BSG ( Bridging the Standardization Gap ) Wording Group
The TTC’s Promotion Committee began its activities in April, 2007, based on the slogan "Let's SHARE (Success & Happiness by Activating Regional Economy) together." Through cooperation among five countries in Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam), and with the support of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), it has been conducting ICT pilot projects in rural areas, with solutions for social issues in agriculture, aquaculture, environment, health, education, and constructing telecommunication infrastructure. Also, in 2008, the Case Study Team (CST) was established under the Working Group of Bridging the Standardization (WG-BSG) of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity Standardization Forum (ASTAP), to do standardization activities, taking case studies on APT projects implemented in each country and extending them into neighboring Asian countries. Activities of the TTC Promotion Committee were concluded in March, 2013, and the working group of Bridging the Standardization GAP was established to take over its activities for standardization and promotion.
Overview of the SHARE pilot model
Figure 1 shows the model of pilot projects demonstrated in rural areas. Those are solutions in agriculture, aquaculture, environment, health and education. The model is to build sensor network, gathering data measured using various sensors installed on a field server and send it to specialists in urban areas through the network. Specialists analyze the data and promptly send feedback through the network such as urgent information or useful ways to resolve issues.
Standardization of ICT solutions for rural areas in developing countries
The TTC working group of BSG, which took over the activities of the TTC’s Promotion Committee, is doing upstream activity for ASTAP, making a handbook for implementation of ICT solutions in rural areas of developing countries which summarizes the output from case studies.
We expect to create local industry as indicated in the SHARE slogan and also to develop them as sustainable models for Asian countries.