1st prize at Kaleidoscope 2016: Disaster warning in Maldives, Myanmar and the Philippines

Biplov Bhandari, Angga Bayu Marthafifsa and Manzul Kumar Hazarika (Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand), and Francis Boon, Nuwan Waidyanatha and Lutz Frommberger (Sahana Software Foundation, USA) claimed 1st prize at ITU Kaleidoscope 2016: ICTs for a Sustainable World.

Kaleidoscope 2016 was held in Bangkok, Thailand, 14-16 November, co-located with ITU Telecom World. Kaleidoscope 2016 attracted over 120 attendees from 31 countries to share research into ICT innovation supporting the pursuit of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, emphasizing the role of international ICT standards in providing the platform for this innovation to achieve its aims on a global scale.

1st prize: “Intricacies of implementing an ITU-T X.1303 cross-agency situational-awareness platform in Maldives, Myanmar, and the Philippines”

The winning paper shares insight into the “Sahana Alerting and Messaging Broker (SAMBRO)” system – based on ITU’s Common Alerting Protocol 1.2 (ITU-T X.1303bis) – for the dissemination of disaster warnings in the region. The paper explores how standards-based disaster-warning systems can assist in overcoming differences in communications systems and governance structures, looking at both the technical and procedural foundations of a successful disaster-warning system.

2nd prize: “Toward authenticated caller ID transmission: the need for a standardized authentication scheme in ITU-T Q.731.3 calling line identification presentation”

The 2nd prize paper – authored by Huahong Tu, Adam Doupé, Ziming Zhao and Gail-Joon Ahn (Arizona State University, USA) – proposes an authentication scheme to prevent the spoofing of caller IDs. The proposal could assist in increasing the security of caller-ID presentation (ITU-T Q.731.3) in the context of Signalling System 7 (SS7), the set of signalling protocols that underpins telephone calls in both fixed and mobile networks.

3rd prize: “Space division multiplexing technology: next generation optical communication strategy”

The 3rd prize paper – authored by Kazuhide Nakajima, Takashi Matsui, Kotaro Saito, Taiji Sakamoto and Noriyuki Araki (NTT Corporation, Japan) – explores innovation to meet increasing data-transmission demands, focusing on the potential of multi-core fibre (compliant with ITU-T G.652) and ‘space division multiplexing’, adding a fifth physical dimension to the traditional multiplexing dimensions of time, wavelength, frequency and polarization.

All papers presented at the conference can be found in the Kaleidoscope 2016 Proceedings…

83 papers from 23 countries were submitted for review by an 87-member Technical Programme Committee through a double-blind peer-review process, under the leadership of a Steering Committee. 25 of the papers submitted were presented at the conference by virtue of their being accepted for publication in the Kaleidoscope 2016 Proceedings.

Kaleidoscope 2016 was organized by ITU and technically co-sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and IEEE ComSoc.

Additional support was received from Waseda University (Japan), Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers of Japan (IEICE), Institute of Image Electronics Engineers of Japan (I.I.E.E.J.), European Academy for Standardization (EURAS), University of the Basque Country (Spain), Chair of Communication and Distributed Systems at RWTH Aachen University (Germany), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), University of Geneva (Switzerland), Royal Holloway – University of London (United Kingdom), and UNESCO Chair in ICT4D.

Kaleidoscope events are peer-reviewed academic conferences that increase dialogue between academics and ICT standardization experts. The aim of the conference is to identify emerging trends in ICT research and their associated implications for international standardization.

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