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ICT Standardization Essential to Interoperability

New York, Feb 07, 2008

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in partnership with the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), organized a joint international conference this week to address standards-based solutions to interoperability challenges. [see related article]

Entitled Interoperability: Key to International Business, the two-day event was held in Warsaw, Poland, on February 6-7, 2008. The conference partners selected Warsaw as the host city to encourage greater participation by Central European stakeholders in standardization activities.

In an effort to facilitate transatlantic trade and innovation, the Interoperability Conference opened a dialogue focused primarily on information and communications technology (ICT) applications. Participants agreed that standards are essential to this dialogue; interoperability issues must be considered at the beginning of the standardization process and all stakeholders must be involved to ensure that market needs are met.

A series of presentations identified the multiple roles that interoperability plays: in the built environment from security systems and appliances, to energy management and the “smart house”; in the entertainment industry, from enhancing the way we enjoy television programming in our homes to the standardization of cable networks; in helping business save costs by making electronic transactions; and in RFID technology-based applications, influencing telecommunications and electronic identification methods such as ePassport.

Conference participants identified several other issues for consideration, such as the need for better links between research, innovation, and standardization, and the contribution of conformity assessment activities to interoperability.

The conference engaged attendees from twenty-two countries and included participation by industry and government representatives as well as user communities and standards developing organizations. The first of its kind, the joint international conference was an important stepping-stone on the path of collaboration between standards organizations in the United States and Europe.

A complete conference report will be available for public review in the coming weeks on the ANSI event webpage.

Hosted by the Polish Committee for Standardization (PKN), the conference was supported by DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission, the European Free Trade Association, and Microsoft Corporation.

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