Multimedia

Tech for every day use

Information and communication technologies pervade our daily lives and all economic sectors. The way we access and use information has changed. We view, send and receive documents and images for work and leisure on our smartphones, tablets, laptops and TVs, whose screen quality continues to improve.

Additionally, virtual and augmented reality applications are being used by more industries, from broadcasting, sports, health and tourism, to manufacturing, marketing, real estate and construction. Their innovative, interactive features personalize the user’s experience and can improve safety and efficiency.

ISO and IEC JTC 1/SC 29 standardization work covers coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information.

Key working groups (WGs) within it include:

  • Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) SC 29/WG 1 together with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T SG16), covers JBIG, JPEG, JPEG 2000, JPEG XR, JPSearch and more recently, the JPEG XT, JPEG XS, JPEG Systems and JPEG Pleno families of imaging standards
  • Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG),  SC 29/ WG 11  developing standards for coded representation of digital audio and video and related data, including VVC, MPEG-G, MPEG-2 and more

International Awards

On several occasions, the ISO/IEC, MPEG group won the coveted Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards presented by the U.S. National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) for outstanding achievement in engineering and technical development. The awards were for the following standards:

  • 2017 – The HEVC – High Efficiency Video Coding standard, has emerged as the primary coding format for Ultra-High Definition (UHD) TV
  • 2009 – The MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) standard.
    The related ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group also received an Emmy Award for its role in the work on this standard.
  • 2008 – MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 – compression coding associated with video CD and MP3, digital TV set top boxes and DVD.