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July 22, 0214 - For the first time ever there is a default open format for Government documents.
The implications of a successful implementation will be widespread. The potential is there to catalyse change well beyond central government. The Cabinet Office deserves every credit for a thorough and informed approach to being an intelligent adopter of standards. This policy can deliver simpler user centric ICT decisions, more cost effective archiving, easier e-inclusion programmes and improved collaboration between government departments and between departments and the outside world. If ever there was an organisation that runs on documents, it is the machinery of government. An open foundation to the digital workings of government should be applauded.... ...Full Story
Open document formats selected to meet user needs
U.K. Cabinet Office July 22, 0214 - The open standards selected for sharing and viewing government documents have been announced by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude.
The standards set out the document file formats that are expected to be used across all government bodies. Government will begin using open formats that will ensure that citizens and people working in government can use the applications that best meet their needs when they are viewing or working on documents together.
When departments have adopted these open standards:
- citizens, businesses and voluntary organisations will no longer need specialist software to open or work with government documents
- people working in government will be able to share and work with documents in the same format, reducing problems when they move between formats
- government organisations will be able to choose the most suitable and cost effective applications, knowing their documents will work for people inside and outside of government
The selected standards, which are compatible with commonly used document applications, are:
- PDF/A or HTML for viewing government documents
- Open Document Format (ODF) for sharing or collaborating on government documents
The move supports the government’s policy to create a level playing field for suppliers of all sizes, with its digital by default agenda on track to make cumulative savings of £1.2 billion in this Parliament for citizens, businesses and taxpayers.... ...Full Story
No Steering Wheel, No Problem: Standards Support the Future of Driverless Cars
ANSI Weekly News July 22, 0214 - ...Google Inc. recently announced that it has begun work on plans to construct 100 self-driving electric cars as part of an ongoing program to support innovative intelligent transport systems (ITS). The new fleet of cars will be built without a steering wheel, gear shift, or gas and brake pedals, and vehicles will be given instructions through a specialized smartphone app....ensuring that the car’s piloting system is getting accurate information about the location of the vehicle and best routes to that destination is of the upmost importance. ISO 14825:2011, Intelligent transport systems - Geographic Data Files (GDF) - GDF5.0, provides specifications for the conceptual and logical data model and physical encoding formats for geographic databases used by ITS.... ...Full Story
Google, Freescale Backing Yet Another Internet-of-Things Standard Effort
Re/Code July 18, 0214 - If you thought the only problem with two competing Internet-of-Things standards was that two rivals weren’t enough, you are in luck.
Google’s Nest unit, along with chipmaker Freescale and a handful of others, is announcing Thread — an effort to build support for future devices to connect to one another using a mesh network sending standard Internet packets over an existing low-power radio technology, a protocol known as 6LowPAN.
The Thread project joins Qualcomm-backed AllSeen Alliance and the Intel-backed Open Interconnect Consortium in offering alternate attempts at a standard for the connectible devices of the future....Of course, having all these different standards efforts practically ensures one thing: There’s no way all of these devices will actually be able to all talk to each other until all this gets settled with either victory or a truce....
But until that happy day, we have the positioning and chest-thumping and placing of stakes in the ground. ...Full Story
ONVIF Announces New Standard For Video Storage And Recording
Business Solutions July 18, 0214 - The Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) has released Profile G, a new standard for video storage and recording. According to the organization, the specification encompasses on-board video storage, searching retrieval capabilities, and media playback. This follows the 2013 Release Candidate for Profile G. A Release Candidate is the beta version of a product that is ready to release unless any significant bugs emerge during a six-month final implementation review.... ...Full Story
Intel, Qualcomm execs both say IoT will benefit from one standard
Fierce Wireless July 17, 0214 - Despite spearheading disparate Internet of Things alliances, executives from Qualcomm and Intel say that the IoT ecosystem would benefit from having one standard and one platform.
At the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference here, Intel President Renee James said that even though the Open Interconnect Consortium, (OIC), which launched last week by Intel, Samsung Electronics, Broadcom and other firms, has the same goal as Qualcomm's AllSeen Alliance, the two groups are approaching IoT differently. "We come from different points of view but we need to make it work, " James said.
While Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Interactive Platforms and senior vice president of Qualcomm Technologies, was not on stage with James, he was prompted to respond to her remarks. "I hope at some point we can merge the two alliances. I don't think it's great for the industry to have multiple approaches," he said.... ...Full Story
Internet of Things network protocol debuts with Thread launch
E&T Magazine July 17, 0214 - The Thread Group, an Internet of Things (IoT) alliance, has been announced by its founders, which include Google's Nest Labs, Samsung and ARM.
Thread’s focus is on enabling mesh networking among IoT devices around the home, by providing a new wireless networking protocol for interoperability between smart devices.
Other Thread members include Freescale, Big Ass Fans, Silicon Labs and Yale Security....Thread Group views itself as a market educator, similar to the Wi-Fi Alliance in that it aims to test products for compliance and interoperability and certify those that pass the tests with the Thread logo. The Thread protocol is already embedded in products from Nest, like connected thermostats, and smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms.... ...Full Story
WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) Develops Interoperability Specification for Wi-FAR™ Networks
PCC Mobile Broadband July 16, 0214 - The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) ®, a global industry organization enabling sharing of underutilized spectrum that was formed in Dec 2011, this week announced development of its interoperability specification for Wi-FAR networks.
WSA has been formed with the goal of enabling the emerging worldwide WhiteSpace ecosystem to deliver cost-effective broadband solutions, and support products and services that use WhiteSpace spectrum. Wi-FAR, initiated by WSA is derived from the IEEE 802.22 Standard on Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRAN).... ...Full Story
Will 25G Effort Prove Valuable?
Light Reading July 15, 0214 - The interesting stuff always happens when you're on vacation. Last week's launch of the 25G Gigabit Ethernet Consortium seems like a great example of companies moving to establish a default standard where the standards process has failed so far to address a growing need. The group moved into a void created when IEEE participants voted, very narrowly, not to pursue such a standard....However, even the backing of Google and Microsoft Corp. does not necessarily guarantee industrywide success. As I caught up on this news a few days after the fact, the first thing I noticed, which probably already had been noticed by many of you, were the names that were missing: Facebook and Amazon Web Services LLC , in particular, but also big carriers that operate many data centers, like Verizon Terremark . Also, though Arista Networks Inc. is a major player in this group, other data center equipment vendors -- such as Cisco Systems Inc., Juniper Networks Inc., and Brocade Communications Systems Inc. CD) -- were not listed in the announcement....when certain big names aren't present in groups like this, it's usually a matter of time before we see separate groups pursuing their own path to the same goal.... ...Full Story
US to ask China to restart cyber working group
Business Standard July 10, 2014 - The United States wants to restart a cybersecurity working group that China shut down after the US indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into American companies' computers to steal trade secrets.
US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel said that United States is ready to resume those discussions, which he described as "useful and important," if China is.... ...Full Story