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Dear Readers,

We are happy to present the eighth edition of the “SESEI newsletter India”. This newsletter consists of latest updates, news, and information from the European standardization bodies on new technologies, release and development of standards & initiatives including policy recommendation from European Commission for the period of April 2021 to June 2021.

During the last quarter India, and European Union (EU) have resumed talks for a comprehensive trade agreement after a gap of eight years. The trade negotiations were suspended in 2013 after several rounds of talks spanning for six years. Both sides have worked intensively to arrive at a common understanding. India acknowledges the EU’s strength in regulatory matters and standards and is closely cooperating on digital standards and sustainable development goals.

European Commission have always adopted a Global Approach towards Research and Innovation and aims to take a leading role in supporting international research and innovation partnerships to deliver innovative solutions to make our societies green, digital, and healthy. In this regard,Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation framework programme for the period of 2021-2027, will be a key instrument for the implementation of EU’s innovation strategy.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will play a significant role in the digital transformation as acknowledged globally. Although the advantages of AI in our daily lives are undeniable, people are concerned about its dangers. Inadequate physical security, safety, economic losses, and ethical issues are just a few examples of the damages & danger AI could cause. European Commission (EC) had earlier released a White Paper on AI and now EC is presenting its new, long-awaited regulation on Artificial Intelligence (AI). This focus on AI on the part of the European Commission brings forward not only valuable questions for the continued evolution and safe deployment of this technology, but opportunities for ensuring the digital sovereignty of Europe for the future. To help address these questions and provide support to the deployment of AI in Europe, European standards play a key role. To organise and develop standardization work on this issue, CEN and CENELEC have established the CEN-CENELEC Joint Technical Committee 21 ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and have also released the CEN and CENELEC’s Road Map on AI. ETSI has also recently released ETSI GR SAI 005, a report which summarizes and analyses existing and potential mitigation against threats for AI-based systems. Setting a baseline for a common understanding of relevant AI cyber security threats and mitigations will be key for widespread deployment and acceptance of AI systems and applications. The report summarizes existing and potential mitigation approaches against training attacks. The French government has also committed 1.2 million euro to facilitate the creation of globally accepted consensus standards, under the ‘Invest for the Future’ to support French players in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) by creating, through the influence of voluntary standardization.

At ETSI Many new White papers and standards have been released in the last quarter. ETSI released IoT Testing Specifications for MQTT, COAP, Industrial Automation and Control Systems. The Open Source MANO celebrated its 5th year and introduced OSM Release TEN, bringing with it , a new design that allows OSM modules to be decoupled and distributed across the network for higher resilience, facilitating edge and geo-redundant deployments. A white paper titled MEC security: Status of standards support and future evolutions focusing on the MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) technologies intends to explore security-related use cases and requirements with the aim of identifying aspects of security where the nature of edge computing results in insufficient industry approaches to cloud security.

Many other important developments, new concepts and standards released by the Project partners are highlighted through this newsletter. White Papers/ Strategy documents as released by the European standardization bodies and upcoming events/seminars also form an integral part of our newsletter
The production linked Scheme (PLI) has been launched across many sectors. The primary motive to encourage indigenous manufacturing and enhance uptake of Indian products is at the core of this scheme. Telecom PLI has already been approved by the government. The telecom and network equipment manufacturing giants like Nokia, Ericsson are looking forward to expanding their base in India. The scheme will cover core transmission equipment, 4G/5G and next-generation radio access network and wireless equipment, access, and customer premise equipment (CPE), Internet of Things (IoT) access devices, and enterprise equipment such as switches and router.

We are hopeful that you will find this 8th edition of our newsletter, interesting and informative read for all of you. Stay Safe and Blessed.

Happy Reading!!!!

Warm regards,
Dinesh Chand Sharma (Seconded European Standardization Expert in India)
Director – Standards & Public Policy
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