be held April 18-20, 2018, in Beijing, China. Questions about SC 42 can be directed to Heather Benko, SC 42 secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org). U.S. experts who are interested in joining the U.S. TAG to JTC 1/SC 42 should contact the TAG Administrator, INCITS (email@example.com)... Full Story
Next Gen TV Reaches Major Milestone with Release of ATSC 3.0 StandardsPress Release
–January 12, 2018 - The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) today commemorated the achievement of a major milestone in TV history, with final member votes being tallied for approval of remaining standards that together comprise the ATSC 3.0 suite of next-generation TV standards...ATSC 3.0 is the culmination of a five-year effort to re-think over-the-air broadcast television service in the Internet age. ATSC 3.0 provides broadcasters with remarkable flexibility and new market opportunities through enhanced transmission and reception functionality and delivery of 4K Ultra HDTV, immersive audio, and interactive services using a mix of Internet and broadcast connections... Full Story
The Internet Of Medical Things Raises Novel Compliance ChallengesMildred Segura, Christopher M. Butler, and Farah Tabibkhoei
–January 4, 2018 - The â€œInternet of Medical Thingsâ€ (IoMT) â€” the network of medical devices and applications connected to healthcare information technology (IT) systems â€” has led to more efficient healthcare delivery, greater diagnostics, improved doctor-patient communications, and enables better medical decision making. However, the accelerated adoption of IoMT means device manufacturers must grapple with the security vulnerabilities affecting medical devices, a landscape of uncertain liability, and emerging regulations.
Thus far, administrative agencies have been the primary regulators. The FDA has promulgated guidance for medical device manufacturers to tackle these issues, legislators have increasingly confronted IoMT security concerns, and litigation around IoMT is slowly on the rise...Inherent security risks accompany interoperability. Consequently, device manufacturers should keep abreast of current minimum security standards, as noncompliance could lead to problems including lawsuits (e.g., arising from patient data privacy breaches), government enforcement actions, financial losses, and bad press...
In fact, healthcare was the number one industry cyberattacked in 2015. Full Story