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SAE International to form microbility data standards consortiumJason Plautz
–May 24, 2019 - SAE International announced it will form a consortium to develop best practices and standards for storing and sharing data acquired from shared micromobility services...
â€¢As cities seek data from shared bike and scooter networks, SAE International says its new consortium will develop a collaborative model with standardized data definitions and metrics, as well as safe storage... Full Story
Meet 'Doggo': New low-cost robot that can jump, flip
–May 23, 2019 - In a bid to make robotics technology more affordable and accessible, researchers have developed a relatively low-cost open-source robot that could one day help in rescue and search operations and pick up stuff with an arm or carry a package.
The "dog like" robot is capable of not only performing acrobatics like jump and flip but also travel through challenging terrain... Full Story
Broadband Forum publishes open source USP Agent, accelerating interoperable Connected Home deploymentsPress Release
–May 22, 2019 - Faster time-to-market for interoperable, standards-based Connected Home solutions which help operators unlock additional income was today made possible, as Broadband Forum published its Open Broadband â€“ USP Agent (OB-USP-Agent) implementation.
Giving vendors a code base to either integrate into their devices or use as a reference implementation as they utilize User Services Platform (USP), OB-USP-Agent facilitates USP deployment and enables faster time-to-market for USP-based innovation and solutions. The standards-based solution paves the way for large-scale operator deployments and lucrative new revenue streams while greatly limiting the risks associated with stunted ecosystems...
OB-USP Agent is the latest development to USP which evolves the TR-069 standard by using the same data models to build a network of controllers and agents to allow applications to manipulate service elements...[S]ervice providers, consumer electronics manufacturers and end-users can securely manage connected devices, carry out upgrades, for example, for critical security updates, and onboard new devices. Remote monitoring and troubleshooting of connected devices, services and home network links is also enabled, improving customer support... Full Story
New open source body to promote better, healthier citiesMarilyn de Villiers
–May 21, 2019 - The Linux Foundation has established the Urban Computing Foundation, whose goal is to make life more pleasant and sustainable in cities around the world.
It is a result of growing recognition of the important role of technology in the development of sustainable urban living, which is plagued by such issues as congestion, traffic chaos, pollution and increasing energy consumption...
The first project to be hosted at the foundation is Kepler.gl, a geospatial analysis tool created by Uber for building large-scale data sets. It was released in 2018 to help make it easier to create meaningful visualisations of location data without the need for coding... Full Story
A Turning Point for Humanity: Redefining the Worldâ€™s Measurement System
NIST Techbeat, on the latest evolutionary step of the Metric system –May 20, 2019 - After decades of groundbreaking laboratory work, the worldâ€™s scientific and technical community came together on November 16, 2018, to redefine four of the seven base units for the International System of Units (SI).
On November 16, 2018, in Versailles, France, a group of 60 countries made history. With a unanimous vote, they dramatically transformed the international system that underpins global science and trade. This single action finally realized scientistsâ€™ 150-year dream of a measurement system based entirely on unchanging fundamental properties of nature.
On that day, the International System of Units, informally known as the metric systemâ€”the way in which the world measures everything from coffee to the cosmosâ€”changed in a way that is more profound than anything since its establishment following the French Revolution... Full Story
Windows 10 says Hello to no passwords with FIDO2 certificationLiam Tung
Microsoft's Yogesh Mehta, commenting on the elimination of mandatory passwords in Windows 10 –May 9, 2019 - Microsoft has passed another milestone on its quest to kill off passwords. The company has now gained official FIDO2 certification for Windows Hello, the Windows 10 biometric authentication system. The certification applies to Windows 10 version 1903, aka the May 2019 Update, which is scheduled to be released to the public in late May and means Windows Hello has been approved as a FIDO2 \'authenticator\'.
Windows Hello offers Windows 10 users access to their devices by using a fingerprint or facial-recognition sensors on the PC as well as PINs... Full Story
SD Express cards to release in 2020, format adopted by cameras in 2021?James Artaius
–May 8, 2019 - The freshly minted SD Express format is anticipated to see its first physical cards appear next year, though adoption by the photographic industry may not occur until 2021...the main driving force behind SD Express was not the photographic industry, but rather other industries such as mobile computing, videogames, automotive and IoT...These industries were eager to embrace the more current and established PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) and NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) protocols used by the CF Express and XQD format, which effectively gives the SD Express standard similar properties to much faster SSD (solid state drive) storage...SD Express offers big benefits to photography â€“ boosting the storage limit from 2TB to 128TB, and boosting speed almost 600% to 985MB/s, making it the best memory card standard for things like 8K video and super slow-mo shooting... Full Story
NIST/DOC Requests Input on Federal Engagement in Artificial Intelligence Standards Activities
–May 6, 2019 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comment on the current state, plans, challenges, and opportunities related to artificial intelligence (AI) technical standards, as well as priority areas for federal involvement in AI standards-related activities, pursuant to the February 11, 2019, Executive Order (EO) on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence. The EO directs NIST to create a plan for federal government engagement in the development of technical standards and related tools in support of reliable, robust, and trustworthy systems that use AI technologies.
For assistance in developing the plan, NIST is seeking input from federal agencies, the private sector, academia, non-governmental entities, standards organizations, and others with an interest and expertise in AI... Full Story
U.S. Proposes ATSC 3.0 Be Adopted As An International Broadcast Standard
TV Technology –April 15, 2019 - A delegation from the U.S. has asked the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) that it adopt the ATSC 3.0 digital broadcast standard for use by all countries in the world. The proposal is the first major step in the evaluation process for worldwide acceptance of the standard, the association said.
...ATSC 3.0 is the world's first Internet-Protocol-based television broadcast standard...
Developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the ATSC 3.0 standard has been adopted in both the United States and the Republic of Korea... Full Story
New NEMA standard identifies performance requirements for stationary electrical energy storage systemsPress Release
–April 12, 2019 - 10 April 2019
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published NEMA ESS 1-2019 Protocol for Uniformly Measuring and Expressing the Performance of Electrical Energy Storage Systems. This Standard provides a set of best practices for characterizing stationary electrical energy storage systems (ESSs) and measuring and reporting their performance.
An ESS includes a storage device, battery management system, and any power conversion systems installed with the storage device. This Standard treats all systems the same concerning technology, size, and rating... Full Story