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New NEMA Standard to Enable Coexistence of Multiple Communication Technologies for Connected Vehicle Roadside InfrastructurePress Release
–October 8, 2019 - A new National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Standard will harmonize and could accelerate deployment of connected vehicle roadside infrastructure technology, according to a preview of the Standard presented at the Intelligent Transportation Society of Georgia (ITSGA) Annual Meeting in Athens, GA.
NEMA TS 10 Connected Vehicle Infrastructure-Roadside Equipment commissioned by the NEMA Transportation Management Systems Section is a harmonized technical specification for roadside connected vehicle devices. Types of roadside devices covered under the Standard are traffic signals, crosswalk signs, flashing school zone safety beacons, ramp meters, and other electronic traffic control equipment.
A vital component of the connected vehicle ecosystem is the ability for vehicles and the infrastructure to communicate with each other regardless of the type of device or underlying technology. With NEMA TS 10, Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) and Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) can work together in the same spectrum via a dual-mode or dual active roadside connected vehicle device... Full Story
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING CHANGES TO THIS NEWS FEEDAndrew Updegrove
–October 3, 2019 - We are currently in the process of creating a complete rebuild of the ConsortiumInfo.org website. As part of that process, I am assessing whether there is sufficient ongoing interest in this news feed to warrant the cost of rebuilding it, and the time commitment to its ongoing updating.
If you are a regular reader that would like to continue to have access to a standards-oriented news feed, PLEASE LET ME KNOW by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unless a sufficient number of emails are received, this news feed will be discontinued several months from now. Thanks for your assistance. Full Story
China Releases Draft on Administrative Measures for Local Standards
–October 2, 2019 - As a key document to implement its standardization law, the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) recently released a draft of the "Administrative Measures for Local Standards" to amend the version released in 1990.
In China, local standards are often referred to as â€œprovincial standards.â€ They are developed when neither national standards nor industry standards are available, but unified requirements for safety and hygiene of industrial products are needed within a local area...ANSI observed some noteworthy revisions and additions from the 2019 draft that was released for comment:
- Alignment with the newly passed Standardization Law. After the promulgation of the updated Standardization Law, the draft suggests that industry and local standards are no longer compulsory.
- Consideration of international norms and requirements. The draft requires that the standards shall be in line with the relevant requirements of international treaties and organizations in which China participates.
Although the draft did not specifically mention the principles of openness, transparency, balance, and due process that are enshrined in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), the proposed language demonstrates China's commitment to improving its local standards development... Full Story
US electric grid more vulnerable to cyberattacks as DERs increase potential targets, GAO findsRobert Walton
–October 1, 2019 - The U.S. electric sector is probed for weaknesses every day by a coterie of nations, criminal groups, terrorists and others, GAO said. Thus far, utilities have kept the threat at bay, but experts say that streak may not hold...
The report recommended FERC consider changes to its cybersecurity standards to "more fully address" the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework. It also recommended the agency evaluate the potential risk of a coordinated cyberattack on distributed targets.
"FERC's approved threshold for which entities must comply with the requirements in the full set of grid cybersecurity standards is based on an analysis that did not evaluate the potential risk of a coordinated cyberattack on geographically distributed targets," the report says.
Following the analysis, the GAO recommends FERC determine if it needs to make changes to the threshold for mandatory compliance with the agency's full set of cybersecurity standards... Full Story
Leave GNOME alone: This patent troll is asking for troubleSteven J. Vaughan-Nichols
–September 30, 2019 - Rothschild Patent Imaging (RPI) suing the GNOME Foundation for violating its "wireless image distribution system and method patent" (US Patent No. 9,936,086) doesn\'t make much sense. But when has that ever stopped a patent troll?
The GNOME application in question, Shotwell, is a personal photo manager. Its functionality, which has Rothschild all hot and bothered, is that -- like all other end-user photo programs -- it can import and organize pictures. For relief, Rothschild demands that either this functionality be removed or the company be awarded a "running royalty from the time of judgment going forward."..I spoke to several open-source savvy patent and intellectual property (IP) lawyers and this is what they told me...Andrew Updegrove, a founding partner of Gesmer Updegrove and leading technology law firm and open-source legal expert, stated:
"It appears that RPI is a classic troll. That said, patent claims are deliberately written broadly so that they can ideally capture products that may come along much later. It's an extremely arcane art, and two different courts may easily come out with opposite conclusions on the same patent."...[It] could be a strong patent or a weak one. The only way to find out for sure is to see what a jury decides, assuming the suit ever gets that far. The most surprising thing to me is that RPI is suing an open-source foundation, which presumably has few assets to speak of, and likely no insurance to cover a judgment.".. Full Story
You can't open-source license moralitySteven J. Vaughan-Nichols
–September 27, 2019 - Chef developers recently pressured Chef Software into ending their contract with ICE. What started this was open-source developer Seth Vargo pulling his open-source project, Chef Sugar, from the Chef DevOps program. This has lead to people, such as Coraline Ada Ehmke, best known for her Contributor Covenant, which was adopted by Linux, to propose an open-source license that requires its users to act morally...Andrew Updegrove, a founding partner of Gesmer Updegrove, a top technology law firm and open-source legal expert, added: "Broadly speaking, a licensor can include whatever terms she wants in her license." As indeed, Ehmke has, but, "a restriction of this kind could not be included in a document which claimed to be compliant with the OSI Open Source Definition."... Full Story
NFPA releases a new energy storage system standard to inform others about potential fire hazardsPress Release
–September 26, 2019 - To help provide answers to different stakeholders interested in energy storage system technologies, National Fire Protection Association has released NFPA 855, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems, the first comprehensive collection of criteria for the fire protection of energy storage system installations. The standard provides requirements based on the technology used in energy storage system, the setting where the technology is being installed, the size and separation of energy storage system installations and the fire suppression and control systems that are in place... Full Story
Global internet growth stalls and focus shifts to 'meaningful universal connectivity' to drive global developmentPress Release
–September 25, 2019 - Traditional approaches to driving internet network roll-out and uptake are failing to reach the remaining half of the global population still lacking online access, according to a new report issued in New York today by the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.
To counter slowing global growth, the report advocates for new collaborative strategies to drive the concept of \'meaningful universal connectivity\' through greater emphasis on resource sharing and a more holistic approach that treats broadband as a basic public utility and vital enabler of global development... Full Story
Consumer Technology Association sets official standard for 8K UHD TVsShawn Knight
TechSpot –September 24, 2019 - The Consumer Technology Association recently announced the official industry display definition and logo for 8K Ultra HD (UHD) televisions.
Televisions officially designated with the 8K badge must also have one or more HDMI inputs supporting 7,680 x 4,320 pixels, support for a bit depth of 10 bits and support for frame rates of 24, 30 and 60 frames per second.
What's more, the CTA mandates that 8K sets be able to upscale SD, HD and 4K video to 8K resolution... [and] also adhere to "HDR transfer functions and colorimetry as specified by ITU-R BT.2100; and HDCP v2.2 or equivalent content protection."
The CTA in its latest Sales & Forecasts report estimates a total of 175,000 8K UHD TV sets will be sold in the US in 2019, raking in around $734 million in revenue. Naturally, growth is expected over the coming years as technology matures and prices come down... Full Story
Amazon launches Voice Interoperability Initiative -- without Google, Apple or SamsungStephanie Condon
–September 24, 2019 - Amazon on Tuesday announced a new initiative enabling Alexa to play nice with Cortana, Einstein Voice and other AI-powered assistants. Some key players, though, are conspicuously absent.
The Voice Interoperability Initiative is bringing together more than 30 companies who are committed to letting customers interact with more than one voice assistant on a single device. However, the effort apparently does not include Google, Apple or Samsung -- all major device makers with some of the most popular voice assistants.
Amazon devices we expect from Wednesday's event: What's left for Alexa to conquer?
Along with Amazon, companies participating in the initiative include Baidu, BMW, Bose, Cerence, ecobee, Free, Harman, Microsoft, Orange, Salesforce, SFR, Sonos, Sound United, Sony Audio Group, Spotify and Tencent... Full Story