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LS on Establishment of new ITU-T Focus Group on vehicular multimedia (FG-VM) and its first meeting [to TSAG, all ITU-T SGs; external organizations]

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State Posted
Submitted Date 2018-11-04
From Group ITU-T-SG-16
From Contact Simão Ferraz de Campos
To Group ipwave
To Contacts Carlos Bernardos <>
Russ Housley <>
Cc Terry Manderson <>
IP Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments Discussion List <>
Carlos Bernardos <>
Scott Mansfield <>
Russ Housley <>
Suresh Krishnan <>
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Purpose For information
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ITU-T Study Group 16 would kindly like to inform you that it has agreed to
establish a new Focus Group on vehicular multimedia (FG-VM), in accordance with
ITU-T A.7 §s 2.1 a), 2.1.1 and in particular. The Focus Group will
analyse 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, security, etc. More details on the FG-VM remit can be
found in its Terms of Reference, see ANNEX A. The Focus Group lifetime is set
for two years from the first meeting but extensible if necessary by decision of
the parent group (ITU-T SG16). The Focus Group management established at the
SG16 closing plenary is as follows: –       Chairman: Jun (Harry) Li (TIAA,
China) –       Vice chairmen: Gaëlle Martin-Cocher (Blackberry, Canada) –      
Interested candidates to join the management team as vice-chairs are requested
to contact TSB at Those candidatures will be evaluated and
agreed by the FG-VM and announced at their meetings. The ToR of the Focus Group
are annexed to this LS and are also available online at The home page
for the new FG is being developed and will be available at The first meeting of FG-VM is planned in Ottawa,
Canada, 11 October 2018, hosted by BlackBerry. Check the FG-VM home page for
details and updates. SG16 appreciates your interest and collaboration on this
topic. For further information needed contact the secretariat at

-       Terms of Reference of FG-VM


ITU-T Focus Group on "Vehicular Multimedia" (FG-VM)
(Approved by ITU-T SG16 on 2018-07-20)

1. Rationale and Scope
With the convergence of different networks, the vehicle will change from a
transport tool to an infotainment space and smart living platform. As ADAS
(Advanced Driver Assistance System) and automatic driving technology is
evolving, the vehicle will be the 3rd living and infotainment space besides
home and office. As for vehicular multimedia contents, satellite broadcasting
and satellite communication (for example, mobile broadcasting satellite,
low-orbit satellite constellation and high-orbit high-throughput communication
satellite) will play an important role due to their advantages of wide
coverage, low investment, fast transmission speed and high flexibility. The
convergence of networks will provide low cost, wide coverage and good
interactivity for vehicular multimedia solution. Meanwhile, vehicular
multimedia terminals are also evolving to support networks integration,
contents integration, intelligent display, intelligent voice interaction,
high-precision navigation and various applications as well as interconnection
between in-vehicle devices and nomadic devices. A Focus Group on Vehicular
Multimedia (FG-VM) is established to identify the need for new vehicular
multimedia standards based on space and terrestrial networks integration. The
study will evaluate related software, hardware, and valued-added service to
derive use cases. It focuses on vehicular multimedia services and infotainment
applications, not aiming at changing existing transmission protocols and
channels, such as terrestrial broadcasting, satellite broadcasting, and mobile
cellular network. The FG-VM will also leverage the work done by ITU in its
previous Focus Group on Driver’s Distraction [1], ITU-T SG16 Q27/16 and the
ITU-T P.1100-P.1199 series [2] when relevant.

2. Objectives
The objectives of FG-VM is to conduct an analysis of vehicular multimedia in
order to identify relevant gaps and issues in standardization activities
related to this topic, to derive use cases, possible requirements and
architectures. The group also serves as an open platform for experts
representing ITU members and non-members to quickly move forward studies on
technology, standard and application relevant to vehicular multimedia. More
precisely, the objectives include: 1)      To study, gather information and
develop a standards research orientation and standards research plan related to
vehicular multimedia in the fields of intelligent voice interaction,
interconnection between vehicular terminal and smart phone, connectivity for
high precision navigation and various other applications; 2)      To develop
corresponding use cases and requirements of vehicular multimedia enabled by
converged networks; 3)      To study architectures, interfaces, protocols, data
formats, interoperability, performance evaluation, security and protection of
personal information for vehicular multimedia; 4)      To produce a gap
analysis of vehicular multimedia standardization in order to identify the
relevant scope of possible future ITU-T Recommendations on these topics and
develop a roadmap for vehicular multimedia; 5)      To establish liaisons and
relationships with other organizations which could contribute to the
standardization activities for vehicular multimedia.

3. Structure
The FG-VM will establish working groups as needed.

4. Specific Tasks and Deliverables
–       To provide terminology and taxonomy for VM;
–       To gather information on initiatives pertaining to VM enabled by
converged networks and to identify existing standards, best practises and
challenges for the adoption of VM in the context of converged networks; –      
To describe the VM ecosystem enabled by converged networks and the roles and
activities of the different stakeholders of this ecosystem; –       To define
possible requirements on VM; –       To draft technical reports for VM enabled
by converged networks which may include architectures, interfaces, protocols
and data formats; –       To send the final deliverables to ITU-T Study Group
16 at least four calendar weeks before the parent group’s next meeting in
accordance with Recommendation ITU-T A.7; –       To analyse the
standardization gaps related to VM and develop a future standardization
roadmap, taking into consideration the activities currently undertaken by other
ITU groups,  various standards developing organizations (SDOs) and forums; –   
   To develop a list of SDOs, forums, consortia and other entities dealing with
aspects of VM and liaise with the organizations that could contribute to the
standardization activities on VM; –       To organise thematic workshops and
forums on VM to bring together all stakeholders, and promote the FG-VM
activities and encourage both ITU members and non-ITU members to join its work.
NOTE – The needs of persons with disabilities will be taken into account in
undertaking the tasks above and preparation of deliverables. It is expected
that using vehicular multimedia will improve the user experience and will
increase driving safety for persons with disabilities.

5. Relationships
This Focus Group will work closely with SG16 through co-located meetings when
possible. It will establish and maintain task-appropriate collaboration
arrangements with other groups in ITU. The FG-VM will collaborate with, –      
ITU-T SG12 to leverage the P.1100-P.1199 series on communications involving
vehicles and the outcomes of the Focus Group on Driver Distraction –      
ITU-R SG4 and SG5 on connectivity for high precision navigation –       ITU-T
SG17 on security and protection of personal information for vehicular
multimedia –       ITU-T Q27/16 on vehicle gateway platform for
telecommunication and ITS services and applications Furthermore, the FG-VM will
collaborate (as required) with other relevant groups and entities, in
accordance with Recommendation ITU-T A.7. These include governments,
non-governmental organizations (NGOs), policy makers, SDOs, industry forums and
consortia, companies, academic institutions, research institutions and other
relevant organizations.

6. Parent group
The parent group of the FG-VM is ITU-T Study Group 16 "Multimedia coding,
systems and applications".

7. Leadership
See clause 2.3 of Recommendation ITU-T A.7.

8. Participation
See clause 3 of Recommendation ITU-T A.7. A list of participants will be
maintained for reference purposes and reported to the parent group. It is
important to mention that the participation in this Focus Group has to be based
on contributions and active participations.

9. Administrative support
See clause 5 of Recommendation ITU-T A.7.

10. General financing
See clauses 4 and 10.2 of Recommendation ITU-T A.7.

11. Meetings
The Focus Group will conduct regular meetings. The frequency and locations of
meetings will be determined by the Focus Group management. The overall meetings
plan will be announced after the approval of the terms of reference. The Focus
Group will use remote collaboration tools to the maximum extent, and
collocation with existing SG16 meetings is encouraged. The meeting dates will
be announced by electronic means (e.g., e-mail and website, etc.) at least four
weeks in advance.

12.Technical contributions
See clause 8 of Recommendation ITU-T A.7.

13. Working language
The working language is English.

14. Approval of deliverables
Approval of deliverables shall be taken by consensus.

15. Working guidelines
Working procedures shall follow the procedures of Rapporteur meetings. No
additional working guidelines are defined.

16. Progress reports
See clause 11 of Recommendation ITU-T A.7.

17. Announcement of Focus Group formation
The formation of the Focus Group will be announced via TSB Circular to all ITU
membership, via the ITU-T Newslog, press releases and other means, including
communication with the other involved organizations.

18. Milestones and duration of the Focus Group
The Focus Group lifetime is set for two years from the first meeting but
extensible if necessary by decision of the parent group (see ITU-T A.7, clause

19. Patent policy
See clause 9 of Recommendation ITU-T A.7.

20. References
[1]     ITU-T Focus Group on Driver Distraction, [2]     ITU-T P.1100-P.1199 on
Communications involving vehicles,