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​ITU-T Focus Groups

Focus Groups are an instrument created by ITU-T that augment the Study Group work programme by providing an alternative working environment for the quick development of specifications in their chosen areas. Focus Groups are now widely used to address industry needs as they emerge, and when they are not covered within an existing Study Group. The key difference between Study Groups and Focus Groups is the freedom that they have to organize and finance themselves. Focus Groups can be created very quickly, are usually short-lived and can choose their own working methods, leadership, financing, and types of deliverables.

ITU-T Focus Groups and Recommendation ITU-T A.7

Focus Groups are an instrument created by ITU–T to provide an additional working environment for the quick development of standards in specific areas. The procedure in ITU-T Rec. A.7 defines how an "arms-length" entity (called a "Focus Group" in ITU-T parlance) can be created to work with an ITU–T Study Group as a parent body while at the same time maintaining a high degree of independence, in particular concerning working methods, types of outputs, membership, financing, and administration. More

FG-AI4EE

ITU-T Focus Group on "Environmental Efficiency for Artificial Intelligence and other Emerging Technologies" (FG-AI4EE)
(In operation since 2019-05)

The ITU-T Focus Group on “Environmental Efficiency for AI and other Emerging Technologies” (FG-AI4EE) will identify the standardization gaps related to the environmental performance of AI and other emerging technologies including automation, augmented reality, virtual reality, extended reality, smart manufacturing, industry 5.0, cloud/edge computing, nanotechnology, 5G, among others. The focus group will develop technical reports and technical specifications to address the environmental efficiency, as well as water and energy consumption of emerging technologies.

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FG-AI4H

ITU-T Focus Group on "Artificial Intelligence for Health" (FG-AI4H)
(In operation since 2018-07)

The ITU-T Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence for Health (AI4H) was established by ITU-T Study Group 16 at its meeting in Ljubljana, 9-20 July 2018. The Focus Group will work in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) towards a common methodology for the assessment of AI4H solutions.

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FG-VM

ITU-T Focus Group on "Vehicular Multimedia" (FG-VM)
(In operation since 2018-07)

The ITU-T Focus Group on Vehicular Multimedia was established by ITU-T Study Group 16 at its meeting in Ljubljana, 9-20 July 2018. The Focus Group will analyze and identify gaps in the vehicular multimedia standardization landscape and eventually draft technical reports and specifications covering, among others, vehicular multimedia use cases, requirements, applications, interfaces, protocols, architectures and security.

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FG NET-2030

ITU-T Focus Group on Technologies for Network 2030 (FG NET-2030)
(In operation since 2018-07)

The ITU-T Focus Group Technologies for Network 2030 (FG NET-2030) was established by ITU-T Study Group 13 at its meeting in Geneva, 16-27 July 2018.

The Focus Group, intends to study the capabilities of networks for the year 2030 and beyond, when it is expected to support novel forward-looking scenarios, such as holographic type communications, extremely fast response in critical situations and high-precision communication demands of emerging market verticals. The study aims to answer specific questions on what kinds of network architecture and the enabling mechanisms are suitable for such novel scenarios.

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FG-ML5G

ITU-T Focus Group on Machine Learning for Future Networks including 5G (FG-ML5G)
(In operation since 2017-11)

The ITU-T Focus Group on Machine Learning for Future Networks including 5G was established by ITU-T Study Group 13 at its meeting in Geneva, 6-17 November 2017. The Focus Group will draft technical reports and specifications for machine learning (ML) for future networks, including interfaces, network architectures, protocols, algorithms and data formats.

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FG DLT

​ITU-T Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology (FG DLT)
(In operation since 2017-05)

The ITU-T Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology was established by ITU-T TSAG at its meeting in Geneva, 1-4 May 2017. The Focus Group will analyse applications and services based on digital ledger technology, identify best practices and guidance supporting the implementation of such applications and services on a global scale, and identify areas requiring further study and standardization.

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FG DFC

​ITU-T Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency (FG DFC)
(In operation since 2017-05)

The ITU-T Focus Group Digital Currency including digital fiat currency was established by ITU-T TSAG at its meeting in Geneva, 1-4 May 2017. FG-DFC will establish a forum for dialogue among players in the banking, fintech and telecom sectors to share information, best practices, develop a series of deliverables and showcasing innovations, requirements for network infrastructure and standards in the area of central bank issued digital currency.

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FG-DPM

​ITU-T Focus Group on Data Processing and Management to support IoT and Smart Cities & Communities (FG-DPM)
(In operation since 2017-03)

The ITU-T Focus Group on Data Processing and Management to support IoT and Smart Cities & Communities was established by ITU-T Study Group 20 at its meeting in Dubai, 13-23 March 2017. The focus group provides a platform for dialogue between all interested parties, and invites both ITU-T members and non-members to submit contributions and to participate in its work to deliver timely, relevant outputs in order to promote the establishment of data management frameworks for IoT and Smart Cities & Communities.

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