Brand Plenary Meeting
Brand, 1 November 2009
The EIDQ Association Autumn Plenary Meeting was held at the Valavier Activresort in Brand, Austria on 26-28 October where it was kindly hosted by EIDQ Members Swisscom, Volt Delta International and Nuance Communications.
Despite the current difficult financial climate, over 60% of the EIDQ Member companies were represented and benefited from an agenda which focused on the theme, “The Move from DA to Information Services“.
A wide range of speakers from EIDQ Members and external companies looked at all aspects of this theme which included presentations on a variety of new and innovative products and services designed to enhance or replace a DA call. As well as voice services, the meeting explored the impact of on-line directories, mobile applications and the explosion of social media.
The value and use of data was also studied and participants heard for the first time the results of a recent EIDQ Data Base survey which covered all aspects of how directory data is managed and used by EIDQ Members.
The latest EU Affairs were comprehensively covered by a representative from EADP and a regulatory panel session debated issues including the forthcoming review of the scope of the Universal Service Directive and the ongoing question of opt-out for mobile numbers.
The two working groups presented reports on their progress since the Spring 09 Plenary Meeting. The E.115 Protocol, Maintenance & Development working group had completed their work on the specification of the new structure for the directory and functionality lists which members approved. This will now proceed for final ITU-T approval in April 2010. The Business Strategy working group described its work which had concentrated on the data base survey mentioned earlier and the organisation of the Brand agenda. Both groups were given new mandates for the next period.
Two new Members were warmly welcomed, Joint Information Service Limited (Moscow) and Genesys Telecommunications Labs, Inc.
The venue provided an excellent environment for networking and participants were treated to some traditional social activities in the Austrian mountains close to Brand. At the social event on Tuesday evening, it was announced that the Spring 2010 Plenary Meeting will be in Istanbul, Turkey kindly sponsored by Turk Telekom.
For more information contact David Stafford, General Secretary, EIDQ Association.
Tel: +44 7885 445715