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Innovating Standards


July/Aug/Sept 2011

Building a Platform for the Emerging M2M Dialogue

Upcoming International Conference in Atlanta Will Highlight M2M Advances

By Cheryl Blum, Vice President, Technology and Business Development, TIA

The last two years have seen a remarkable renewed interest from wireless carriers, telecommunications equipment suppliers and standards development organizations (SDOs) in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. M2M protocols and technologies allow two pieces of equipment to exchange data and commands with little or no human involvement. That functionality is now permeating the United States and global economies as companies demand real-time data from networked systems that span many vertical markets such as healthcare, manufacturing, information and communications technology, shipping, finance, and utilities.

For example, real-time vehicular telematics technologies helped shipping giant United Parcel Service (UPS) reduce the amount of fuel consumed per package in the United States by 3.3 percent and engine idling time by 15.4 percent in 2010, Data sensors track vehicle performance mechanically and driver route and behavior behind the wheel. Scott Wicker, UPS's Chief Sustainability Officer, says: "the data we gather from telematics enables us to make small adjustments with big payoffs."

M2M technology for monitoring is also used to save lives. Cinterion and TZ Medical are launching a new heart monitoring device that can detect abnormalities in heartbeats and communicate the diagnostic data to physicians via mobile networks and the Internet. Authorized caregivers can securely view patient data at any time, from anywhere in the world to determine treatment approaches.

However, harmonizing M2M technologies across such a wide range of industries is a significant challenge, which is why the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is hosting the next GSC Machine-to-Machine Standardization Task Force's (GSC MSTF) meeting at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) Sept. 20-21. The theme of the Atlanta event is "M2M Standards as Growth Enablers."

The GSC MSTF was created in September 2010 at an international meeting of major SDOs in Beijing to facilitate global coordination and harmonization in M2M standardization. The MSTF roundtable will help in finalizing an activity map and make recommendations on current and future M2M standardization undertakings to the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.

The meeting, open to the public and free of charge, features a conference followed by a roundtable. Attendees will have valuable collaborative opportunities, and gain technical insights into the area of M2M technology from the perspective of industry experts involved in critical vertical markets.

The conference will include panels on healthcare; transportation, logistics and supply chain; residential and commercial security and home automation; payments (ATM/vending/mobile payments); manufacturing and industrial processes; and energy and Smart Grid.

A number of prominent industry experts will be participating, including Dr. Daniel Russler, VP of Clinical Informatics at Oracle; Chuck Holland, VP of Industrial Engineering at UPS; Ron Zimmer, President and CEO of the Continental Automated Buildings Association; Cynthia Merritt, Assistant Director of the Retail Payments Risk Forum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Alexander McMillan, Director of Global Standards and Trade at Rockwell Automation, and member of the American National Standards Institute Board and IEC Standards Management Board; and Eric Gunther, Chairman and CTO of EnerNex Corporation, and Chairman of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), GridWise Architecture Council.

The GSC MSTF roundtable will feature organizations and companies that are contributing to M2M standards development. It will appeal to attendees directly involved in M2M standards or interested in monitoring the progress of M2M standardization. The roundtable will be moderated by Dr. Ron Bohlander, associate director for Business Operations & Commercialization at GTRI's Information and Communications Laboratory (ICL) and will include representatives from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the European Standards Telecommunications Institute (ETSI), the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), the 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2), the Zigbee Alliance, the Continual Health Alliance and TIA.

The GSC MSTF will be convened by TIA's TR-50 Smart Device Communications Engineering Committee Chair, Dr. Jeffrey O. Smith, CTO of Numerex. (Please see info on current and past GSC MSTF meetings at

TIA's M2M standardization work is multifold. TR-50 is developing a multipart standard for M2M architectures and security to define requirements for access agnostic monitoring and bi-directional communication of events and information between smart devices, applications, and/or networks. TR-50's central M2M standard feature is interoperability for interfacing with a broad range of machine-to-machine specifications and technologies. Technical interoperability with M2M technologies is also being addressed by TIA's TR-48 Vehicular Telematics, TR-49 Healthcare ICT, and TR-51 Smart Utility Networks Engineering Committees.

Attendees at the Atlanta GSC MSTF meeting will have a unique opportunity to participate in the emerging global M2M dialog.

For additional information about the event, including registration details and a full agenda, please visit

Numerex has organized the meeting.

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Emerging Technologies: Cloud Computing White Paper; Technology Roadmap

TIA's Emerging Technologies Subcommittee (ETSC) met in July and August. The ETSC's mandate is to advance and explore emerging areas and technologies for synergies with the work in TIA and identifying new potential work areas that can be assumed by TIA. The group is the focal point for investigating and taking a deep dive into emerging areas and technologies of value and interest to the members and generating new growth areas of standardization in TIA.

TIA Standards and the Cloud

The ETSC recently established a Cloud Computing Task Group (CCTG) to investigate which TIA standards have potential interactions with the Cloud and develop a possible strategy for acquiring the expertise to address interoperability issues between TIA standards and new Cloud standards. The various TIA committees under consideration by the CCTG include TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems, TR-45 Mobile and Personal Communications Systems Standards, TR-48 Vehicular Telematics, TR-49 Healthcare ICT, TR-50 Smart Device Communications, and TR-51 Smart Utility Networks. Look for the CCTG Cloud Computing White Paper to be distributed soon.

Developing a Technology Roadmap

The ETSC is also developing a Technology Roadmap to provide strategic technology direction for TIA's Technology and Standards Department and lay the groundwork for many new initiatives in TIA's Standards Program.

If you are interested in participating in this members-only activity, please contact George Ivanov at

Recent Meeting News from TIA Engineering Committees

TR-41 User Premises Telecommunications Requirements Committee Meeting News

The TR-41 User Premises Telecommunications Requirements Engineering Committee, its subcommittees and some of its working groups, held a series of virtual meetings Aug. 8-19. The committee develops standards for telecommunications terminal equipment and systems, specifically those for voice service, integrated voice and data service and Internet Protocol (IP) applications.

A new TR-41.3.14 Working Group (WG) was formed during the May meeting of Subcommittee TR-41.3, Analog and Digital Wireline Terminals, and reviewed a second draft of a proposed standard for high-gain amplified telephones. It completed its work on the draft during the August meeting and recommended the document be sent out for industry ballot. Both this standard, and the "D" version of TIA-470.110 for "regular" analog telephones, currently in process in the TR-41.3.5 WG, will incorporate the concept of "Conversational Gain," or gain relative to the level of a face-to-face conversation at a distance of 1 meter, for specifying receive-volume control requirements. For more details on the genesis of the high gain amplified telephone project click on the video below.

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The TR-41.3 Subcommittee also intends to fast-track completion of the TIA-920.120-A digital wideband speakerphone standard to complement the recently published handset and headset documents in the "telephony" oriented series. The standard will complete the TIA-920 series of documents. TR-41.3 will then begin work on a broader-based digital transmission standard to incorporate test methods and requirements for Unified Communications devices.

The TR-41.7 Environmental and Safety Considerations Subcommittee added a working group to facilitate its efforts on an Ethernet First Mile Overvoltage Tests document. At a May meeting, TR-41.7 approved sending out a draft standard on surge resistibility of Smart Grid equipment (TIA-1194) for default ballot. Comments on the document were resolved during the August session and the document was approved by the Subcommittee for publication. The TR-41.7.1 WG is reviewing and commenting on the UL62368-1 hazard-based safety standard that covers everything from telephones and computers to televisions and stereo systems.

The TR-41.9 Technical and Administrative Regulatory Considerations Subcommittee published TSB-31-D, a measurement guide for showing compliance with TIA-968-B and Part 68. TR-41.9 noted that TIA-968-B includes several references to TSB-31-C that will need to be updated. The details of the references are being reviewed and an appropriate project to either amend or revise TIA-968-B will be created. TR-41.9 has also requested that the FCC be contacted about updating the outdated references in Part 68 for receive-volume control testing. If you are interested in participating, please contact Ronda Marrow at

TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Meeting News

The TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Engineering Committee, and its Subcommittees held very successful meetings June 13-17 in Quebec City in Canada.

The first revision of the Data Center Cabling Standard (to become ANSI/TIA-942-A) has gone out for its 2nd Industry Ballot. There are several technical changes, many of which resulted from re-constructing the document to build on the ANSI/TIA-568-C.0 Standard as a foundation. The current draft modifies previous content on cabling as it no longer recognizes Category 3 or Category 5e for horizontal copper cabling, no longer recognizes 62.5/125um (OM1) or traditional 50/125um (OM2) fibers and now recommends OM4 as the multimode fiber type. The network topology in the current draft includes modifications such as removing the 100-meter length limitation for optical fiber horizontal cabling, adding an "intermediate distribution area" (or "IDA") and removing the active components allowance in the Zone Distribution Area (ZDA). Some new additions in the current draft include establishing recommendations for the LC connector (for 1- and 2-fiber connections) and the MPO connector (for array connections) in new installations and some new recommendations for energy efficiency.

 The second revision of the draft Administrative Standard (to be ANSI/TIA-606-B) introduces a new identification format, harmonized with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) version for horizontal links, backbone cables, and campus backbone cables, but allows old identifiers to continue being used. A new graphic symbol was introduced as an optional way to identify outlet ports that are powered via applications like Power over Ethernet (POE). The new graphic is shown in the figure to the left. New content addressing the use of "automated infrastructure management" (AIM) systems that manage and administrate the network, connections and connected devices has also been added to the draft.

The second revision of the draft Administrative Standard (to be ANSI/TIA-606-B) introduces a new identification format, harmonized with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) version for horizontal links, backbone cables, and campus backbone cables, but allows old identifiers to continue being used. A new graphic symbol was introduced as an optional way to identify outlet ports that are powered via applications like Power over Ethernet (POE). (The new graphic is shown in the figure to the left.) New content addressing the use of "automated infrastructure management" (AIM) systems that manage and administrate the network, connections, and connected devices has also been added to the draft.

The copper cabling component subcommittee is busy looking at new technologies, such as the next generation of balanced twisted-pair cabling, and higher data rates with signal frequencies up to 2 GHz. The fiber cabling component subcommittees are investigating ways to characterize connector loss in ways that will enable manufacturers and designers to comply with the shrinking loss budgets of higher-data-rate applications such as 40 Gigabit Ethernet and 100 Gigabit Ethernet.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Teesha Jenkins at

TR-45 Mobile and Personal Communications Systems Standards Meeting News

The TR-45 Mobile and Personal Communications Systems Standards Engineering Committee held its summer meeting June 1-2. The Committee continues to work jointly with the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) to develop a new joint standard on Interference and Co-Existence Issues Affecting Land Mobile Systems. In addition, there is a new joint ATIS/TIA standard project on Support for Delivery of Spanish Language Commercial Mobile Alerts System (CMAS) notifications.

At the June meeting, it was reported that the reaffirmation of J-STD-025-B on Lawfully Authorized Electronic Surveillance was completed. The Standard defines the interfaces between a Telecommunication Service Provider (TSP) and a Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) to assist the LEA in conducting lawfully authorized electronic surveillance. A TSP, manufacturer, or support service provider that is in compliance with J-STD-025, and its revisions, will have a "safe harbor" under Section 107 of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). TR-45 also approved for ballot the draft Addendum 3 to J-STD-025-B which allows a carrier to deliver to LEA the full Base Station ID (BSID) for location, when authorized, on cdma2000 packet data intercepts.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Teesha Jenkins at

TR-51 Smart Utility Networks Meeting News

The TR-51 Smart Utility Networks Engineering Committee held a very successful meeting June 3 in San Antonio, Texas, at which the committee continued to move rapidly toward a series of standards to provide a mesh network solution to utility providers. Silver Spring Networks and ADI presented a draft document for the physical layer of the solution. Blind Creek gave a presentation on possible MAC layer issues and solutions that led to good discussions. TR-51's next meeting will be held Sept. 6 in Seattle.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Ronda Marrow at

TR-50 Smart Device Communications Meeting News

The TR-50 Smart Device Communications Engineering Committee and its subcommittee met Aug. 3-4 in Denver, Colo. The focus of the meetings was preparation of TIA-4940.000 and TIA-4940.005 for ballot. These documents are members of a multipart standard that will define the requirements for communications pertaining to the access agnostic (e.g. PHY and MAC) monitoring and bi-directional communication of events and information between smart devices, applications, or networks. Part 005 of the multipart document is intended to provide a reference architecture, describing functional elements and interconnection. Annexes to part 005 will provide identified use cases and demonstrate the applicability of the reference architecture to support the use cases. Excellent progress was made on the initiative and work will continue at TR-50's next meeting in October in Arlington, Va.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Ronda Marrow at

TR-8 Mobile and Personal Private Radio Standards Meeting News

The TR-8 Mobile and Personal Private Radio Standards Engineering Committee held its latest meeting Aug. 3-7 in Philadelphia, Pa. TR-8 and its subcommittees formulate and maintain standards for private radio communications systems and equipment for both voice and data applications. The TR-8.25 subcommittee has been active in working on some of the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Process (CAP) documents. There are currently 14 documents published, with one additional document approved for publication. Work will continue supporting the P25 CAP process with standards.

TR-8.19 subcommittee continues to be very active in its work on network standards. To date, 20 documents have been published relating to ISSI, CSI, and FSI. An additional three documents are being drafted. The network standards document suite is now to the point where manufacturers may begin implementation of an ISSI.

TR-8.12 subcommittee for 2-slot TDMA has published three standards for TDMA, completing the common-air-interface standard for this phase. Other subcommittees have begun work related to the TDMA suite of standards.

This includes:
» TR-8.10 on Trunking Standard additions
» TR-8.1 and TR-8.6 on Methods of Measurement and Performance Recommendations. The Methods of Measurement document has been approved for publication; the Performance Recommendations document is expected to be approved for publication after the August meeting.
» TR-8.18 is drafting the next revision of the Wireless Systems Interference and Coverage documents. Three parts of the four part document have been published.

TR-8 will hold its next meeting the week of Oct. 18 in Charleston, S.C.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Ronda Marrow at

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TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop voluntary industry standards for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.

TIA's Standards and Technology Department comprises 13 technology areas that sponsor more than 70 standards formulating groups. These technology areas are Mobile Private Radio, Point-to-Point Communications Systems, Multi-Media Access, Protocols and Interfaces, Satellite Equipment and Systems, User Premises Telecommunications, Telecommunications Cabling Systems (both copper and fiber), Mobile and Personal Communications Systems, Terrestrial Mobile Multimedia Multicast, Vehicular Telematics, Healthcare ICT, Smart Device Communications, and Smart Utility Networks. Each area is represented by engineering committees and subcommittees that formulate standards to serve the industry and users.

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