ISO Focus+ Zeroes in on Crisis Management, ISO Celebrates With MPEG

The May 2012 issue of ISO’s official magazine, ISO Focus+, is off the press. The latest issue, according to ISO, focuses on crisis management amidst recent natural and manmade disasters, hack attacks on IT networks, and terrorist threats.

Dealing with the aftermath of disasters is a major management undertaking and so emergency preparedness becomes the linchpin of the strategy to containing the aftereffects. The latest issue offers readers an overview of the various types of calamity, as well as how international standards can be used to best advantage to manage the different stages to recovery.

The new issue, although certainly not as immediate in its effect on everyday life as is the impact of, say, the standards ISO 9001 or of ISO 27001, demonstrates how truly widespread the need is today for ISO standards and the training associated with them (for instance, ISO 9001 training and ISO 27001 training).

Of special interest to crisis managers are the topics on: mitigating the consequences of a nuclear accident, ISO safety signs and graphic symbols for helping lessen risks to people, and future ISO guidelines for crisis management to help protect the all-important water utilities. The issue also features the lessons learned from the recent earthquake disaster that befell Christchurch, New Zealand.

In addition, ISO Focus+ May has an exclusive interview with Jim Ingram, CEO of Medair, a nongovernmental organization that delivers life-saving relief and rehabilitation to areas of disaster, conflict, and other crises.

Meanwhile, coming up in a future issue of the ISO Focus+ is the “MPEG 100 Event,” the hundredth meeting of the Moving Picture Experts Group, better known as MPEG for their spectacularly successful digital compression products led by the similarly named MPEG-2.

MPEG 100 Event, held from April 30 to May 4, 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland, attracted top-tier executives of ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ISO and IEC work together under the joint technical committee ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology, under which MPEG operates as subcommittee SC 29, Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information, working group WG 11, Coding of moving pictures and audio.

The event celebrated nearly 25 years of progressive innovation-involving thousands of digital media experts from hundreds of companies in dozens of countries coordinating to advance digital compression technology-that have seen MPEG develop and put into homes worldwide audio and video digital compression standards such as MP3, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and popularize in unprecedented ways digital multimedia enterprises such as the multimillion-dollar MP3, set-top box, DVD, and mobile communication industries.

Also attending the event was the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). MPEG and ITU have collaborated on two video compression standards in the past and are currently working on the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).