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Consensus Management

Objective

Within the overall work of RACE project R1045 is responsible for the:

- Preparation of common functional specifications (CFS), for the preparation and coordination of contributions to international standardisation bodies and the preparation of common practices (CP) for the development and implementation of IBC based on the results of Part I work.

- Interpretation of user requirements with respect to reference configurations for the orientation of the technical and systems engineering work in RACE based on the inputs by sector actors.
The research has been into the following 2 areas:
the preparation of common functional specifications (CFS), for the preparation and coordination of contributions to international standardization bodies and the preparation of common practices (CP) for the development and implementation of integrated broadband communications (IBC);
the interpretation of user requirements with respect to reference configurations for the orientation of technical and systems engineering work. The research has resulted in the following achievements:
the first draft of many CFs's covering some of the most significant aspects of IBC have been prepared;
there have been many contributions to standards work, particularly to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
Technical Approach

Acknowledging the importance of these responsibilities, the project specifically addresses activities related to the achievement of broad consensus. Some of the major industrial actors are working together with operators in a small professional team which carries out the necessary analytical work on a full-time basis. The team also supports, operationally, the participation and concertation of a very large representation from the totality of RACE projects.

Key Issues

- Ensuring that the RACE programme remains timely, well directed and competitive within the context of advanced telecommunications research world-wide.
- Communicating effectively with the 'RACE Environment' in all activities relating to RACE but not coming under the provisions of the RACE Council Decision.
- Organising and implementing activities directed towards establishing broad consensus with other sector actors on CFS proposals.
- Collating information from RACE participants on technical issues related to developments world-wide and the support of the dissemination of CFS related technical results to the European sector actors.

Achievements

Substantial results have been achieved in two areas:

- first drafts of many of the CFS, covering some of the most significant aspects of the RACE work on IBC, have been prepared, and
- many contributions to standards work, particularly to ETSI, have been submitted.

These achievements have been, in large measure, entirely due to the cooperation and participation of all projects in the RACE Concertation Technical Workshops, which have been run and organised by R1045. This activity is planned to continue to the end of the programme.

The technical workshops have been the prime forum for the consideration of the results of the RACE projects for the purpose of extracting, discussing and reconciling the views of those projects in order to prepare CFS. At the same time the workshops take into account development in the relevant standardisation bodies, particularly ETSI and CCITT, including their conclusions. The participants in the workshops prepare contributions, based on the work of the workshops, to those self same standards bodies, to help them in their work and to exploit the results of the RACE programme.

A total of 76 drafts of common function specifications have now been completed and are being released as Issue B. This includes 44 revisions of CFSs previously released a year ago, as Issue A.

The flow of contributions to standards bodies resulting from RACE consensus has remained high - 261 were submitted during 1991.

A synopsis of the currnt draft CFSs and the impact made by RACE contributions on the formulation of standards is given in Appendix 2 .

Expected Impact

The most useful results from the consensus management activities in RACE will be the contributions made to the standards activities. This is reflected in the significant effort put towards encouraging and coordinating standards contributions based on a consensus within several RACE projects.

It is expected that the CFS themselves will form a coherent framework within which the RACE results will be exploited, and that they will form a firm foundation for possible future research and development work on advance communications technologies in Europe.

Coordinator

RIC AI
Address
Rue De Treves 61
1040 Bruxelles
Belgium

Participants (21)

ALCATEL SEL AG
Germany
Address
Lorenzstrasse 10
70435 Stuttgart
AT&T Network Systems International Nederland BV
Netherlands
Alcatel Bell NV
Belgium
Alcatel CIT S.A.
France
Alcatel Italia SpA
Italy
Address
Viale Luigi Bodio 33-39
20158 Milano
BRITISH TELECOM PLC (BT)
United Kingdom
Deutsche Bundespost Telekom (DBP)
Germany
Address
Agastraße 24
12489 Berlin
Entreprise des PTT Suisses
Switzerland
Ericsson Fatme SpA
Italy
Address
Via Anagnina 203
00040 Roma
Ericsson Telecom Ab
Italy
GPT Ltd
United Kingdom
Italtel Società Italiana Telecomunicazioni SpA
Italy
Krone AG
Germany
Address
Beeskowdamm 3-11
14167 Berlin
Philips BV
Netherlands
Siemens AG
Germany
Address
Otto-hahn-ring 6
81739 München
Société Anonyme de Télécommunications (SAT)
France
Telecom Denmark
Denmark
Telefonbau und Normalzeit GmbH
Germany
Address
Mainzer Landstraße 128-146
60327 Frankfurt Am Main
Telettra Espana SA
Spain
Televerket (Swedish Telecommunications Administration)
Sweden
Thomson SA
France