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SESEI 3 Newsletter, India Issue 09, July 2018

A very warm welcome to all our readers as we bring this ninth edition of our “Project SESEI Newsletter India”. Through this newsletter, it is our endeavor to update you with the latest information around standards, polices, new initiatives and technologies from Europe on the project priority sectors (Smart Cities, Automotive, ICT including Services and Electrical Equipment including Consumer Electronics).

We would like to begin by thanking all of you in making the success of the 3rd Indo-European Conference on Standards and Emerging Technology held on 26th April 2018, New Delhi, India. This 3rd conference in the series was an ongoing attempt to further build on the platform for having an effective and continuous dialogue between India and Europe around new and emerging technologies and as well identify key areas of collaboration. The focus of the conference this year was on Automotive, Smart Energy and ICT. During the conference three comprehensive study reports were released on these subjects. You may download the copy of study report, conference presentations and the event report from here (
The news and information in this newsletter is an extension of our last edition. As you are aware the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became applicable across EU’s member states uniformly from 25th May 2018. The Regulation is designed to make sure that people’s personal information is protected – no matter where it is sent, processed or stored – even outside the EU, as may often be the case on the internet. Accordingly, appropriate measures are being adopted by Indian companies dealing with the data from Europe. Apart from GDPR, Artificial Intelligence and Energy efficiency are key areas of focus for European Commission. ETSI hosted a conference on Data Protection and Privacy in a Data-Driven Economy to exchange views and concerns on the topics that impact both enterprises and citizens’ lives.

The Commission has released its Communication COM(2018) 237 ‘Artificial Intelligence for Europe’, setting out a European initiative on Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is part of its “Delivering on the Digital Single Market. The Commission also recognizes the role of standardization towards accomplishment of these goals. CEN, CENELEC and ETSI are contributing by way of creating new standards to answer the challenges AI brings, particularly in terms of safety and liability and ethical considerations.
On the adoption of the new energy efficiency savings target of 32.5% for 2030 by the European Commission, the CEN CENELEC Sector Forum Energy Management (SFEM) presented its position on achieving this objective at the policy conference for EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2018.

The European Commission also recognizes standardization as a key tool for the dissemination and exploitation of research and innovation activities. It presented the communication [COM(2018) 435)] on the next Framework Programme on Research and Innovation ‘Horizon Europe’ (FP9). CEN and CENELEC welcome this ambitious proposal, which is crucial for the global competitiveness of EU industry.

As you may know, ETSI has completed 30 successful years in creating global standards for ICT. More than 150 participants from 33 countries participated at the 71st General Assembly of ETSI, where comprehensive report on the achievements in ETSI technical working groups and two partnership projects, 3GPP and oneM2M was presented by the DG ETSI.

ETSI Open Source MANO (OSM) has just reached the critical number of 100 participating organizations in the group. ETSI is pleased to announce the availability of OSM Release FOUR bringing a large set of new features and enhancements.

The ETSI Experiential Networked Intelligence Industry Specification Group (ENI ISG) has released five specifications on use case, requirements, Context Aware Policy Management, terminology and a Proof of Concept (PoC) Framework. NFV or network slicing, which are key technologies for 5G, the network becomes more flexible and powerful but remains complex. Similarly, the ETSI Industry Specification Group for cross-cutting Context Information Management (ISG CIM) has released its first specification GS CIM 004 , which defines a simple way to send or request data and its context such as the meaning, related information, source or licensing of that data. Smart cities will be the first ones to benefit from this specification. ETSI also achieved 92% success for mission critical voice, video & data tests during a week-long event of intensive testing of more than 300 combinations of vendors and equipment, based on 3GPP Release 14.

CEN CENELEC has released two new standards specifying safety requirements for switch mode power supply unit, it also published two technical reports on the use of electronic signature. A new standard on use of biomethane as a renewable energy and to mitigate climate change was published by CEN. CEN-CENELC during its General Assembly 2018 adopted the Innovation plan which will address the need to offer fast-track processes to transform research results, specifications into standards.

The subjects of Artificial Intelligence, data protection, energy efficiency and sustainable development are issues which are common to India as well. The new development, guidelines and approach towards these key topics in Europe will definitely help all of us in better understanding, benchmarking, adoption and knowledge sharing of best practices.

With this message, I invite you all to read this newsletter and earnestly share your comments and suggestions to make this newsletter even better and informative. Happy Reading!!!

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