Innovating standards Newsletter - April 2014

A TIA Quarterly Newsletter (Volume IV, Issue I)

Mobile World Congress 2014 attracted more than 85,000 attendees, and TIA staff was there.  On display within the various showrooms of the Fira Gran Via were a number of innovative solutions coming of age, including Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Extremely High Frequency (30 – 300 GHz) for mobile backhaul and fronthaul, and 4K video.  As carriers and service providers have come to realize the benefits of virtualization, the majority of vendors on the showroom floors hosted kiosks and displays containing SDN/NFV solutions for various layers, or parts, of the network.  While SDN is mainly thought of as a core network technology, NFV can be considered a segmented technology, offering the ability to virtualize certain aspects of the network.  This was clearly evident when learning about various vendors NFV solutions and what their solutions could do for certain segments of the networks.

Multiple vendors with experience in Wi-Fi-based technologies were leveraging their expertise to transition from the B2C to B2B markets by developing wireless backhaul solutions that utilize Extremely High Frequency (30-300 GHz), predominately in the V and E Bands, but also in the LDMS bands for markets outside the United States.  As mobile network operators continue to deploy highly dense Heterogeneous Networks, the deployment of wireless backhaul solutions becomes a cost-conscious alternative to fiber.  Additionally, the FCC’s rulemaking last August to increase the emissions limits in the 60 GHz band has made the unlicensed band a viable solution for wireless backhaul. 

Device manufacturers who had been pushing 4K video at CES earlier this year didn’t stop at Mobile World Congress. Several companies showcased phones capable of capturing and displaying 4K video content.  All the 4K phones shown required a direct connection to a 4K television for direct streaming.  There's no word yet on if, or when, 4K content will be available for streaming or sharing via mobile networks, but given the current trend, it won’t be long before end users will be able to capture and post 4K video via their smartphones. 

Cabling Update

In the last few months TIA’s committee on Telecommunications Cabling Systems has continued to develop needed industry standards for physical network security, Category 6A cable requirements, and ICT sustainability. In addition, they have launched a new task group to address new applications for twisted-pair structured cabling. 

There are more and more reports of disruptive actions taken against physical infrastructure, such as the last April event in San Jose, Calif., when the phone lines were cut to a power substation. Understanding that these varieties of activities are easily scalable to the communications infrastructure, the TR-42 began work on a physical network security project that they continued to advance at their recent meeting.  The committee members added administration guidelines that address safety and security, as well as information from the TIA-606-B, Administration Standard for Commercial Telecommunications Infrastructure, to the project. Three levels of cabling security were also added, with each level defined by the type of data transported and facility location (high threat vs. low threat). Lastly, a focus was placed on risk assessment with the intent to address the issue in more detail.

The committee also initiated a new project to introduce category 6A patch cord testing requirements. The standard is entitled ANSI/TIA-568-C.2-2, Balanced Twisted-Pair Telecommunications Cabling and Components Standard, Addendum 2: Additional Considerations for Category 6A Patch Cord Testing and will enable test heads complying with the IEC 61935-2 standard to be used to qualify a patch cord for ANSI/TIA 568-C.2-2 compliance.  This step will harmonized the international and national testing protocols, making it easier for manufactures and consumers to obtain optimally performing Cat6A cables.

The “Standard Process for Sustainable ICT Manufacturers” project was initiated in the TR-42.10 subcommittee. The standard addresses requirements associated with the process to establish, implement and recognize sustainable practices in administration and manufacturing operations, facilities and products. The TIA TR-42.10 committee will address the need to provide a united and clearly defined ICT industry approach that is uniform across differing technologies and product lines. This solution will increase the effectiveness of the execution of sustainable programs for ICT manufacturers and provide a distinct gauge for customers who have included the utilization of environmentally responsible products and services as part of their strategic plans and “green” management practices.

A new task group under the Telecommunications Copper Cabling Systems subcommittee was formed to address new applications for high-performance twisted-pair structured cabling with a focus on 40GBASE-T.  There is consideration in this committee that medium-sized DC markets have a need for a migration path to high-speed transport for data.  This task group will be analyzing new and existing network topologies such as Leaf-Spine, MoR and EoR.

TIA welcomes all our participants to attend and engage in the committee meetings. If you have any questions regarding the committee, please contact Germaine Palangdao

Exploring New Technology

5G Roundtable, Thursday May 1, TIA Headquarters & Conference Center

Following up on TIA’s inaugural workshop on 5G last November, TIA will host the 5G Roundtable, May 1, 2014, at TIA’s headquarters and conference center.  The 5G Roundtable is not aimed at identifying the visions or solutions for 5G, but rather the drivers for 5G – now and within the next six to 10 years.  By taking this problem-based approach to addressing 5G TIA intends to aid the ICT industry by identifying the needed solutions for 5G over the next several years.  The 5G Roundtable will include presentations from Sprint-Nextel and Accenture on trends beyond 4G. 

Focus Group on Fuel Cell Standards for Wireless and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Infrastructure Face-to-Face Meeting, April 16, TIA Headquarters

TIA’s group dedicated to developing a comprehensive guideline document for fuel cell installations for wireless and ICT infrastructure will host its first face-to-face meeting Wednesday, April 16 at TIA’s headquarters.   Those interested in attending should contact Jeff Hannah.

 

TIA Technology Development Quick Links

Private Radio Buzz

During its winter meeting the committee on Mobile and Personal Private Radio launched a project on “Requirements for the Mission Critical Priority and QoS Control Service” (TIA-4973.211).  This document pertains to the control of Priority and Quality of Service (QoS) for communications on a wireless broadband network using Internet Protocols (IP). The document describes requirements for mission-critical Priority and QoS Control Service for a wireless broadband network. It includes requirements to determine a user’s default priority on the broadband network and also provides requirements for dynamic prioritization changes to meet situational needs. The requirements allow an operator to define consistent and deterministic policies to moderate usage of the shared wireless broadband network. This allows more efficient usage of the current network, with the goal of optimizing response times by first responders and others users of the P25 solution.

In other areas of interest, the committee established a new working group (TR-8.10.1) to focus on building the Dynamic Regrouping feature into the P25 suite of standards with the intent of providing users the ability to efficiently define who can access various parts of the radio network.  The chair of this new working group is John Lambrou of Motorola Solutions.  The committee also continued to work with the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions in the development of a joint project to define Push-to-Talk (PTT) interoperability between P25 and LTE.  This standard, J-STD-102.AACD-A, is intended to improve the users' experience and harmonize PTT functions between the two systems.

At the winter meeting, three volunteers were honored for their significant contribution to standardization in this arena.  Terry Mansfield, Motorola Solutions, has participated in the work of TR-8 Engineering Committee since 1993 and has served as Vice-Chair of subcommittee TR-8.1 since August 1996, and as Chair of subcommittee TR-8.6 since January 2004. David Vander Staay, Thales Communications, has participated in the work of TR-8 Engineering Committee since 2004. He served as Vice-Chair of subcommittee TR-8.3 from 2007 to 2009 and then as Chair. Debra Brown, Motorola Solutions, has participated in the work of TR-8 Engineering Committee since 1998 and has served as the Vice-Chair of the APIC committee for Project 25 standards.

The ICT industry has been well served by their outstanding service to Engineering Committee TR-8. TIA and TR-8 extend their appreciation and gratitude to them for their support, dedication, and commitment.

TIA welcomes all our participants to attend and engage in the committee meetings. If you have any questions regarding the committee, please contact Marianna Kramarikova.

Acoustic Advances

Approximately 56.7 million people in the United States have a disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As a group, they constitute a major segment of the consuming public. At the February meeting of the TIA committee on Performance and Accessibility for Communications Products, Dr. John Morris, Program Manager from Wireless RERC (Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies) gave a presentation about the results of a recent Survey of User Needs for Wireless Technologies that was conducted by Wireless RERC.  Survey data was presented on the patterns of wireless technology use by people with disabilities.

The survey was performed from September 2012 to August 2013 using convenience sampling techniques. More than 1,300 respondents participated via web, telephone and in-person surveys. Recruitment efforts focused on people who had either physical (mobility and dexterity), sensory (blindness, very low vision, deafness and hard of hearing), cognitive, and/or speech limitations. Data was presented on type of wireless device (basic phone, smartphone, tablet) and operating system ownership as a function of type of disability as well as age, and home location (urban, suburban, or rural).

Dr. Morris also reported on a second survey conducted in the 2012 – 2013 time frame about how people with disabilities receive, verify and share emergency communication information.  In addition to the usual means like television for receiving the information, there is growing usage, fairly consistent across all types of disabilities, of people using social media on wireless devices for verifying and sharing the information.  The members of the committee found both reports very useful and informative. 

TIA congratulates Randy Ivans, UL who was elected chairman of TR-41.7, Environmental and Safety Considerations. In addition, TR-41 and TIA recognized Al Baum, Uniden, with a special lifetime achievement award for his years of service supporting standardization, interoperability and harmonization for wireline telephones and high quality acoustics.  Jim Bress, AST Labs, presented a “Golden 500 Set” to Mr. Baum in recognition of his efforts to champion the use of Conversational Gain as the measure to use for receive volume control.  This particular Western Electric telephone was manufactured in 1955 and had a transistor amplifier that provided up to 26 dB of conversational gain. 

TIA welcomes all of our participants to attend and engage in the committee meetings. If you have any questions regarding the committee, please contact Marianna Kramarikova  at mkramarikova@tiaonline.org

M2M Corner

TIA committee TR-50, M2M – Smart Device Communications, continues to monitor developments in the oneM2M partnership project, with the goal of adopting the oneM2M specifications as TIA standards.  The members of the committee are actively engaged in the work of the oneM2M project and are pursuing solutions to enhance the overall industry.  At the April TR-50 meeting, the committee agreed to start three new projects to adopt the oneM2M architecture standards.  In addition, during the March, meeting the committee elected Mihai Voicu, ILS/Tellit as Chair and Chris Wallace, Interdigital, as Vice-Chair of TR-50, M2M – Smart Device Communications.   TIA congratulates our new TR-50 leadership.

TIA’s committee on Smart Utility Networks is continuing its efforts to revise sections of the TIA-4957 series of standards that address a multilayer solution to the smart utility network.  The committee members are closely monitoring the work of SGIP2 and IEEE 802.24 to ensure harmonization with the TIA-developed standards. 

In related news, the oneM2M partnership project was hosted by TIA in Mobile, Ala., during the week of February 17-21 for its 9th Technical Plenary meeting.  The oneM2M, the Global Partnership is developing standards for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications enabling large-scale implementation of the Internet-of-Things (IoT).

During the meeting, the oneM2M Architecture WG established the structure for service entities and communications capabilities providing the basis for the initial release, as well as an extensible foundation for further releases. The oneM2M architecture provides a service layer that enables services and interoperability between sensor/device networks and cloud-based applications.

The Protocols WG has made progress on specifications supporting communications between the oneM2M service entities, and work is underway on oneM2M-specific bindings for CoAP, HTTP and MQTT protocol implementations. In addition, oneM2M recognizes the important issues of security and privacy within widespread M2M implementations, and the Security WG is concentrating on authentication, authorization privacy, access rights management and other security aspects relevant to today’s M2M markets.

The Requirements WG has started collecting additional M2M use cases, including support for more industry-specific applications, as the first step towards subsequent releases. 

oneM2M is actively inviting other industry associations and forums to participate with oneM2M to ensure that the solutions developed will support those groups' specific needs.  The upcoming oneM2M 10th Technical Plenary is being hosted by Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS in Berlin, Germany, April 7-11, 2014, and held at the FOKUS location in Berlin’s Charlottenberg district.

For more information, including how to participate in oneM2M, visit the TIA oneM2M webpage.  

TIA welcomes all our participants to attend and engage in the committee meetings. If you have any questions regarding the committee, please contact Stephanie Montgomery.

TIA T&S International Activities

TIA invites you to come to observe the IEC TC/SC 46, Cables, Wires Waveguides R.F. Connectors and Access for Communications and Signaling, plenary meetings, which are being hosted at TIA Headquarters May 5-9, 2014. The meeting will be attended by experts from many different countries. Key companies such as, Corning, Commscope and Anritsu, among others are active participants on the committee.

The Mission of SC 46 is to establish and maintain standards for the terminology, design, characteristics, related test methods and requirements for quality assessment of metallic conductors, wires, waveguide, r.f. connectors, r.f. and microwave passive components and accessories for analog and digital transmission systems and equipment for communications networks and cabling.

 Recently approved additional new work items for related special topics in support of cabling systems implementation are under development for technical reports and standards. The following are a few of the new work items recently opened:

ISO/IEC 18598 Automated Infrastructure Management  (AIM) Systems - Requirements, cabling standard covers AIM systems, commonly referred to as “intelligent patch-panels,” specific functional requirements of AIM elements for cabling administration systems within buildings, e.g., application programing interfaces and data exchange. The new standard continues in its preparatory stage.  An Ad Hoc Committee on this topic will be holding its meeting at TIA April 14-15 . This is the second meeting being held in the United States as the United States has taken an important role and lead in this endeavor.

ISO/IEC 30129 Telecommunications bonding networks for buildings and other structures - cabling standard, approved for inquiry stage ballot, covers structural elements and functional requirements of bonding-to-ground network systems in support of cabling systems within buildings.

TR11801-99-2 End-to-end link model and implementation - technical report on end-to-end (E2E) link cabling implementation, typically referred to as “direct attach” cabling, covers the specific link model and its verification considerations. The new technical report continues in its preparatory stage.

If you are interested in participating in any of these activities please contact Florence Otieno.

RECENT APPEARANCES

TIA staff, Marianna Kramarikova, attended NATE UNITE held in San Diego February 24-27, 2014.  With keynote speakers such as Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (seen here) as well as the ‘father of the cell phone’ Dr. Martin Cooper, Chairman and Co-Founder of Dyna, LLC NATE UNITE 2014 was a successful event focused on education and safety for the tower erection, service and maintenance industry.

Mr. Gordon Lyman, President, Safety LMSystems LLC a long term contributor to the TIA TR-14 Engineering committee on Structural Standards for Communication and Small Wind Turbine Support Structures TIA-1019 standard received  the Distinguished Service Award as a committee member who had demonstrated direct and individual contributions to the mission of NATE. As a speaker during two Educational Sessions, his main focus was safety. “Safety is a hard job. We misuse the word safety,” Mr. Lyman stated. “It should be a job and removed from the dictionary.” Ernie Johnson, president of Consolidated Engineering, Inc., and a contributor to the TIA-222 Standard also presented at the NATE UNITE to introduce the New NATE Gin Pole Safety Guidelines Resources.

Marianna Kramarikova, Manager, Technology and Standards, represented TIA at the International Wireless Communications Expo March 25-28, 2014. Marianna visited with representatives from government, public safety and other experts in wireless communications technology.

 

To inquire about participating in TIA standards developing efforts, please contact standards@tiaonline.org or learn more about the TIA standards development program on our website.  See if our next technology meeting is near you by visiting the TIA Engineering Committees' meetings calendar.