Latest NewsISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 32 Publishes Updated SQL Database Language StandardANSI.org
March 2, 2017 - The International Organization for Standardization / International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information Technology, Subcommittee (SC) 32, Data management and interchange, published nine updated parts of the SQL Query Language (SQL) Database Language standard, ISO/IEC 9075:2016, Information technology - Database languages – SQL in December 2016. SQL is a data sublanguage widely used for access to relational databases.
Major new features in the update include Row Pattern Recognition, Support for Java Script Object Notation (JSON) objects, Polymorphic Table Functions, and Additional analytics.... ...Full Story
Interoperability suite of information: new NIFO factsheets
EU Joinup March 1, 2017 - The National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO) community has published an updated series of European countries interoperability factsheets and analytical models on the Joinup platform. The documents provide the latest information on implementation and monitoring of the National Interoperability Frameworks and interoperability initiatives.
Every year, the NIFO community gathers data on the progress made by EU countries in the field of interoperability. When making this annual snapshot, the three following aspects are in focus:
- Alignment of National Interoperability Frameworks (NIFs) with the current version of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF);
- Implementation of the NIF into concrete national projects;
- Monitoring of NIF elements as part of the overall national interoperability approach.... ...Full Story
EP: Govt, science clouds should use open standards, source
EU Joinup February 28, 2017 - European cloud computing should be built on open standards and open source, says the European Parliament. Last week, the EP adopted its motion on the European Cloud Initiative, emphasising the importance of open standards and open source for security, data privacy, government openness, and for innovation.
The resolution aggregates the Parliament’s views on government and science cloud computing plans such as the European Cloud Initiative....
With the European Cloud Initiative, the European Commission and the EU Member States will concentrate their efforts on building a high performance cloud infrastructure for scientists, industry and the public sector. As part of the plan, first, all data produced by the science projects co-funded by the EC’s Horizon 2020 Programme should be made open by default, to boost interoperability and reuse. Secondly, the EU will also fund the development of cloud computing hardware and networks. A third aim is to create a “Government as a Service” platform for European public authorities, where they can open their data and services. ...Full Story
SAE International Publishes New Standard to Certify Radio Frequency Identification Tags for Aerospace Batteries
SAE International February 28, 2017 - SAE International has published a new technical standard on the criteria for the certification of active and battery assisted passive radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for use in aerospace industry.
AS6023 provides guidance on the environmental tests that the tags need to comply with to meet the certification requirements. This will form the basis for a new FAA Advisory Circular (AC) to be released soon....Active and battery assisted passive RFID tags are being widely promoted for several aircraft applications. Some of the applications include: sensing temperature, vibration, stress, fatigue, switch state, cargo monitoring, etc. Because these tags have a battery and transmit RF there is a possibility they could interfere with safety of flight.... ...Full Story
Kaspersky launches 'secure operating system' -- with no trace of Linux in it
BetaNews February 27, 2017 - Every once in a while a major software company takes us by surprise by releasing an operating system of its own. Kaspersky has done just that with its new KasperskyOS, which is designed for control systems, Internet of Things devices, and network devices. The most intriguing thing about the 14-year project? It has no Linux. If you want to create your own operating system, basing it on Linux is an obvious choice. The open-source kernel is tried and true, after all, and best of all it's free, so if you want a solid foundation it is a great option. But, "for different applications and purposes," Kaspersky went a different route....when it comes to our target audiences (hardware developers, SCADA systems, IoT, etc.), this approach is a no-go: What matters most here is security," explains Kaspersky CEO Eugene Kaspersky.... ...Full Story
Everything You Need to Know About the New PoE Standard
Electronic Design February 27, 2017 - As Power over Ethernet (PoE) continues to grow in popularity, so does the demand for applications with higher power. The current standard, IEEE 802.3at, allows for maximum power at the powered device (PD) of 25.5 W, while the upcoming standard will allow maximum power of up to 90 W.
The new standard will increase the maximum PoE power by using all four pairs of the wires being useful for applications where more power is required, such as pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras, VoIP phones, security-card readers, LED lighting, and point of sale... ...Full Story
Banks Build a New Standard for Cross-Border With SWIFT (And Not Blockchain
Bank Innovation February 24, 2017 - Instead of distributed ledger technology, banks like Citi, Wells Fargo, and BBVA, are looking to projects like SWIFT’s global payments innovation service — or gpi — which went live today, following its January launch....SWIFT gpi enables banks to offer transparent and traceable cross-border payments. Through a Tracker feature, corporate treasurers will have an end-to-end view on the status of their payments, including confirmations when payments have been credited to beneficiaries’ accounts (about time?). At the moment, there are 12 banks exchanging live on the network, including Bank of China and UniCredit, plus more than 100 member-banks, like Citi and Wells.... ...Full Story
The Linux Foundation Announces Merger of Open Source ECOMPTM and OPEN-OTM to Form New Open Network Automation Platform (ONAPTM) Project
Linux Foundation February 23, 2017 - The Linux Foundation...today announced the merger of open source ECOMP and Open Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O) to create the new Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project. ONAP will allow end users to automate, design, orchestrate, and manage services and virtual functions.
AT&T, China Mobile and the world’s leading operators are driving ONAP with a diverse group of founding members. Founding Platinum members include Amdocs, AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, China Telecom, Cisco, Ericsson, GigaSpaces, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Orange, Tech Mahindra, VMware and ZTE. Silver members of ONAP are ARM, BOCO Inter-Telecom, Canonical, China Unicom, Cloudbase Solutions, Metaswitch and Raisecom....
The Linux Foundation will establish a governance and membership structure for ONAP to nurture a vibrant technical community. A Governing Board will guide business decisions, marketing and ensure alignment between the technical communities and members. The technical steering committee will provide leadership on the code merge and guide the technical direction of ONAP.... ...Full Story
Open source human body simulator trains future doctors
EU Joinup February 22, 2017 - SOFA an open source human body simulator used for training medical students and for preparing medical interventions, is being used by an increasing number of research centres and companies,...A human body simulator is just one of the many uses of SOFA, says Talbot. SOFA is a framework for multi-physics simulation. “Our software aims at interactive and real-time applications, with an emphasis on medical simulation”, he says....The simulation software can combine patient data to create simulations of, for example, eye operations, neurosurgery, liver surgery, or to create anatomical models....Inria, France’s computer science institute, began developing SOFA in 2006, with initial funding from the Department of Defence in the USA. Last year, the developers founded a consortium, aiming to increase the number of researchers and attract start-ups and other companies interested in using the simulator. The growing SOFA community includes both universities and medical and robotics start-ups in France and Germany.... ...Full Story
Understand Your Distributed Apps with the OpenTracing Standard
Linux.com February 21, 2017 - Microservices and services-oriented architecture are here to stay, but this kind of distributed system destroys the traditional type of process monitoring. Nonetheless, companies still need to understand just what’s happening inside the flow of an application. Ben Sigelman, Co-founder of LightStep, said at his keynote at CloudNativeCon that by adopting a new standard for distributed applications called OpenTracing can tell those stories without building complex instrumentation, or fundamentally changing the code of your application....OpenTracing is a vendor-neutral API standard, not something that one deploys, Sigelman said. Instead it’s something you program against, something you build into your microservices architecture. The OpenTracing API sits in the middle of the microservices process, like application logic, control-flow packages or existing instrumentation, and tracing infrastructure like LightStep, Zipkin, or Jaeger.... ...Full Story