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Industry leaders to form consortium for network and computing infrastructure of automotive big dataPress Release
Toyota –August 11, 2017 - DENSO Corporation, Ericsson, Intel Corporation, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), NTT DOCOMO, INC., Toyota InfoTechnology Center Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation today announced that they have initiated the formation of the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium. The objective of the consortium is to develop an ecosystem for connected cars to support emerging services such as intelligent driving, the creation of maps with real-time data and driving assistance based on cloud computing.
It is estimated that the data volume between vehicles and the cloud will reach 10 exabytes per month around 2025, approximately 10,000 times larger than the present volume. This expected increase will trigger the need for new architectures of network and computing infrastructure to support distributed resources and topology-aware storage capacity. The architectures will be compliant with applicable standards, which requires collaboration on a local and global scale.
The consortium will focus on increasing network capacity to accommodate automotive big data in a reasonable fashion between vehicles and the cloud by means of edge computing and more efficient network design. It will define requirements and develop use cases for emerging mobile devices with a particular focus on the automotive industry, bringing them to standards bodies, industry consortiums and solution providers. The consortium will also encourage the development of best practices for the distributed and layered computing approach recommended by the members.
In the coming months, the aforementioned companies will initiate activities to invite relevant global technology leaders and expand the consortium. Full StoryOpenAPI 3.0 is here â€” Important milestone in the growth of the API economyGabriela Motroc
Jaxenter –August 10, 2017 - The Open API Initiative, a Linux Foundation project created to advance API technology has reached a new milestone. After nearly two years of work, version 3.0 finally saw the light of day. One of the highlights of this release is â€œits ability to drive the full API lifecycleâ€ but there are a lot of new updates and capabilities that deserve your attention...
â€œOAS 3.0, which is based on the original Swagger 2.0 specification, is meant to provide a standard format to unify how an industry defines and describes RESTful APIs..." Full StoryBeyond TCP: Meet the Next Generation of Transport ProtocolsTim Siglin
Streaming Media –August 10, 2017 - From plain old transmission control protocol (TCP) to newly conceived protocols, the variety of methods for delivering video across the internet is a key area of interest for the entire streaming media industry. After all, what good is the best-quality capture and compression if the delivery method can't keep pace?
Back in January, in an article called â€œLatency Sucks!â€ that dealt with lowering the overall delivery time of interactive or streaming video, we touched on a few newer transmission protocol derivatives: web real-time communication (WebRTC), reliable user datagram protocol (UDP), and plain old real-time protocol (RTP). Lower latency typically equates with lower-quality compression, based on the assumption that the longer the time given to processors to compress a video image, the better the quality. In this article, we will take a deeper look at the underlying protocols and discuss which ones make sense for particular applications...With an eye on lowering latency and increasing reliability, while playing nicely with the neighborsâ€” neighboring packets and networking gearâ€”letâ€™s now explore alternate transmission protocols that expand on or replace TCP as the reigning streaming transmission champ... Full StoryLibreOffice 5.4 released (free and open source office suite)Brad Linder
Liliputing –August 9, 2017 - ...LibreOffice 5.4 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux and it brings a new standard color palette and a number of improvements across the board.
Among other things, LibreOffice 5.4 should render imported PDF files better, file format compatibility has been improved, and thereâ€™s support for embedding videos in PDF files exported from Writer and Impress (the LibreOffice equivalents of Word and PowerPoint).
Other updates include support for pivot charts in Calc (the spreadsheet app), the ability to remember your last-used settings when exporting Calc files in CSV format, new context menu items for working with sections, footnotes, endnotes, and styles in Writer, and improved performance for LibreOffice Online (which is designed to be installed on a serverâ€¦)...LibreOffice 5.4 will be the last major 5.x release... the next major release is expected to be LibreOffice 6.0. Full StoryNIST Publishes NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework: Categorizing and Describing Cybersecurity Work for the Nation
NIST.org –August 9, 2017 - The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is pleased to announce the release of Special Publication 800-181, the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. This publication serves as a fundamental reference to support a workforce capable of meeting an organizationâ€™s cybersecurity needs. It provides organizations with a common, consistent lexicon that categorizes and describes cybersecurity work by Category, Specialty Area, and Work Role. It is a resource from which organizations or sectors can develop additional publications or tools that meet their needs to define or provide guidance on different aspects of workforce development, planning, training, and education... Full StoryNew houses will have Alexa and Wi-Fi built into the wallsBrett Williams
Mashable –August 8, 2017 - The Wi-Fi Alliance, the non-profit organization that certifies Wi-Fi enabled products, is ready to usher in a new era of the smart homes.
Traditionally, there have been no set standards for integrating a wireless network directly into home blueprints, unlike other essential utilities, such as plumbing and electricity. But as our houses continue to be filled with IoT appliances that depend on the internet, a strong network signal is becoming increasingly important.
The org has issued a new set of guidelines for homebuilders to follow to include wireless networks in their designs, which were drafted with an eye to the needs of a connected future, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance announcement:
The requirements consider the increasing number of smart home devices expected in homes over the next decade, and the growing demand for data-intensive usages such as virtual reality and simultaneous 4K video streams. Wi-Fi Home Design will scale to accommodate both the growth in Wi-Fi devices and high-bandwidth applications....
The all-over coverage will come courtesy of strategically placed LAN access points (APs) throughout the floor plan based on the Wi-Fi alliance guidelines, which should provide a strong wireless network in the entire home and even outside of it, to patios and garages.... Full StoryThe Accord Project Launches Industry First Tools and Standards for Smart Legal Contracts with Hyperledger and IACCMPress Release
AccordProject.org –August 7, 2017 - Clause, with support from leading law firms and other organizations, including Linux Foundationâ€™s Hyperledger, the International Association for Commercial and Contract Management (IACCM) and Clio, has launched the Accord Project to develop open source technology and standards for computational contracting. Clause is the first startup to pioneer data-driven or â€œsmartâ€ legal agreements.
The Accord Project addresses the needs of the legal industry as it moves from manual, paper-based processes to a natively digitized and data-driven environment. The launch of Accord is particularly noteworthy for being the first consortium driven by the legal industry. While finance and open source software projects have been used to various consortia, collaborative work on this scale has remained largely absent from law.
The partnership with Hyperledger is a milestone event for the development of blockchain and distributed ledgers in legal contracting. Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. The Linux Foundation hosts Hyperledger under the foundation....Central to the Accord Project is creating the new â€˜techno-legalâ€™ foundation upon which legal contracts for a variety of uses can be developed using open source software. The aim is to produce a technology layer that will advance the transition to legally enforceable smart contracts by incorporating widely accepted standards relating to transactional legal practice, the use of data and distributed ledgers in contracting, and dispute resolution.... Full StoryAutomotive Grade Linux releases UCB 4.0 and taps virtualization techEric Brown
LinuxGismos –August 7, 2017 - The Linux Foundationâ€™s Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) project released Unified Code Base (UCB) 4.0 (â€œDaring Dabâ€) for Linux-based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, and added seven new members. The open source group also launched a virtualization working group that will enable new UCB profiles for telematics, instrument clusters, and head-up-displays (HUDs)...
The new AGL members bring the total membership to over 100... Full StoryEMVCo Sets Up New Mobile Payment QR Code StandardSteven Anderson
Payment Week –August 4, 2017 - We know that quick response (QR) codes have been a fairly large part of the mobile payments concept for some time now, particularly in developing nations where the infrastructure isnâ€™t quite up to the smartphone-based version. That notion took a great leap forward as EMVCo released new documents detailing a standardization protocol for QR-based mobile payment systems.
The new standard, detailed in a report titled â€œEMVCo QR Code Specification for Payment Systems: Consumer-Presented Modeâ€, focuses on a means to establish one-way communications â€œâ€¦between the point of interaction and a mobile application in a consumer device,â€ according to the report.
Much of the move to setting up this standard came from UnionPay, who is not only an EMVCo member, but is already describing the new measure as a major new breakthrough in bringing Chinaâ€™s payment standard to the global community.... Full StoryOpen Source Blockchain Development Critical to StandardizationElizabeth O'Dowd
HIT Infrastructure –August 3, 2017 - ..Blockchain is the exchange of information between nodes (e.g., users, organizations) via a shared database. There is no regulation of a third party controlling the data through a single silo, leading to the creation of a trusted history of transactions between organizations sharing data...[Enterprise Etherium Alliance] is working on developing a blockchain technology that focuses on privacy, confidentiality, scalability, and security. It is also researching hybrid architectures that cover both permissioned and public Ethereum networks and layer working groups for specific industry applications.
Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts, which are applications that run exactly as programmed without any downtime, censorship, fraud or third-party interference....
Establishing a standard blockchain technology is key for successful interoperability and clinical data sharing.
Several other groups are also working toward developing standardized blockchain technology.
For example, Hyperledger added its first health IT member, Change Healthcare, to its collaborative blockchain project in May 2017.... Full Story