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World Standards Cooperation Exhibition to Focus on the Fully Networked Car


New York, Feb 06, 2007

The convergence of telecommunications and information technologies has given rise to a host of new automotive applications. Advancements in in-vehicle technology include GPS navigation systems, vehicle tracking devices, hands-free and voice recognition software, and even mobile internet services that allow passengers to check e-mail, surf the web, or play games via any WiFi-enabled device.

This rapidly expanding market of information and communication technologies (ICT) in motor vehicles is the focus of the upcoming workshop, The Fully Networked Car: Information and Communication Technologies in Motor Vehicles, at the 77th International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland. Organized by the World Standards Cooperation (WSC)—a joint venture between the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)—the workshop will be held March 7 – 9, 2007.

While ICT advancements have the potential to vastly improve vehicle safety and mobility, they also raise some fundamental questions. What must be done to face the technical and engineering challenges? How to ensure that the right standards are adopted to deal with the complexity of so many electronic components? And what are the best ways to allow this market to develop to its full potential? The goals of the workshop are to shed light on these questions, to establish a constructive dialogue among stakeholders, to reach a better understanding between the telecommunications and automotive sectors, and to combine their efforts and skills to create standards that are mutually beneficial.

The workshop will be accompanied by an exhibition, held March 8 – 18, 2007, that will showcase the latest technologies and concepts in the field. Participation in the three-day workshop is free and open to ITU Member States, ITU Sector Members, ITU Associates and any individual from a country which is a member of ITU. Stakeholders in attendance will include standards experts, engineers, government officials, regulators, high-level decision makers, and computer technology experts.

For additional program details and to register for the event, please click here.


Established by the ISO, IEC, and ITU in 2001, the WSC seeks to strengthen, promote, and advance international consensus-based standards. Operating according to the principle “one standard, one test— accepted everywhere,” the WSC serves stakeholders worldwide, including representatives of industry, the business community, governments, and international organizations, as well as consumers.

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