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NIST Performance Tests for Aerial Response Robots Become National Standard
–December 7, 2018 - Tracking the spread of a wildfire. Searching for a missing person. Detecting toxic fumes after an explosion before sending in rescue workers.
These are just three of the many tasks being assigned to flying robots known as small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) or emergency response drones. In such critical situations, the performance of the robot and the pilot remotely controlling it must be flawless. To help ensure that capability, a new standard was published recently based on test methods developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Performance test methods developed by NIST measure both the system capabilities of aerial emergency response drones and the proficiency of their pilots. The test methods are low-cost and easy to fabricate and use, so they can be replicated by any group interested in evaluating its aircraft and remote pilots before they face a real-life emergency.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a U.S. organization that creates and maintains more than 300 codes and standards to reduce loss of life and property due to fire, electrical and related hazards, has issued NFPA 2400, Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Used for Public Safety Operations. The new standard includes a suite of 10 aerial test methods developed by NIST that quantitatively measures both the system capabilities of the drone and the proficiency of the pilot in carrying out five basic maneuvers, including accurate landing, vertical climbing, and straight and level flying. There also are five functionality test methods, including circular orbits to identify objects from afar and spiral maneuvers to conduct close-range inspections... Full Story
ASC X9 Creating Standard for Electronic Responses to Subpoenas by BanksPress Release
ASC X9 –December 6, 2018 - The Accredited Standards Committee X9 Inc. (X9) is working to develop a new set of standards, "X9.144 Production Subpoena Orders Exchange," for electronic delivery of and response to subpoenas received by financial institutions. Subpoenas for bank records arrive through a variety of channels and in a variety of formats, from a range of sources, and dealing with them is labor-intensive. These new standards for electronic presentment and production of subpoenaed materials will result in efficiency gains through improved quality and speed, as well as reduced processing costs. Participants are sought for this initiative...
Subpoenas are served upon banks by federal, state, and local government agencies and law firms, and the volume of requests has recently been growing. The documents come to banks via mail, email and fax, or are physically delivered. After a bank receives a subpoena, the process for responding to and fulfilling it is highly manual, time-consuming and vulnerable to errors, and automation is applied only in limited areas. Standardized electronic file formats for the different request types will yield benefits for both the subpoena requester and responder... Full Story
Blockchain: What's it good for? Absolutely nothing, report finds Lucas Mearian
ComputerWorld –December 5, 2018 - In a joint report for the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Technology conference this fall, researchers who studied 43 blockchain use cases came to the conclusion that all underdelivered on claims.
And, when they reached out to several blockchain providers about project results, the silence was deafening. "Not one was willing to share data," the researchers said in their blog post..."we found no documentation or evidence of the results blockchain was purported to have achieved in these claims. We also did not find lessons learned or practical insights, as are available for other technologies in development," the researchers reported... Full Story
Open Music Initiative: Seeking To Drive The Beat On Global Standards, Rights AttributionDavid Branigan
–December 4, 2018 - The Open Music Initiative provides a forum for collaboration across academic, tech and music industry stakeholders around the world, and is working to develop the global standards for music rights attribution that could stand for the next 100 years. Establishing such standards will enable fair compensation to rights holders and creators, and establish a basis for ongoing innovation in the music industry, leading to new digital platforms and services, and new music, according to Open Music members...
Open Music Initiative (OMI), "a non-profit initiative of leading academic institutions, music and media industry organizations, creators, technologists, entrepreneurs and policy experts, " is working to create "an open-source protocol for the uniform identification of music rights holders and creators, [which] will be API [Application Programming Interface] specification to enable industry platform interoperability,"... Full Story
Open Connectivity Foundation Specification Achieves Recognition by International Standards and Conformity Committees, Driving Secure Interoperability Across the Internet of Things WorldwidePress Release
Open Connectivity Foundation –December 3, 2018 - The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), a leading open Internet of Things (IoT) standards development organization, today announced that its OCF 1.0 specification has been ratified as an International Standard by ISO/IEC JTC 1 (Joint Technical Committee for ICT standardization of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)), marking a critical step in the OCF's efforts to establish a common and secure language fueling IoT interoperability worldwide. The OCF standard will be published as ISO/IEC 30118 (Parts 1-6)... Full Story
IEEE Publishes IEEE 802.1CM-2018 Standard Addressing Time-Sensitive Networking for FronthaulPress Release
–November 30,2018 - IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) today announced the publishing and availability of IEEE 802.1CM-2018â€”IEEE Standard for Local and metropolitan area networks-Time-Sensitive Networking for Fronthaul. The new standard is the first available IEEE standard developed to connect a cellular network's radio equipment to its remote controller via a packet network, in particular, over a bridged IEEE 802.3 Ethernet network...IEEE 802.1CM supports fronthaul interfaces such as the recently published eCPRI specification to provide Ethernet-based fronthaul. IEEE 802.1CM has been developed in collaboration with the CPRI Cooperation that contributed the requirements of a fronthaul transport network. IEEE 802.1CM describes how these requirements can be met by a fronthaul bridged network including synchronization solutions developed by Study Group 15 of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T), whose input also contributed to the development of IEEE 802.1CM... Full Story
JEDEC to Enable Standard 3D Models of Electronic ComponentsPress Release
–November 28, 2108 - JEDEC Solid State Technology Association [has] announced that its JC-11 Mechanical Standardization Committee will be releasing 3D models of new standard modules, packages, and socket outlines in addition to the detailed 2D drawings developed today. The 3D CAD models will be three-dimensional representations of the two-dimensional mechanical drawings offered by the committee and will be provided in a standard universal format so as to be importable by most common 3D CAD software packages used in the industry.
In addition, the JC-11 committee has developed and published a new standard XML schema under JEP30, which aligns to the recently published JESD30H document to enable software to generate 3D models automatically based on user or database inputs... Full Story
Blockchain collaborators envision a new digital token standard for shares
–November 27, 2108 - Right now, there is a shift from public token offerings to regulated token offerings, often in the form of equity tokens.
A number of blockchain companies around the world are busy creating their own digital standards for tokenised corporate shares. David Siegel, Chairman of 20|30, a start-up in the FCA sandbox that is testing the primary issuance of tokenised equity, sees the need to create an industry standard for equity tokens. David is leading an international working group to develop an open-source equity-token standard that will serve capital markets for generations. Lawyers, technologists, and policymakers will meet on November 28 and 29 at the Lithuanian Embassy in Brussels for the first workshop to begin drafting an equity token standard... Full Story
Can a new standard prevent an encryption meltdown?Matt Leonard
–November 26, 2108 - ...Today, "the worst" looks like the cracking of the encryption scheme that protects banking, communications and national security applications.
RSA public-key encryption relies on the mathematical task of dividing large numbers into their prime factors, a job too difficult for today's computers to solve quickly enough to be practical,..But quantum computers would be able to do it efficiently...Fortunately, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is already working on a post-quantum cryptography standard and is on track to have a new quantum-resistant standard by 2022 or 2024... Full Story
Historic Vote Ties Kilogram and Other Units to Natural Constants
–November 23, 2108 - A convocation of delegates representing 60 countries voted today in Versailles to implement the most significant change to the International System of Units (SI) in more than 130 years. For the first time, all measurement units will be defined by natural phenomena rather than by physical artifacts...While consumers and most industries will not notice immediate impacts, scientists expect the change ultimately to inspire new technologies and to reduce the cost of calibrating industrial processes and scientific instruments...
Over the last 40 years, with the advancement of quantum science, scientists have now measured natural constants such as the speed of light and the Planck constant with exceptional accuracy. Using combinations of these constants and the equations of quantum mechanics, scientists created revised SI units for measuring mass, electric current, temperature and the mole that are at least one million times more stable than artifacts like Le Grand K... Full Story