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Articles by Richard Mumford, International Editor

Key Milestone Observed by ALMA

After more than ten years of design and construction by scientists and engineers across the globe, the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) has passed a key milestone, known as ‘phase closure’, crucial for the high quality images that will be the trademark of this new tool for astronomy. Engineers...
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Major Investment in BioP@ss European Research Project

Chip manufacturers Infineon Technologies AG and NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH and chip card maker Giesecke & Devrient GmbH are among the 11 companies from six European Union countries participating in the European research project BioP@ss to develop a high-security chip card platform. BioP@ss is the biggest chip card research...
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Europe-China Standards Platform Launched

The new Europe-China Standards Information Platform (CESIP) designed by the Sustainable Development Association (SDA) with the support of the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) has been launched. Aimed particularly at SMEs, the portal - http://eu-china-standards.eu - is a valuable source of information regarding the relevant...
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ETSI Begins Standardization of Reconfigurable Radio

Following the completion of a phase of feasibility studies, standardization of Reconfigurable Radio Systems (RRS) is underway. The initial phase of the work, carried out by ETSI's RRS Technical Committee, has resulted in a series of ETSI Technical Reports that examine the standardization needs and opportunities. They include architectural...
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Bell Labs and SK Telecom Take Next Technological Step

SK Telecom and Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that provides a framework for research projects in next generation communications networking. In the area of wireless technology, one potential project involves the two companies working toward defining what the shape of wireless...
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CNRS Establishes CINTRA Research in Asia

The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Thales have established a joint international research unit (UnitŽ Mixte Internationale) called the CNRS International - NTU - Thales Research Alliance (CINTRA). Based in Singapore, the new unit will conduct research into nanotechnologies for electronics,...
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GSMA Initiative Aims to Save Lives in Europe

The GSMA, the body representing the worldwide mobile communications industry, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to secure the deployment of a single, in-vehicle emergency call service, known as eCall, across Europe. eCall is an emergency call generated either manually by vehicle occupants or automatically via in-vehicle sensors...
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New ETSI Industry Group Searches for Identity

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has announced the creation of the ETSI Industry Specification Group for ‘Identity and access management for Networks and Services’ (ISG INS) to develop a common industry view on Identity Management (IdM) protocols and architectures, relating mainly to networks and services for the Internet...
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ITU, Inmarsat, and Vizada Take Emergency Action

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Inmarsat and Vizada SAS have reached an agreement to improve emergency communications for disaster preparedness and to coordinate relief activities in the aftermath of a disaster. Inmarsat and Vizada provide satellite-based solutions that are critical in supporting activities aimed at helping countries better respond...
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Linear Technology and C-MAC MicroTechnology Partner

C-MAC MicroTechnology and Linear Technology Corp. have formed a strategic partnership to provide the European, Canadian and Asian space markets with space qualified radiation hardened (rad-hard) monolithic devices and hybrid modules. This key partnership forms part of C-MAC’s strategy for growth within the space market following its accreditation to...
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