Big Names Unite Behind DVB-H
Jan 23, 2006, 1:27 PM by (staff)
Motorola, Nokia, Crown Castle and others have united to form the Mobile DTV Alliance. This union of manufacturers, DTV providers and chip makers will work together to push DVB-H as the standard for mobile TV in North America. Nokia and Crown Castle are already trialing DVB-H in the US, and many other alliance participants have announced plans to bring DVB-H compatible hardware to the States. No US carrier has announced support for DVB-H yet, but it is expected that at least GSM carriers will support the standard. Verizon recently announced they would use a competing technology, Qualcomm's FLO for digital TV.
PMA and A4WP Rebrand As the AirFuel Alliance
The Power Matters Alliance and Alliance for Wireless Power today announced plans to fully merge organizations under the AirFuel Alliance brand. The standard-bearers for wireless charging agreed to work together earlier this year, and today's rebranding is the final step in the process of creating a single consortium committed to improving the standards for and experience of wireless charging.
Apple Backs Qi Wireless Charging Standard
Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, according to IHS Technologies and the WPC's own web site. Apple is listed as a backing member of the organization, which is behind the Qi wireless charging standard.
Nokia Forms Alliance to Standardize Mobile Transit Tickets
Nokia's HERE Maps division and other companies today announced the Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance, a new organization they hope will create a single, global standard for NFC-based mobile transit tickets. The goal of the OMTA is to develop a "register once, travel anywhere" system that's interoperable with payment vendors and transit operators around the world.
Intel to Work with Rezence for Wireless Charging
Intel today announced a new partnership with the Alliance for Wireless Power. Intel will adopt the A4WP's Rezence wireless charging standard and is working with a handful of device makers to bring wireless charging to public spaces, such as restaurants, hotels, and airports.
FIDO to Let Smartphones Act As Authentication Keys
The Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance and Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced plans to make it possible for smartphones to serve as digital keys in two-factor authentication. FIDO plans to contribute Universal Second Factor (U2F) authentication specifications over Bluetooth Smart.
hurry up cingular!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hopefully this also opens up the market for dvb-tv from cellular carriers like overseas also.