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Groups Meet to Improve Telecommunication Standardization

Published: Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 22:00

Members of an American National Standards Institute delegation have collaborated with senior representatives of the world’s leading radio, information and communications technologies standards organizations in Seoul, Korea, at the ninth Global Standards Collaboration meeting.

Among the ANSI delegates were Amy Marasco, ANSI vice president and general counsel, and Dan Bart, co-chair of the ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel and member of the ANSI Board. Bart also led the delegation for the Telecommunications Industry Association in his role as TIA senior vice president of standards and special projects.

Marasco delivered a presentation on intellectual property rights and standards, providing examples of recent updates in the areas of patents, copyright and antitrust. Bart delivered a presentation on the ANSI-HSSP. ANSI-accredited standards developers also in attendance included TIA, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and several ANSI company members.

"Recognized standards bodies from around the world have a responsibility to work together in developing standards that meet the demanding requirements of end users," says Ki Shik Park, GSC-9 chairman and vice chairman of the Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea. "GSC meetings provide a unique occasion for standards bodies to share information on those subjects which merit the greatest attention so that concerted and collaborative effort can be placed on preparing appropriate standards."

The event included co-located meetings of the Global Telecommunications Standards Collaboration and the Global Radio Standards Collaboration. Areas of emphasis for GTSC and GRSC included the development of next-generation networks, network security, emergency communications services, broadband access and beyond third-generation mobile technology. GTSC and GRSC have confirmed the need to work together to support the developing convergence between radio and other communications technologies while respecting the need for differing expertise in different areas.

GSC-9 adopted 15 resolutions, which are available for viewing at the TTA Web site, including multiple resolutions related to next-generation networks, systems beyond 3G, intellectual property rights, wireless access systems, emergency communications and public protection and disaster relief.

In support of World Health Day 2004, which highlighted the death and injury rate from vehicle accidents worldwide, GSC-9 examined how medium-range communications between vehicles can help avoid accidents and how automatic crash notification messages can speed the response of help when an accident occurs.

Standards organizations shared information about intellectual property rights issues worldwide, particularly copyrights related to software code reflected in standards, trademarks used in standards and the growing erosion of intellectual property rights protection in venues outside the traditional standardization process.

Emphasizing the importance of user input into the standardization process, collaborators also discussed challenges that face consumers participating in standards development.

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