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Global Standardization Groups Collaborate to Improve Telecommunication Standardization

ANSI delegates share information on intellectual property rights and homeland security

New York , May 20, 2004

Members of an ANSI delegation met with senior representatives of the world’s leading radio, information and communications technologies standards organizations in Seoul, Korea, May 9-13, at the ninth Global Standards Collaboration meeting (GSC-9).

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

Ms. Marasco delivered a presentation on intellectual property rights (IPR) and standards, and provided examples of recent updates in the areas of patents, copyright and antitrust, and also presented on ANSI’s activities related to the ANSI National Standards Strategy and outreach to fora/consortia. Mr. Bart delivered a presentation on the ANSI-HSSP. ANSI accredited standards developers also in attendance included TIA, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, as well as 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,” said Dr. Ki Shik Park, GSC-9 chairman and vice chairman of the Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea (TTA), which hosted the meeting. “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 (GTSC-2) and Global Radio Standards Collaboration (GRSC-2). The GSC-9 meeting demonstrated a continuing show of support for the worldwide communications standards development processes and a renewed commitment towards improving communication collaboration between their respective organizations. It was the latest in a series that began in 1990.

Areas of particular emphasis for GTSC and GRSC included the development of next generation networks, security of networks, emergency communications services, broadband access, beyond third-generation mobile technology, with agreement on many other related topics and joint actions. 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, that are available for viewing via the TTA website, 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 world wide, GSC-9 noted how medium-range communications between vehicles can help avoid accidents and how automatic crash notification messages can speed the response of help when a vehicle accident does occur.

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

Emphasizing the importance of user input into the standardization process, a major area of discussion was challenges facing consumers in participating in the development of standards. Further avenues for collaboration and consultation were proposed which could provide valuable and timely insight into consumer needs in future standardization. The group is also concerned with special communication needs of people with disabilities and the aged community.

The joint Global Standards Collaboration and Radio Standardization meeting is the latest in a series of such events that commenced in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 1990. Their goal is to promote informal linkage among senior officials from national, regional and international telecommunication standards bodies in support of the work of the International Telecommunication Union. The next GSC-10 meeting was agreed to be hosted by ETSI, August 28-September 1, 2005, in Sophia-Antipolis, France. For more information, the official Communique and the meeting documents and resolutions visit

The GSC-9 meeting provides a framework for exchanging information, establishing objectives to accelerate the process of global telecommunication and radio standards development and promoting interconnectivity and interoperability.

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