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California imposes new regulations on â€˜internet of thingsâ€™ devicesJason Tashea
–December 14, 2018 - ...governments are acknowledging the threat popular [consumer products incorporating IoT] technologies create. In late September, California passed a law regulating the security of internet-enabled devices sold in the state. While many see it as a step in the right direction, others think the law doesnâ€™t go far enough to secure these technologies.
The new law will affect any smart device sold in California, including consumer and enterprise tools. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, manufacturers of connected devices will have to include "reasonable security" features to protect stored or transmitted information from "unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure."
Currently, there are about 7 billion connected devices in the world, according to IoT Analytics, an industry research company. It anticipates this number to skyrocket to 21.5 billion devices by 2025... Full Story
Industry leaders form Autoware Foundation to accelerate collaboration in autonomous drivingPress Release
–December 13, 2018 - Linaro Ltd, the open source collaborative engineering organization, Japan-based intelligent vehicle technology company Tier IV, Inc., and US-based autonomous mobility systems software company Apex.AI announced today the formation of the Autoware Foundation.
The Autoware Foundation is a non-profit organisation created to initiate, grow, and fund open source collaborative engineering Autoware projects, starting with Autoware.AI, Autoware.Auto, and Autoware.IO. Autoware.AI is the original Autoware project started in 2015 by Shinpei Kato at Nagoya University that is being used globally by more than 100 companies in more than 30 vehicles today...Examples of Autoware.IO projects include simulators, device drivers for sensors, by-wire controllers for vehicles, and hardware-independent programs for SoC boards... Full Story
The Joint Development Foundation Joins the Linux Foundation Family to Drive Adoption of Open Source and StandardsPress Release
–December 12, 2018 - The Linux Foundation and the Joint Development Foundation today announced an agreement to bring the Joint Development Foundation into the Linux Foundation family to make it easier to collaborate through both open source and standards development. The Joint Development Foundation is a nonprofit that provides a "standards organization in a box" to enable groups to quickly establish projects. With today's news, the Linux Foundation and the Joint Development Foundation plan to provide greater capabilities for communities to engage in open source and standards development to speed industry adoption...By offering open source communities a path to standardization and building open source implementations, this strategic alignment benefits developers, corporate contributors and end users who need both outcomes to succeed. Existing and new Joint Development Foundation projects will now have access to the Linux Foundation infrastructure, expertise and project support services when their specifications are ready for implementation.
Linux Foundation projects that want to create standards and specifications will be able to leverage the Joint Development Foundation's standards development model, as well as the Linux Foundation's agreements with other external standards organizations, to quickly develop specifications that are consistent with their project's requirements... Full Story
ISO, IEC, and ITU November Listings of Work Items Published
ANSI.org –December 11, 2018 - In an effort to increase stakeholder engagement and collaboration and reduce duplicative work, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have coordinated the publication of a monthly document that lists all new work items from the three organizations, including updates on the projects and timelines for the technical committeesâ€™ work... Full Story
Crypto industry giants agree on security token standards roadmap
–December 10, 2018 - A number of crypto industry giants have put their names down in support of a new framework for unified security token standards. The lack of standardisation is a major problem in the industry, and so far developments in the space have largely oriented around several different early movers trying to develop quickly enough to enshrine their own standards into wide usage.
The Verified Token Framework (VTF) is the same on one level as a new standard aiming to gain traction. It\'s quite different on another level in that it\'s an adaptable roadmap aimed at discovering a favourable and widely-accepted security token standard by this time next year...VTF has signed up some big names, including Overstock and tZERO, the NEM foundation, Gibraltar Stock Exchange, SharesPost, Techemy, Bankorus, HyperLink Capital and more, in an agreement dubbed the Millbrook Accord. But they\'re not signing on to any specific standards yet. Rather, they\'re supporting the discovery roadmap that should lead to useful and high quality standards within a reasonable time frame... Full Story
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