ITU hosts testing event for hands-free in car systems

shutterstock_163401185ITU will host an event at ITU headquarters in Geneva 12-16 May 2014 to bring car manufacturers together with makers of hands-free terminals (HFT) and phones to test their products according to ITU standards and encourage a new era of trouble free hands-free communications.

Hands-free communications in cars is gaining traction but low implementation of standards means imperfect performance across different vehicle and handset brands.

Speech quality tests for vehicle-mounted hands-free systems are defined in Recommendations ITU-T P.1100 (“Narrow-band hands-free communication in motor vehicles”) and ITU-T P.1110 (“Wideband hands-free communication in motor vehicles”).

The event follows a call for ‘Expression of Interest’ (newslog) on the United Nations Global Marketplace ( to solicit intention from candidate testing lab(s) by 6 January 2014. ITU is in the final stage of selecting a competent testing lab.

This event will test and evaluate the short-range wireless (SRW) transmission performance between mobile phones and an SRW access point according to specifications in Chapter 12 of Recommendations ITU-T P.1100 and P.1110.

The testing results generated will provide important information for car manufacturers, HFT system suppliers, mobile network operators and mobile phone vendors on how to configure their products for greater interoperability and ultimately improve the performance and voice quality of vehicle-mounted hands-free phones. Results will also be fed back into ITU-T Study Group 12 with a view to refining Recommendations ITU-T P.1100 and ITU-T P.1110.

 Visit the event’s web page to find out how to participate!


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