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OPNFV Projectâ€‹ announces OVP
–February 19, 2018 - Theâ€‹ OPNFV Projectâ€‹ recently announced the OPNFV Verified Program (OVP)â€‹ in an effort to ease the adoption of commercial network functions virtualization (NFV) products. The purpose of the program, according to OPNFV, is to help operators establish entry criteria for their proof of concepts (POCs) and request for proposals (RFPs).
The OPNFV Project is an open source project within The Linux Foundation focused on facilitating the development and evolution of NFV components. As part of the OVP initiative, verified products and services submitted by respective vendors and service providers become compliant, receiving an OVP certified logo in the process. OVP provides both vendor self-testing and third-party lab testing... Full Story
Standards for image processing within reach February 2, 2018James Carroll
–February 7, 2018 - ...In 2009, the international G3 initiative was founded to support standardization within the global image processing industry and to coordinate the development of globally recognized standards for Machine Vision. The G3 is comprised of five associations: Advancing Vision + Imaging (AIA), European Machine Vision Association (EMVA), Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA), China Machine Vision Union (CMVU) and VDMA Machine Vision (VDMA MV)...
A new work group formed by the VDMA and OPC Foundation will discuss OPC Vision for the first time. The goal of this work group is to realize an OPC UA Companion Specification for a generic interface between image processing devices and IT systems from the process / plant automation environment as well as to programmable logic controllers...A separate work group oversees the GenICam standard. An important subject here are the enhancements of the embedded vision standard to harmonize and simplify access on embedded image processing devices. With this standard, the use of embedded vision in different environmentsâ€”factory floor, robotics, medicine technology, to name a fewâ€”should be guaranteed... Full Story
Open comm protocol for AUVs embarks with BeagleBone based modemEric Brown
–February 18, 2018 - Open standards exist for all manner of wireless and terrestrial communications, but so far none has emerged for underwater communications. Below the waves, submarines, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and undersea sensor stations use a hodgepodge of incompatible proprietary technologies including acoustic, radio, and optical modems.
Manned submarines and many automated subs can surface to communicate over the air, where the bandwidth is much higher, and some submersible AUVs and research stations can be tethered to floating wireless buoys. Yet, there are times when neither option is feasible, and with the huge expansion in AUVs, thereâ€™s a growing need for a universal undersea communication standard for persistent mobile communications.
Enter NATO, which has a keen interest in reliably communicating beneath the waves, both for military and emergency response purposes. The multinational defense organization recently announced it has adopted a new JANUS digital communications standard for underwater acoustic modems. Deployed as an official STANAG 4748 standard, JANUS will be implemented on all NATO vessels... Full Story
The Dangers That Come with a Smart GridShawn Martin
Electronics360 –February 15, 2018 - The efficiency of smart grids must be weighed against the cost of security. The greatest pitfall of revolutionizing the energy grid with distributed energy sources, smart meters and renewable energy technologies is the risk associated with cybersecurity....A significant change to the energy grid is being driven by new technologies, evolving customer needs, environmental imperatives, regulatory drivers and an increasingly complex set of requirements. It is foreseen that the grid of the future will incorporate more interconnected distributed energy resources and it is pivotal that these systems are connected in a secure manner throughout the transition period as they form what is referred to as a smart grid...
The risk of service outages resulting from a breach of the smart grid can be minimized or even eliminated by establishing best practices and deploying protocols with a proven track history...The isolation of the smart grid from the internet is an increasingly difficult task. In a world of cloud computing, being up to date and compliant with applicable security standards is imperative. There is also a dire need to undergo periodic security assessments and monitoring as these standards are in their infancy and are subject to change when new flaws are surfaced. Full Story
Gaming Standards Association forms new blockchain committee
–February 14, 2018 - The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) and its GSA Europe division have opted to establish a new technical committee dedicated to blockchain.
The committee will collaboratively address blockchain technology and advise on areas where standards could potentially be developed.
Blockchain is becoming an increasingly popular technology in the industry, with more operators and regulatory authorities using it for data sharing and security purposes... Full Story
The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.0: power, simplicity, security and interoperability from desktop to cloudItalo Vignoli
–February 9, 2018 - The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.0, a major release and a dramatically improved free office suite, which celebrates the 7th anniversary of the availability of the very first version of LibreOffice. Today LibreOffice is more powerful, simple and secure, and offers superior interoperability with Microsoft Office documents.
LibreOffice 6.0 is immediately available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and for the cloud. The new major release adds a large number of significant new features to the core engine and to individual modules (Writer, Calc and Impress/Draw), with the objective of providing users with the best in terms of personal productivity.
A video summarizing the top new features of LibreOffice 6.0 is available on YouTube... Full Story
802.11ax and The Legacy of Wi-Fi StandardsHoward Wen
–February 8, 2018 - A new Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ax, which has been in development, is set to be finalized early next year...
So will your company want to scramble to be an early adopter of those new devices? The answer is a qualified \"maybe.\" The new standard is designed to connect lots of devices efficiently, which is great for companies embracing mobile devices... Full Story
ATSC 3.0 Can Begin in Early MarchJohn Eggerton
–February 6, 2018 - Broadcasters will soon get the green flag on their race to an interactive, geo-targeted, video-on-demand future.
The FCC's framework for rolling out a new ATSC 3.0 advanced television transmission standard will become effective the first week in March...The new standard, which was championed by broadcasters, emergency alert groups and the Consumer Technology Association, is expected to drive sales of 4K TVs whose higher-resolution pictures can be delivered by the new standard, and give broadcasters a competitive foothold in the interactive, targeted advertising, IP world...ATSC 3.0 will allow TV stations to do geo-targeted ads and emergency alerts, video on demand and other interactive services using a broadband return path for viewers with Internet access, and provide those high-high definition 4K pictures... Full Story
Linux 4.15: Good news and bad news about Meltdown and SpectreSteven J. Vaughan-Nichols
ZD Net –February 5, 2018 - Linus Torvalds, Linux's primary creator, had good and bad news about the chip security problems Meltdown and Spectre. The good news is the lead up to the Linux 4.15 was "quiet and small, and no last-minute panics, just small fixes for various issues". The bad news? "It's not like we're 'done' with Spectre/Meltdown...While Spectre/Meltdown has obviously been the big news this release cycle, it's worth noting that we obviously had all the *normal* updates going on too, and the work everywhere else didn't just magically stop, even if some developers have been distracted by CPU issues. In the *big* picture, 4.15 looks perfectly normal, with two thirds of the full 4.15 patch being about drivers ... not by CPU bug mitigation."
But, trying to mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre problems still ate up a lot of time and the problems are still far from done. First and foremost, like all operating system developers, Linux is waiting on Intel's hardware designers to complete their firmware and microcode patches... Full Story
UFS 3.0 storage standard announced with focus on connected cars
–February 2, 2018 - The key specifications for the next version of Universal Flash Storage have been made public by JEDEC, the association for the development of solid-state technology standards. The new standard called as UFS 3.0 comes almost five years after the introduction of UFS 2.0 and it doubles the performance over older specification.
Similar to UFS 2.0 and UFS 2.1, the UFS 3.0 is also limited to two lanes, but each lane will now be capable of transferring 11.6Gbps compared to 5.8Gbps supported by outgoing standard and has a theoretical bandwidth of 2900Mbps. The new specification also improves the lifespan of NAND cells by providing up to 2.5V of electricity with support for upcoming NAND technologies.
While laptops and flagship smartphones already support UFS storage, the new specification aims to expand to other areas like automobiles... Full Story