The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, ATIS (News - Alert), launched four new metadata standards to support Content on Demand or CoD.
These four standards are provided by ATIS’ IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF), a developer of requirements, standards, and specifications for Internet Protocol Television, or IPTV (News - Alert). This is towards ATIS IIF’s Phase 2 work.
ATIS has been developing standards and solutions that address a wide range of industry issues. Earlier in April 2009, IIF completed the work of Phase 1of its three-phased Work Plan. Phase 1 focused on the IIF’s standardization of linear television service over an IP network. Phase 2 is said to focus on enabling interactive services, including on-demand applications and pay-per-view programming and Phase 3 will focus on IPTV's most demanding applications, such as multi-party video conferencing and next-generation gaming.
“These new and updated ATIS Standards provide enhancements and rich information regarding IPTV programming that, among other things, will give users the personal control they demand over their TV experience,” Susan Miller (News - Alert), president and chief executive officer at ATIS said in a press release.
“In conjunction with other ATIS standards, they will be used to provide compelling and competitive service offerings through a dynamic range of consumer electronics equipment, including hand-held devices,” Miller added.
As indicated, two of the standards are updated and extended to provide support for CoD applications and pay-per-view programming. Also, the recently-completed metadata standards include; IPTV Electronic Program Guide Metadata; IPTV Consumer Domain Device Configuration Metadata; IPTV Media Bookmark Specification; IPTV Electronic Program Guide Metadata for Light-Weight Devices.
These new standards are made available through the ATIS Document Center. The Document Center is the online resource to published and pre-published telecommunication standards, as well as technical reports, requirements and guidelines produced by ATIS-sponsored industry forums and committees.
In other news, to advance the efforts of healthcare systems nationwide to use technology to improve care delivery, ATIS, through its Wireless Technologies and Systems Committee (WTSC) recently launched a new mobile healthcare (mHealth) initiative with the ultimate goal of supporting a global wireless health ecosystem. With the increasing demands being placed on the nation's healthcare system, traditional care delivery is evolving into an alternative model in which care also takes place outside of physicians' offices and hospitals. This new vision implements innovative tools and processes ranging from remote monitoring of health indicators and enhanced diagnostics to wireless fitness monitoring.
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Edited by Jennifer Russell