Innovating Standards Newsletter - July 2014

TIA Quarterly Newsletter (Volume IV, Issue II)

5G at TIA: Upcoming 5G Symposium on Sept. 23, 2014

Following up on TIA's inaugural workshop on 5G in November 2013, TIA hosted the 5G Roundtable, May 1, 2014, at TIA's headquarters and conference center. The 5G Roundtable was aimed not at specific technical approaches or standards for 5G, but rather at understanding the forces driving industry to 5G.

Although the year 2020 is frequently cited as a 5G deployment date, it became clear in the Roundtable that this target is strongly affected by social change. 5G will have to respond not only to growth in subscriber numbers and usage, but to evolution in such diverse fields as entertainment and gaming, transport, health, safety and education.

Video is thought to be the principal driver behind 5G, but other applications will include augmented reality, cloud computing, and M2M communications -- which must support large volumes of small sensor and alarm messages. Attendees pondered 5G as not just a "bigger pipe" or a new air interface, but a means to deliver connectivity and low latency where future users will expect it -- everywhere they travel.

Users, as individuals, are adopting a "work face" and a "play face", managing multiple personas at multiple locations. This behavior influences network investments, as infrastructure originally built to cover vehicular users now must serve in other types of public areas and indoors. To do so, 5G will turn to small cells, connected to the network with fiber and especially, millimeter wave radios where small size, low cost and ample spectrum make them attractive.

Join us on September 23rd for our next deep dive into 5G at our 5G Symposium which will be held at TIA headquarters in Arlington, VA. To explore these ideas further, visit TIA NOW where thought leaders at the 5G Roundtable and TIA's Network of the Future conference delve into 5G's technical, economic and social challenges. These exclusive videos include Trends Beyond 4G5G On the Move, 5G in a Big Data World, Building the 5G Network and 5G: The Human Factor.

Wireless News

In today’s global economy there are over 335 operators deploying cdma2000 networks around the world.  Cdma2000 technology is supported by the interoperable and compatible systems standards developed in the TIA Mobile and Point to Point Communications Standards committee.  This committee recently held its spring plenary session in Dallas during the TIA2014 Future of the Network event. 

The committee has begun new work on a Guidelines standard for using cdma2000 1X networks to support M2M features.  The standard will address using enhanced access channels, access to overload class, device access priority, and direct channel assignments among many other functions.  The intent of this work is to ease the implementation of M2M devices on the cdma2000 network.

The committee is continuing its efforts to improve current cdma2000 offerings for consumers through the further development, enhancement and refinement of the standards which support position determination services.  The proposed addenda to the Position Determination Service for cdma2000 Spread Spectrum Systems standard and its corresponding software distribution document will incorporate recent technology advances into the TIA-801-B suite of standards.

In other news, the TR-45 subcommittee on Radio Switching Technology continued its work to constantly improve the current interoperability specifications for cmda2000 Access Network interfaces.  They published 14 revisions updated these interfaces to addressing additional USSD support and M2M en­hance­ments for AN interfaces.  The group also released a new standard, TIA-5004-0 which specifies enhancements to 1x and HRPD IOS to provide priority treatment in the Access Network (AN).

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 at smontgomery@tiaonline.org

Cabling Update

Physical security is a vital part of any security plan and is fundamental to all security efforts.  In the ICT cabling industry steps can be taken to physically protect network and data security.  The TIA Telecommunications Cabling Systems committee took action at their June meeting to addresses this issue by opening a project to consolidate and integrate existing security measures in the family of TIA TR-42 premises cabling standards into a single contiguous document.

This integration of the requirements provides a holistic view to the customer who has to make a decision on the level of security measures to consider in the premises. Since not all locations are the same and various buildings have different functions, the security needs of each building may be unique.

This project, TIA-5017, starts with a risk assessment guideline that allows users of the standard to evaluate their risk and choose a corresponding level of security. Surveillance systems are now an integral part of many facilities, especially education, healthcare, federal buildings, and hospitality.  TIA-5017 has detailed cabling infrastructure provisions for surveillance so that security can be quickly started as soon as the building is ready.  In addition to surveillance cabling, the document includes dedicated security cabling that may be necessary to augment generic cabling used for data, voice, and building automation systems. This dedicated cabling needs to meet the same requirements for generic cabling, i.e., it has to protect itself and protect the environment where it is installed.

Recent advances in automated administration management are also being incorporated into TIA-5017 to further enhance the security of the cabling.  Any unauthorized connections or disconnections of cables or equipment in the network will generate an alarm sent automatically to the network manager to maintain the integrity and security of the network. This means that no individual can walk into a facility and plug into the network without their exact location being discovered and notified, since AIM can pinpoint the location of any unauthorized connection.

Also at the recent TR-42 meeting a new project was opened on Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS).  This project addresses recommendations for distributed antenna system cabling infrastructure including cabling topology, architecture, design and installation practices, test procedures, and components.

The Premises Bonding and Grounding subcommittee continued it’s work on revising TIA-607-B, Generic Telecommunications Grounding (Earthing) and Bonding for Customer Premises.  The new revision will address grounding solutions for single story large buildings and updates to conductors for bonding, among other items.

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 at gpalangdao@tiaonline.org.

Exploring New Technology

TIA’s Focus Group on Fuel Cell Standards for Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Infrastructure held a meeting, on April 16th, TIA headquarters. The group is currently developing a guideline document whose draft is expected to be completed at the end of September.  The group will be hosting a July 30th meeting to address various contributions from fuel cell manufacturers, hydrogen suppliers, engineering firms, and network operators.  The document will consist of two parts, the first of which will address the needed requirements for fuel cell installations, while the second part will address the installation and best practices to fuel cell deployments that support ICT equipment.

The first review is planned for September, after which there will be a one year review and comment period for industry.  The next FCFG meeting will be held on July 30.  If you are interested in participating please contact Jeff Hannah at jhannah@tiaonline.org.

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Acoustic Advances

TIA hosted a session for conference attendees at the 2014 Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) conference, which occurred from June 26-29, 2014, in Austin, TX. TIA representatives presented to attendees the recent activity of TIA in hearing accessibility standardization. These updates included discussion of TIA’s enhanced hearing aid compatibility (HAC) magnetic coupling standard for wireline telephones [ANSI/TIA-1083-A]; current volume control requirements for wireline telephones and recent Improvements using ‘Conversational Gain’ [ANSI/TIA-4965]; and a new voluntary performance standard for amplified telephones [TIA-4953].

The materials used in this presentation were developed by TIA’s TR-41 committee, Accessibility Working Group, User Premises Equipment Division. Collectively, these efforts represent the TIA membership’s investment and commitment to enhancing the accessibility of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for consumers with disabilities.

Representatives of TIA also hosted a booth at the HLAA 2014. TIA engaged with conference attendees on hearing accessibility issues generally, and on the recent activity of TIA in hearing accessibility standardization. These updates included discussion of TIA’s enhanced hearing aid compatibility (HAC) magnetic coupling standard for wireline telephones [ANSI/TIA-1083-A]; current volume control requirements for wireline telephones and recent Improvements using ‘Conversational Gain’ [ANSI/TIA-4965]; and a new voluntary performance standard for amplified telephones [TIA-4953].

TR-41, Performance and Accessibility for Communications Products, along with its Subcommittees and Working Groups, met the week of May 12-16, 2014 in Ottawa, ON.  We were graciously hosted by Industry Canada at their lab facility located in Kanata.  TR-41 participants enjoyed a tour of the Industry Canada lab.

Key areas of work in the committee were advanced for the analog and digital wireline terminals subcommittee and it’s continuing efforts on revising the TIA-920-A series of handset, headset, and speakerphone digital transmission performance standards.  The revision will add requirements from the ANSI/TIA-810-B narrowband standard to the wideband requirements currently in the 920-A series and will introduce the use of level requirements as an alternative to traditional loudness ratings.

The subcommittee also reviewed the initial drafts of two revised standards covering the devices to which wideband analog phones may connect in order to provide High Definition (HD) voice services. These are the ANSI/TIA-912-B voice gateway standard and the ANSI/TIA-1063 analog port terminal adapter standard.  The goal is to increase services provided to consumers in analog phones.

The accessibility subcommittee is working on a revision of the ANSI/TIA-1083-A HAC magnetic coupling standard to add wideband performance requirements to that document.  The group is finding the introduction of real speech as the test signal to be more challenging than originally anticipated because it results in a smaller number for the signal-to-noise ratio that must be understood and explained.  It also opened a project to revise the TIA-4953 high gain amplified telephone standard.  Among the changes will be the addition of requirements for digital interface telephones.

The environmental and safety considerations subcommittee continued its work on the revised ANSI/TIA-PN-571-C environmental requirements standard.  The main areas of effort include thermal issues related to temperature stabilization during testing and the addition of electromagnetic interference requirements.  Because the scope of the document has been broadened to cover products other than “telephones”, the concept of “basic functionality” also needs to be broadened to more than just “go on and off hook, dial, ring, and talk.”  On the international front, it was noted that the 2nd Edition of the IEC 62368-1 hazard-based safety standard for ITE, A/V, and telecom equipment was published in February and that UL and CSA are working on a North American version of the document.

The regulatory considerations subcommittee approved submitting a second addendum to ANSI/TIA-968-B network connection standard for publication and forwarding to the Administrative Council for Terminal Attachments (ACTA) for adoption.  The addendum introduces the use of a real voice input signal for equipment having a microphone when making out-of-band signal measurements.  A second addendum to the TSB-31-D regulatory testing guidelines document is on hold for publication pending FCC action on TIA’s request to adopt the conversational gain requirements in ANSI/TIA-4965 into the Part 68 rules by reference.  Although there seems to be general support from all interested parties, we are still waiting for the FCC to issue an NPRM. 

TR-41’s upcoming meeting August 18th to 22nd, will be held at TIA headquarters in Arlington, VA.  Members of the FCC, Gallaudet University and Access Board are planning to attend the meeting and share their expertise on accessibility issues.  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 at mkramarikova@tiaonline.org

Sending Signals

In April 2014 a joint task group was created between TIA’s TR-14 committee on Structural Standards for Communications and Small Wind Turbine Support Structures and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) ASC A10, Safety Requirements for Construction and Demolition Operations, committees to review and clarify scopes and roles of TIA-1019-A and ASSE A10.48 standards.  The TIA-1019-A Standard for Installation, Alteration and Maintenance of Antenna Supporting Structures and Antennas was a continuation of the TR-14 committee’s efforts to improve the construction, modification and maintenance of telecommunication structures.

ANSI ASSE A10.48 20xx Criteria for Safety Practices with the Construction, Demolition, and Maintenance of Telecommunications Towers is working to advance the best practices in safety and construction of telecommunication structures.  These two standards have some obvious synergies.

As TR-14 became more informed about the efforts of the ASC A10 committee, it became apparent that a joint meeting to harmonize both standards was prudent.  To support this effort, TR-14 created two task groups. TIA TR-14 TG4 is developing an addendum to clarify and/or correct TIA-1019-A as published. Publishing addendums is an expedient vehicle used to react to committee requests when the changes do not alter the structure of the published document. TIA TR-14 TG5  will be a creating new version of TIA-1019-A that will be the product of the harmonization effort with ANSI ASSE A10.    The proposed Scope and Objective will be made available once it has been completed.

TIA welcomes all participants to attend and engage in the committee meetings. If you have any questions regarding the TR-14 committee or are interested in participating in the task groups, please contact Marianna Kramarikova at mkramarikova@tiaonline.org

TIA T&S International Activities

The ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25/ WG 3  Automated Infrastructure Management (AIM) adhoc meeting was hosted by TIA in Arlington VA.  The AIM ad-hoc met for two days on April 14-15, 2014 and successfully resolved all comments on draft standard (WD3).   The group reached agreement on the data model and data records needed by AIM, the communication protocol and command set needed for the API (Applications Programing Interface), and incorporated the processes for implementing and deploying an AIM system in a practical situation as an informative annex.  They also reorganized and regrouped business applications into “AIM intrinsic” and “AIM extrinsic” to differentiate the applications that are already available in current AIM versions vs. those that need to be communicated with as external applications.

The AIM ad hoc agreed to advance the document from Working Draft (WD) to Committee Draft (CD) and the CD was circulated in May. This will provide sufficient time for national comments on the CD to be discussed at the next ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25/ WG 3 meeting in Beijing, China, the week of September 15-19, 2014.  

In related news, the ISO/IEC 11801 3rd edition work has commenced for the revision of Premises Cabling Systems standards suite which is comprised of six standards for the following areas: Generic Cabling, Enterprise (commercial building), Industry (factory automation), Homes (residential building), Data Centers, and Intelligent Building Networks.  The revision will incorporate and address recent changes in building cabling infrastructure and technology.

TIA welcomes all our participants to attend and engage in the committee meetings. If you have any questions regarding the committee, please contact Florence Otieno at fotieno@tiaonline.org

Recent Appearances

Mr. Jeff Hannah was in Austin, TX at Lightwave’s Optical Innovation Summit.  This two‑day conference and exposition highlighted immediate challenges and provided innovative, practical solutions in optical communications in the Americas. Mr. Hannah participated in a panel addressing Network Security and Optical Communications.

Look for Ms. Marianna Kramarikova at APCO’s 80th Annual Conference and Expo, August 3-6 in New Orleans, LA.  This is the premier event for public safety communications professionals who work with TIA to develop standards which support radio communications for first responders.

TIA members will be attending the 18th Global Standards Collaboration meeting, July 22-23, 2014 in Sophia Antipolis, France, a meeting of seven different national standards developers from around the world, including TIA. The mandate of GSC is to provide a venue for the leaders of the Participating Standards Organizations and the ITU to: Freely exchange information on the progress of standards development in the different regions and the state of the global standards development environment; and Collaborate in planning future standards development to gain synergy and to reduce duplication.

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.