From CDs21 SOLUTIONS
12 September, 2002
Solutions has started examinations to
provide guidelines on "Optical Card".
As the first step, this voluntary association
has just prepared
standardized "Notes of Caution" (descriptions
for the purpose of user protection.
| CDs21 Solutions (Secretary Office:
Minato-ku, Tokyo; Chairman: Heitaro NAKAJIMA), currently promoting
various CD standards and associated business models, has organized
a working group to lay down guidelines on card type discs, so-called
"Optical Card", by next spring to aim at sound spread
of them. As the first step, the association has reviewed descriptions
of the relevant instruction manuals attached to the optical
cards and has prepared easier-to-understand "Notes of Caution"
(descriptions and illustrations).
Accordingly, the association has begun distribution of them
thus standardized among its member companies. It will strive
for the prevailing use of them to aim at the user protection.
Recently, card type discs, called the "Optical Card",
that permits reproduction on CD players and CD-ROM drives are
appearing on the market. It is a medium devised from the user's
standpoint where stress is placed on portability and the like
features. It is already in wide use for sales promotion, e.g.
PR and advertisement. It also has a big potential for the future
as a communication tool for on-the-spot data reception and transmission
by utilizing a notebook type personal computer.
Since, however, these optical cards are not products conforming
to the CD standards in terms of the size and shape, not all
of them can be reproduced on CD players and CD-ROM drives. That
is, the compatibility assurance is yet to be given. At the present
stage there are no guidelines on the size and shape, nor pertinent
cautionary notes for the users. Therefore, in the worst case,
there is the possibility of causing disorder to media and drives.
Against this backdrop, CDs 21 Solutions has been taking actions
for a sound spread of optical cards, including technical studies
of the compatibility, user enlightenment and various proposals.
This time, to meet the demands from the users and the business
sector, the association has prepared "Notes of Caution"
as one of such move to aim at further progress of the associated
The notes of caution prepared by CDs21 Solutions are composed
of descriptions and illustrations that can be easily understood
so that general users can be familiarized with the way of use
while avoiding erroneous operation. The notes of caution is
available in both Japanese and English versions. The point is
that users can better understand the proper way of use if the
associated industry sector employs such standardized notes of
caution. At the same time, users may also understand that there
are cases that the reproduction is impractical for the reasons
attributable to media and reproducing devices themselves.
CDs21 Solutions has principal makers engaged in optical card
business as its members. They all are going to employ the standardized
notes of caution. The association also intends to invite other
makers to participate in the move and utilize them actively.
CDs21 Solutions is continuing its activity of enlightenment
for the industry sector concerned (traders, makers, etc.) including
media makers and drives makers of optical cards. To this end,
the association intends to pursue the practicability of various
applications. As one of such activities for the future, it also
plans to study guidelines aimed at enhancing the congeniality
between the optical card and drive.
The members of CDs21 Solutions may use the "Notes of Caution",
free of charge. Those considering joining in this association
are suggested to raise your inquiry to the secretary office
of this association.
■CDs21 Solution's Activity
At present, many kinds of CDs (compact discs) are standardized
for audio, data and picture, respectively. These commodities
are now widespread over the world and are in habitual use. The
CD is a medium that has become most popular among all of the
optical disc media.
The biggest reason for this popularity enjoyed by the CD is
the broadest possible compatibility in terms of reproducibility
maintained for the CD media between different types and between
different generations of players and drives. And there is no
denying that this much owes the untiring efforts of the whole
industry sector associated with CDs.
| CDs21 Solutions,
a voluntary association, was set up in April 2001 under close
collaborations and eventual merger of the Multimedia CD Consortium
and the Orange Forum, both of which were disbanded to this end.
CDs21 Solutions is the largest organization of its kind at this
stage, covering the entire CD related industry in a transverse
and compound manner. It is actively working for the aim of contributing
to the associated industry sector and the users on issues of
improving the compatibility among application product groups
including media (discs) that conform to various CD standards,
hardware, software products, contents making, while devoting
to further spread and promotion of the relevant servicing.
At present, the membership of CDs21 Solutions is 79 companies
(53 domestic and 26 overseas).
inquiry/membership participation, please contact:
Secretary Office, CDs21 Solutions
c/o Philips Japan Ltd. Philips Bldg., 13-37, Konan
2-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8507
TEL:03-3740-4592 FAX:03-3740-5152 W. Fujihira