FAQ

About the iVDR Consortium

  1. What are the advantages of becoming a member of the Consortium?
  2. Is there any literature explaining the activities of the iVDR Consortium?
  3. Is it possible to view the iVDR Consortium Code?
  4. Which areas of business are member firms engaged in?
  5. What are the requirements for becoming a member?
  6. What is the difference between an executive member and a general member?
  7. What is an N.P.O. Member?
  8. How much is the annual membership fee?
  9. What is the Consortium’s organization and management system like?
  10. What kinds of working group does the Consortium have?
  11. When is use of the iVDR logo necessary?
  12. How can a company acquire the iVDR logo?
  13. Is it possible to find out more about the iVDR Consortium?

Q:What are the advantages of becoming a member of the Consortium?

A:Members can obtain official specifications and related technical documents, and develop, manufacture and market iVDR standard-compliant products. In addition, they can use the iVDR logo for marketing activities, such as advertising and promotion, and can join various working-group activities.

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Q:Is there any literature explaining the activities of the iVDR Consortium?

A:Yes, please see this PDF. [PDF:169KB]

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Q:Is it possible to view the iVDR Consortium Code?

A:Yes, a PDF is available on the Admission Procedures page.

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Q:Which areas of business are member firms engaged in?

A:Member firms are mainly engaged in electronics, vehicle equipments, as well as global trade. Member companies are listed on the List of Member Companies page.

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Q:What are the requirements for becoming a member?

A:Only a company can become a member. The iVDR Consortium accepts applications from related-hardware manufacturers, content providers, broadcasters, telecommunications operators and research and education institutions. For details, please click here.

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Q:What is the difference between an executive member and a general member?

A:An executive member has voting rights applicable to the management of the iVDR Consortium and its standards. An executive member also has the right to become a non-permanent member of the Board of Directors.
A general member does not have voting rights.

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Q:What is an N.P.O. Member?

A:An applicant for an N.P.O. Member is limited to be a non-profit organization whose primary objective is to conduct social activities for non-commercial purposes. An N.P.O. Member will be exempt from membership fee but need to submit an official document issued by a public body such as a tax office and a governmental organization. Each N.P.O. Member can use iVDR logo, however, in return, they need to (a) contribute to a public promotion of iVDR including, a demonstration at a trade exhibition or an academic publication, and make a report of it to the Consortium, or (b) make a report on research or evaluation on iVDR to the Consortium. For details, please click here.

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Q:How much is the annual membership fee?

A:¥500,000 for an executive member and ¥300,000 for a general member. There is no membership fee for an N.P.O. Member.
The fiscal year is April to next year's March. Membership fees are paid annually. New members will be charged the full amount irrespective of when in the year they become members. Membership renewal notices are sent out in December or January. For details, please click here.

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Q:What is the Consortium’s organization and management system like?

A:A General Meeting as a decision-making body is held once a year. A Board of Directors’ meeting is held once a month to discuss management issues. The Secretariat is engaged in daily activities. Working groups are committed to designing specifications and promoting standards. For details, please see the Overview of the Consortium page.

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Q:What kinds of working group does the Consortium have?

A:The Consortium has the following working groups:

  • Hardware WG
  • File System/Application WG
  • Secure WG
  • International Standardization WG
  • Service WG
  • Promotion WG

Members can join any working group. For details, please see the Overview of the Consortium page.

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Q:When is use of the iVDR logo necessary?

A:The logo is granted only to products that are compliant with iVDR standards. For consumers, it certifies that products are iVDR-compatible. Manufacturers should apply to the Secretariat for use of the logo before releasing a product. Manufacturers can use the iVDR logo once their products have been confirmed to be compliant.

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Q:How can a company acquire the iVDR logo?

A:Non-members are not entitled to use the iVDR logo. iVDR Consortium members should apply for the iVDR logo through the Secretariat. Prior permission is required for use of the logo on new products or on prototypes, brochures, panels, etc. for use at trade shows, etc. For more information, please contact the Secretariat using the inquiry form.

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Q:Is it possible to find out more about the iVDR Consortium?

A:For more information, please contact the Secretariat using the inquiry form.

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