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Singapore to Organise the First Infocomm Trends & Standards Event in Asia

The Singapore Information Technology Federation (SITF) and the Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) are co-organising the first ever infocomm trends and standards event in Asia. Supported and sponsored by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)...

Singapore, 21 September 2000 | For Immediate Release

The Singapore Information Technology Federation (SITF) and the Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) are co-organising the first ever infocomm trends and standards event in Asia. Supported and sponsored by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), itsAsia 2000 will be held in Singapore from September 25-27 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

Centred on the theme, "Illuminating The Digital Future", itsAsia 2000 is the first event to be held in Asia, where participants can gain and share knowledge on infocomm trends and standards. itsAsia 2000 will feature a series of conferences, seminars, tours and meetings involving international participants.

Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, and Trade and Industry, will officiate at the opening of itsAsia 2000 on 25 September. Mr Bob Kruger, Senior Vice President of BMC Software, Inc. will give the Keynote Address.

Mr Wee Tew Lim, CEO of the Network for Electronic Transfers (Singapore) Pte Ltd (NETS) and Chairman of the itsAsia Organising Committee said, "Singapore is honoured to play host to this inaugural staging of itsAsia 2000. As the event grows, I hope it will help to consolidate the standardisation efforts in the region and eventually develop into the definitive international infocomm standards forum."

Four conferences held over 25 and 26 September, will cover topics such as wireless communications; e-Business; IT management systems and software process improvements; and multilingual Internet domain names. A post-conference programme on 27 September consists of tours to local research institutes such as the Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) and the Singapore Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC).

The participation of the research institutes mark the cooperation between industry and the academia in contributing towards Singapore's drive to becoming the centre of infocomm activities in the region. The IHPC has a host of world-class virtual reality facilities including state-of-the-art modeling, immersion in real-time advanced graphics environment and visual simulation facilities. The CWC has successfully developed numerous wireless products including the smart antenna system, radio frequency systems and low-cost ADSL-based Intranet.

Two international standards meeting will also take place in Singapore during itsAsia; the Multilingual Internet Names Consortium (MINC) General Meeting and the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC31 (Subcommittee on Automatic Identification and Data Capture Techniques) Working Group Meetings. The objective of the SC31 Working Group Meetings is to establish radio frequency standards for inventory management. Together, these meetings will see a congregation of some 150 international delegates in Singapore.

Mr Wilson Tan, Chairman of the Information Technology Standards Committee said "The hosting of such conferences and seminars hold great significance for Singapore as it marks a major step towards developing Singapore as a centre for infocomm standards activities in Asia."

ItsAsia 2000 also marks the launch of Synthesis, the ITSC Journal. Associate Professor Angela Goh, Chief Editor of Synthesis, said "Synthesis provides a much-needed platform for the dissemination of emerging standards, which is of critical importance to both industry and academia. Synthesis also serves as a channel to create awareness among our graduating computer science and engineering students, of advances in technology, as well as their commercial and legal implications.

A separate media advisory for the itsAsia Opening Ceremony will be issued shortly.


About itsAsia 2000

itsAsia 2000 is held in conjunction with "Tech Month" organised by the National Science and Technology Board (NSTB). It is also the first event marking the World Standards Day programme organised by the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board (PSB). itsAsia 2000 is endorsed by PSB, NSTB, Asian Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation, Information Technology Management Association, Singapore Computer Society, International Development Research Centre, Institute of Systems Science and the Singapore Confederation of Industries.

Those interested in the event can check out or call the event secretariat at tel: (65) 6775-1647.

About Information Technology Standards Committee

The Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) is an industry-driven IT standardisation group in Singapore, supported by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board (PSB). ITSC is the official Singapore representative to ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1, and other international standardisation forums such as UN/CEFACT and EAN International.

About Singapore Information Technology Federation

The Singapore Information Technology Federation (SITF) is the IT trade association representing the interests of the IT industry in Singapore. SITF is a founding member of Asian Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) that represents the Asian and Oceanian region; with membership strength of 11 full members and six associate members, representing a total of 17 countries in the region and five guest members from North America and Europe.

SITF is also a member of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) which is an alliance of 41 national IT associations from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

For media clarification, please contact:

Mrs Mahjaben Basrai
Singapore Information Technology Federation
Tel: (65) 6775-1647
Fax: (65) 6778-4968

Ms Chia Sher Ling
Manager, Corporate Communication
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Tel: (65) 6211-1840
Fax: (65) 6211-2227