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Switzerland gets new trade association to boost blockchain use in capital markets
–June 19, 2018 - Leading Swiss financial, technological, academic and legal industry players have come together to form a new associative body â€“ the Capital Markets and Technology Association (CMTA) â€“ to facilitate the use of blockchain technology in financial markets...CMTA was discussed and its concepts refined in the framework of the Center for Digital Trust at EPFL. Jacques Iffland, partner at Lenz & Staehelin, has been appointed as the chair of the newly formed association...According to the official release, the CMTA will work towards creating open standards and toolkits that can be used by new or established companies, businesses and start-ups to access funding and raise capital securely and efficiently, using new technologies and leveraging digitalisation... Full Story
W3C STRATEGIC HIGHLIGHTS, SPRING 2018
–June 18, 2018 - W3C released today its W3C Strategic Highlights â€“ May 2018, a comprehensive survey of the essential work W3C conducts to achieve a Web for All, and select recent work in many areas where the Web can solve arising problems for real people.
A strong emphasis in this report is how progress in many areas demonstrates both the vitality of the W3C and the Web community. We see the maturation and further development of an incredible number of new technology coming to the Web. Full Story
MIPI, VESA Plug in Mobile VideoDale Stolitzka
–June 15, 2018 - By 2021, 82% of all consumer Internet traffic will be video, Ciscoâ€™s Visual Networking Index predicts, a 73% increase from 2016...The numbers highlight the fundamental role that video will play in nearly every type of device from smartphones, tablets and AR/VR headsets to connected cars and the Internet of Things (IoT). To meet that demand, the MIPI Alliance just released new versions of MIPI Display Serial Interface 2 (DSI-2) and MIPI Display Command Set (DCS).
MIPI DSI-2 v1.1 specifies the physical link between the chip and display in devices such as smartphones... The specification also is a good fit for IoT devices, such as smart appliances that use displays for streaming video. MIPI DCS v1.4 permits easy access from one embedded controller to support several display screens that are transmitted over MIPI DSI-2 v1.1.
Both MIPI DSI-2 v1.1 and MIPI DCS v1.4 support Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) Display Compression-M. VDC-M is a new display interface compression standard specifically designed for handheld displays... Full Story
Google, Apple and Microsoft team up to create new Braille standard
–June 8, 2018 - Technology giants including rival firms Google, Apple and Microsoft have got together to create a new standard for Braille computer accessories.
The group of tech firms, operating as the non-profit USB Implementers Forum, hope the Braille standard will help to make computing more accessible to blind users and those with low vision, Engadget reports.
At the moment, some Braille displays only work with certain PCs, or require additional software and drivers to use, says CNet. The new USB Human Interface Device (HID) standard will make it easier to use Braille readers across operating systems and hardware.
Blind or low vision users will be able to plug their Braille display into a PC, Mac and Android devices and use it instantly, just like a conventional USB mouse or keyboard.
The new software standard will also help streamline the development process for tech manufacturers making accessories with Braille displays... Full Story
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 is now a W3C RecommendationPress Release
–June 8, 2018 - Today W3C announces a significant update to W3C\'s internationally-recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines which addresses accessibility of web content, websites and web applications on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 expands upon guidance developed by W3C\'s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) over the years, and is used widely around the world to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities...
WCAG 2.1 expands existing coverage of mobile accessibility, and adds more provisions in the areas of low vision, and cognitive and learning disabilities...As with WCAG 2.0, following these guidelines will make content more accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity, and learning disabilities and cognitive limitations. Following these guidelines can also make websites more usable for all users... Full Story
NEMA Introduces TS 8-2018 Security Standard for Cyber and Physical Security in Transportation SystemsPress Release
–June 6, 2018 - NEMA TS 8-2018 security standard gives a fair balance between the current threat environment and real-world without hampering reliability of the transportation systems. The standard provides a practical and effective way to achieve security for the transportation systems performing critical infrastructure functions. It also provides a platform for security measures to prevent the future cyber threats... Full Story
Dutch regulator calls for IoT security standard
–June 5, 2018 - Unsafe IoT equipment is becoming a social risk, Dutch regulator Agentschap Telecom (AT) said in its State of the Ether 2017 annual report. Unsafe devices can unqwillingly give unwanted access to cyber criminals and cyber infections. This could ultimately lead to large-scale network failures of networks and automated business processes. AT said it wants standards for the digital security of all equipment that can be connected to the internet. As long as formal legislation is lacking, the industry should itself come up with standards and a hallmark. The CE mark could be extended with requirements for security and cybersecurity... Full Story
OpenStack Foundation Wants Us All To Agree On â€œThe Edgeâ€David Curry
–June 4, 2018 - The OpenStack Foundation has published a white paper on edge computing, the result of a year of intense debate on the definition of â€œthe edgeâ€ and the potential use cases for edge technologies...In it, OpenStack defines edge computing as â€œoffering application developers and service providers cloud computing capabilities, as well as an IT service environment at the edge of a network. The aim is to deliver compute, storage, and bandwidth much closer to data inputs and/or end users.â€
It also sets out some of the requirements for edge computing, which include a virtual machine, an image manager, storage manager, network manager, administrative tools, a way to address storage latency, reinforced security, resource utilization monitoring, orchestration tools to manage multiple sites, and load balancing across hardware... Full Story
Khronos builds out the ecosystem ready for NNEF launchPeter McGuinness
–June 7, 2018 - Khronos last week announced the launch of a project with Au-zone of Calgary, Canada to produce two conversion tools that will allow developers to import NNEF files into TensorFlow and Caffe2 as well as export NNEF files from those training frameworks. In line with Khronosâ€™ recent policy, the tools will be made available in the second half of 2018 as open source projects on Github where contributions from the open source community will be welcomed. These tools will join the converters for Caffe and Tensorflow (which has two formats to consider) and the NNEF parser that are all already available.
The Neural Network Exchange Format is an open, royalty free standard from Khronos that aims to make it easier to transfer neural networks between training frameworks as well as to deploy trained networks onto a wide variety of inference engines... Full Story
China Poised to Form Blockchain Standards Committee This YearChuan Tian
–May 29, 2018 - China expects to have its national blockchain standardization committee in place before the end of this year, according to an official from the country\'s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology...the committee\'s structure will be based on that of TC 307, a counterpart blockchain commission under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)...while the country is a participating member of the ISO\'s TC 307 commission, which focuses on standard frameworks for blockchain use in authentication and smart contracts, the ministry said in March 2018 that it is looking to build the country\'s own initiative around standardization... Full Story