Innovating Standards - TIA Quarterly Newsletter (7-22-2010)

Innovating Standards


July 2010

President's Message

Welcome to the first issue of TIA's Innovating Standards newsletter. Through this new quarterly publication TIA is keeping engaged and harmonized with TIA engineering committee participants, the larger technology standards developing community, and media who cover technological innovation - keeping you informed about new TIA standards projects and newly published standards documents. Thank you for your interest and support in growing the industry.

- Grant Seiffert, TIA President

Access Agnostic Smart Device Communications

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-50 Smart Device Communications Engineering Committee has initiated its first project to develop a multi-part standard for Smart Device Communications.
The multi-part format was initiated by the TR-50.1 Smart Device Communications Requirements and Architecture Engineering Subcommittee at its July meeting. The new multi-part standard will define the requirements for communications pertaining to the access agnostic monitoring and bi-directional communication of events and information between smart devices and other devices, applications or networks.
"Smart devices communicate with other smart devices and systems without regard to the technology used to connect the device to the network. Consequently, access agnostic smart device communications standards are needed, and it's our job to ensure that TIA standards meet the needs of diverse industries today and in the future," said TR-50.1 Chairman Peter W. Nurse of Sigma Delta Communications.
The first three parts of the Smart Device Communications standard have been identified as:
  • Part 000: List of Parts (an overview of the complete standard)
  • Part 001: Common Terminology
  • Part 005: Reference Architecture
Producing the standard in multiple parts will make it easier to update and manage and also make it easier for industry to track and use the most up-to-date standards, according to Subcommittee Vice Chair Dr. Mitch Tseng of Huawei Technologies. Read more >>
More on TIA Standards development
  • Review new TIA standards projects initiated in 2010
  • See all TIA standards published this year
  • TIA engineering committees' meetings calendar - with agendas and meeting reports
  • Learn more about TIA standards development and how to participate
  • TIA standards are available for purchase at

TIA 2009-2010 STAR Report Released!

Just published, the latest edition of TIA's annual Standards and Technology Annual Report (STAR) provides a full and detailed overview of the thrust of TIA's innovating standards developing programs. Download the free PDF version >>
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 eleven 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 and Smart Device Communications. Each area is represented by engineering committees and subcommittees that formulate standards to serve the industry and consumers.

Comprehensive Set of Femtocell Standards Published

TIA TR-45 Mobile and Personal Communications Systems Standards Engineering Committee recently published a set of comprehensive standards for femtocell devices that incorporate CDMA2000® 1X and HRPD (EVDO) radio access technologies. The new standards describe all aspects of an SIP/IMS-based femtocell architecture for highly-scalable deployment of femtocells that can provide voice, multimedia, and data services to existing CDMA2000 1X and HRPD mobile devices.
The comprehensive TIA standards suite will allow the integration of existing mobile devices, enhanced femtocell-aware mobile devices, femtocell devices, security gateways, and femtocell convergence servers from multiple vendors. Furthermore, the standards support capabilities for new mobile devices that are femto-aware, providing Enhanced System Selection features for improved battery life, faster femtocell and macrocell system acquisition, improved handoff between the femtocell and macrocell system, and femtozone awareness when CDMA2000 femtocells are deployed. Read more >>

New Terrestrial Mobile Multimedia Multicast Standard Issued

TIA TR-47 Terrestrial Mobile Multimedia Multicast Engineering Committee has completed a standard to support satellite hybrid systems consistent with standardization work in ETSI and the DVB Project. The new specification, TIA-1168 Terrestrial Mobile Multimedia Multicast Based on Digital Video Broadcasting for Handheld Devices Using Satellite, Terrestrial or Hybrid Networks Operating Below 3 GHz, specifies the air interface for terrestrial mobile multimedia multicast in the context of digital video broadcasting for handheld devices using a satellite, terrestrial or hybrid network at frequencies below 3 GHz to provide an efficient way of carrying multimedia services. Read more >>

TIA-942 Data Center Cabling Standard Amended

TIA TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Engineering Committee recently released a second addendum to the TIA-942 Data Center Cabling standard. The addendum, titled Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers Addendum 2 - Additional Guidelines for Data Centers, specifies revised requirements for temperature and humidity in data centers. The addition was made to harmonize the standards with environmental guidelines developed by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Read more >>

Editor's Note

Your feedback is most welcome. Please feel free to contact me at To learn more about participating in developing TIA standards, go to Thank you. - Mike Snyder, Innovating Standards