Earlier this month the Bluetooth Special Interest Group adopted version 4.2 of the Bluetooth standard. Features of this latest update include improved privacy and faster speed. It also allows internet connectivity for Bluetooth Smart sensors.
The Broadband Forum has added its support to the ITU-T's new ultra-broadband standard, G.fast, which enables speeds of up to 1 Gbps. G.fast is designed for applications such as 4K Ultra High-Definition TVs and is reportedly cheaper to deploy than FTTH.
The IEEE Standards Association has approved two new e-health standards in the IEEE 11073™ family and revised one earlier standard. The two new standards cover sleep apnea devices and continuous glucose monitors.
The ITU has released a new app designed to allay public fears about electromagnetic fields, such as those from mobile networks. The ITU EMF Guide is currently accessible on desktops, tablets and smartphones via a web page; an actual app will be available in 2015.
The Internet Society has donated an additional US$100,000 to the Internet Governance Forum via the IGF Support Association, which launched earlier this year. This is the second donation of this size the Society has made to the new support association.
Dr. Bruno Jacobfeuerborn from Deutsche Telekom has been appointed the new chairman of the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance. He and the rest of the Alliance's new board of directors will serve through 2016.
The TM Forum this month announced the first version of a new Digital Services Toolkit for use with Internet of Things applications. The toolkit was developed in collaboration with Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and two dozen other enterprises.
The USB Implementers Forum has expanded upon its existing standards cooperation agreement with the International Electrotechnical Commission. This time around, the USB-IF has submitted its USB Power Delivery and USB Type-C Cable and Connector specifications to the IEC.