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World Standards Cooperation Conference to Focus on the Future of Digital Technology in the Home


New York, Jan 19, 2006

Imagine waking in the morning and being able to switch on the lights, start the shower, and brew a pot of coffee, all with the push of one button. Developments in the field of digital home technology, have turned this once far-fetched notion into reality.

Technically savvy residences known as “smart homes” operate through a communications infrastructure that allows for the exchange of commands between home devices and systems. Making use of a network of computers that send and receive information, smart homes can respond automatically to one’s movements and can be controlled remotely. For example, lights and home temperatures can be manipulated from afar or respond to the people living within the home.

The future of digital technologies in the home will serve as the focal point of discussion at the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) conference in Geneva, Switzerland. The event, which will take place at the International Conference Centre on February 2-3, 2006, represents a joint venture between the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in cooperation with more than twenty other industry groups.

Designed to allow for the open exchange of ideas, the conference will focus on the role of standards as essential market enablers. Particular emphasis will be given to determining ways in which standardization programs can be harmonized to sustain and accelerate emerging technologies such as smart homes. Keynote speakers and panelists representing industry and organizations from around the globe will address topics ranging from wireless multimedia home applications and in-home cabling to digital TV receivers and home servers.

The conference is a forum for leaders of digital technology industries to review current approaches in international standardization and to identify and discuss future trends and initiatives. The event is restricted to selected high-level professionals by invitation only.


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. A previous WSC conference held in 2004 addressed international standardization in the field of medical technologies.

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