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Intelligent Grouping and Resources Sharing Standardization Working Group is formed
Posted: 17-Jul-2003 [Source: Legen]

[This new industry group is to focus on standards for wireless connectivity among terminal devices.]

Hong Kong -- The Science and Technology Department of the Ministry of Information Industry, together with Legend Group Limited ("Legend") and four other enterprises, today announced in Beijing the official establishment of the "Intelligent Grouping and Resources Sharing Standardization Working Group" ("Working Group"). The Working Group aims at achieving wireless connectivity among terminal devices by embracing new industry protocol of technological standard cooperatively. Initiated by Legend and four other enterprises (i.e. TCL Corporation, Konka Group, Hisense Group and Great Wall Computer Group), the Working Group now comprises of 12 participating enterprises in total.

The "Intelligent Grouping and Resources Sharing Standardization Working Group" is a technology working group which strives for industry standards development in the area of information technology. By developing the "Intelligent Grouping and Resources Sharing (IGRS) Protocol", it aims at supporting automatic search, dynamic networking, resources and service sharing among various information terminals, electrical appliances and telecommunication equipment through local area networks (wired or wireless). Hence, it enhances the interoperability and user friendliness among those devices, creating a new mode of application and enriching application.

Yang Yuanqing, President and CEO of Legend said, "It is an irreversible trend in technological development to have wireless connectivity among terminal devices. Last December at the 'Legend World 2002' convention, we announced our future technological strategy of 'Collaborating Applications'. Becoming one of the originating enterprises of the Working Group, it is a further realization of Legend's 'Collaborating Applications' strategy. The establishment of the Working Group realizes market- and user-orientation, with enterprises playing the main role in standard development, and government providing support, monitoring, judging and managing the directions of technology innovation."

The generation of new standard would bring dramatic changes in the forms of future products leading to continuous generation of new applications and new market opportunities. Through cooperation among enterprises that share the same vision and obtaining active support from the government, the Working Group would help strengthen the competitiveness of national enterprises, facilitate their technological innovations and enhance their self-initiating capabilities in research and development. All these open up the new era of collaborating applications.

The establishment of the Working Group is derived from market and users demand, and initiated by the five enterprises (i.e. Legend, TCL, Konka, Hisense and Great Wall) who are all highly recognized in their respective fields in terms of market share and technological competency. The Working Group is an open, non-profit organization adopting a membership system that enterprises engaged in computers, electrical appliances or information industries and scientific research institutes are eligible to join.

Yang Yuanqing continued, "The participation of various enterprises will certainly propel the development of industry standards for wireless connectivity. The technological innovation paths of these enterprises towards their vision would be open, competing but not conflicting: disentangling users with limitations posed by physical environment and equipment, allowing computing to be done anywhere, and information to be accessed anytime, anywhere we want."

At the press conference today, the Working Group also announced the brand, "IGRS". From now on, all products carrying the "IGRS" brand name are to be embedded with the IGRS Protocol to effectuate intelligent connectivity, resources and service sharing.

Guests attending today's press conference in Beijing included Mr. Lou Qinjian, Vice Minister of Ministry of Information Industry; Mr. Xu Qin, Director of State Development and Reform Commission on High Tech Industry Development Department; and the representatives of the five enterprises: Mr. Yang Yuanqing, President and CEO of Legend; Mr. Li Dongsheng, Chairman and President of TCL Group; Mr. Hou Songrong, President of Konka Group; Mr. Xia Xiaodong, Deputy-president of Hisense Group; and Mr. Lu Ming, President and CEO of China Great Wall Computer Group.

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