About the Standards Blog
Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded AlternativeJohn Markoff
Stanford University computer designer Monica Lamm, on Wynne Resorts installation of Amazon Echo speakers in its hotel rooms –June 14, 2019 - ...computer scientists at Stanford University are warning about the consequences of a race to control what they believe will be the next key consumer technology market â€” virtual assistants like Amazon\'s Alexa and Google Assistant...
Virtual assistants have access to a broader and more personal range of data than, say, a search engine. A virtual assistant can be like a personal secretary, with access to many of the most intimate details of your life.
Dr. Lam is collaborating with a group of Stanford faculty members and students to build a virtual assistant that would allow individuals and corporations to avoid surrendering personal information as well as retain a degree of independence from giant technology companies.
The system from Dr. Lamâ€™s group is called Almond. In a recent paper, they argued for an approach in which virtual assistant software is decentralized and connected by programming standards that will make it possible for consumers to choose where their information is stored and how it is shared.
.. Full Story
Container Owners Association to launch telematics interoperability standard for shipping containers
International Shipping News –June 12, 2019 - The Container Owners Association, the international organisation representing the common interests of freight containers owners, has announced that its Telematics/Track Trace Work Group will take the unprecedented step of providing an open standard (at the application layer level) to permit interoperability of telematics device data from the various solution providers in the maritime shipping sector.
The open standard, which will start with refrigerated containers, but then be expanded to cover all container types, will pave the way for all container owners to have multiple choices of vendors and platforms for their container fleets when choosing telematics systems. This will reduce risk and provide a more competitive and innovative marketplace of solutions to be explored and deployed...This new open standard will allow container owners to explore more complex IT, Artificial Intelligence and even Blockchain applications to bring efficiencies and cost savings... Full Story
When will Wi-Fi 6 smart home gadgets get here? Here\'s what the industry\'s sayingRy Crist
–June 11, 2019 - This year marks the debut of a new version of Wi-Fi called 802.11ax, or Wi-Fi 6. Key among the improvements: the ability to send information to multiple devices at once with a single transmission, and better energy management for battery-powered devices, too. That means that consumers with an abundance of smart home gadgets under their roofs competing for bandwidth might be among those with the most to gain.
The Wi-Fi Alliance won\'t start offering official certification for new Wi-Fi 6 devices until this fall, with ratification of the standard forecast for shortly thereafter, but that hasn\'t stopped router manufacturers from going ahead and embracing the new standard. In fact, you can already find new Wi-Fi 6 routers from names like Netgear and Asus on the shelf at retailers like Best Buy and on Amazon. Wi-Fi 6 mesh options are on the way, too... However, they won\'t do much of anything to speed things up until you\'ve got Wi-Fi 6 smart home devices that are capable of taking advantage of next-gen Wi-Fi features like OFDMA and Target Wake Time. And, to date, those gadgets don\'t exist yet. To my knowledge, none have even even been announced yet... Full Story
G+D Mobile Security and IDEMIA Intend to Create the White Label Alliance (WLA) to Define an Open Standard for Payment
–June 10, 2019 - Considering global market demand for independent and standardized payment solutions, G+D Mobile Security and IDEMIA announce their intention to create the White Label Alliance (WLA) to provide a new security solution for next generation payment applications. The solution will be based on White Label EMV specifications and will enable ready-to-deploy solutions for domestic payment schemes and closed-loop worldwide.
The new alliance is a response to the growing global demand for new, next-generation independent payment solutions. By providing global open standards that are governed by an independent body, the White Label Alliance ensures that commercial solutions can be built on these specifications enabling innovative and competitive offerings... Full Story
W3C and WHATWG to work together to advance the open Web platformJeff Jaffe
–June 7, 2019 - I am pleased to announce that W3C and the WHATWG have just signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of a single version of the HTML and DOM specifications. The Memorandum of Understanding jointly published as the WHATWG/W3C Joint Working Mode gives the specifics of this collaboration.
Motivated by the belief that having two distinct HTML and DOM specifications claiming to be normative is generally harmful for the community, and the mutual desire to bring the work back together, W3C and WHATWG agree to the following terms:
â€¢W3C and WHATWG work together on HTML and DOM, in the WHATWG repositories, to produce a Living Standard and Recommendation/Review Draft-snapshots
â€¢WHATWG maintains the HTML and DOM Living Standards
â€¢W3C facilitates community work directly in the WHATWG repositories (bridging communities, developing use cases, filing issues, writing tests, mediating issue resolution)
â€¢W3C stops independent publishing of a designated list of specifications related to HTML and DOM and instead will work to take WHATWG Review Drafts to W3C Recommendations... Full Story
Developing Standards For AI Won't Go Like Past TechnologiesAaron Boyd
–June 5, 2019 - As with any technology, artificial intelligence will need near-universal standards in order to meet its potential. But those standards will be developed much differently than that of past advancements, according to experts.
While some countries across the globe came together to establish a set of high-level principles for artificial intelligence technologies, U.S. scientists and officials are working on more comprehensive standards.
The standards set forth by the international Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development "begin to answer the question of how we should think about developing and deploying AI technologies,"... Full Story
Global standard setting bodies repose faith in HuaweiLiYan
–June 4, 2019 - Huawei Technologies Co remained in the list of some key global standard-setting bodies against U.S. government's restrictions on the country's tech firms, as the world\'s largest telecom equipment maker continues its contribution to an open and sustainable telecom community globally.
The move came as earlier reports last week said that Huawei has disappeared from the member list of world groups dedicated in making standards related to the information communications and technology industry, including JEDEC, SD Association, Wi-Fi Alliance and USB-IF.
By Thursday, the Chinese tech giant remained in the membership list on the websites of all four associations which set or promote standards in semiconductor, memory card, wireless network and common interface respectively...
Huawei has joined more than 400 standards organizations, industry alliances, and open source communities, in which its staff members have served in more than 400 key positions. The company submitted more than 5,000 standard proposals and nearly 60,000 related articles last year, its annual report showed... Full Story
DIN and SAE present new terminology standard for automated vehiclesPress Release
–June 3, 2019 - SAE International and the German Institute for standardization (DIN) announce the new specification DIN SAE SPEC 91381 "Terms and definitions related to testing of automated vehicle technologies". For the first time, DIN and SAE International have teamed up to develop a bilingual (German/English) specification on automated vehicle technologies. As Automated Vehicle (AV) research and development intensifies and nears projected commercialization, various industry stakeholders have expressed the need to establish a common language and understanding among industry stakeholders, particularly with regard to the latest technological developments around AV testing... Full Story
ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposed New ISO Standard on Design and Safety of Sex Toys
–May 31, 2019 - As the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages its members and relevant stakeholders to submit comments on a proposal submitted by the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) for a new ISO standard on design and safety requirements for sex toys. All interested U.S. parties are invited to review the proposal and submit comments to ANSI by June 28, 2019.
According to the proposal, there are no regulations or international standards specific to these types of products in the global market, resulting in variable product tests, safety methods, and quality assessments. In a study published in 2018, Swedish researchers discovered an increase in the recorded number of incidences requiring medical intervention related to the use these products.
The proposal states that a global standard on design and safety requirements for sex toys would benefit manufacturers, retailers, medical providers, and consumers by reducing the numbers of incidences where these products cause unnecessary pain or injury to users and expense to the health care sector. Establishing clear requirements for risk assessment and recommended design considerations along with sufficient user information will enable companies to show conformity... Full Story
Huawei Kicked From SD and Wi-Fi Standards GroupsJosh Hendrickson
–May 30, 2019 - Huawei is in a tough position. Google pulled its Android vendor license, Intel, Qualcomm, and ARM refuse to work with the company, Microsoft pulled its laptop and cloud offerings, and now the mobile company finds itself ejected from the SD and Wi-Fi standards associations.
If you want to make a product that uses SD cards, you need to join the SD Association. It's a non-profit organization that sets standards for SD and microSD cards, and membership is required to build products that use the standard.
Without the membership, you can't make SD cards, and you can't make products that work with SD cards. And now Huawei isn't a member...
To make matters somewhat worse, it appears the Wi-Fi Alliance also ejected Huawei. Ejection isn't quite as dire, Huawei can continue to incorporate Wi-Fi into its products, but it won't get certification for those products... Full Story