Innovating Standards Newsletter - May 2012

Innovating Standards


May 2012

TIA and OPC Commit to Work Together on Global M2M Standards for Industrial Automation

TIA and the OPC Foundation announced that they have recently signed an agreement to further promote the telecom industries in the United States and around the globe for machine-to-machine (M2M) and Industrial Automation. TIA's recent release of the M2M standard, TIA-4940, "Smart Device Communications (M2M) Reference Architecture," particularly highlighted the value that this standard and the work of TIA's TR-50 Smart Device Communications Engineering Committee, brings to the industrial automation community.

Under the friendship agreement, TIA and the OPC Foundation will cooperatively work to promote and produce harmonious technology standards. The two organizations will also consider regulatory issues of common importance to further the development of high-tech communications industries worldwide.

The two standards developing organizations (SDOs) plan to work collaboratively to produce M2M standards. While attending a recent meeting of TIA's TR-50 Smart Device Communications Engineering Committee, representatives and suppliers from the OPC Foundation explicitly said they want to work with the TIA committee to develop a straightforward, uncomplicated standard to meet the needs of M2M vendors.

"The OPC Foundation's history of working on standards for industrial automation and enterprise systems will provide insight to help TIA as we work on new specifications for vertical industries so they can take advantage of the benefits of innovative interoperable M2M technology," said TIA President Grant Seiffert. "As we approach an era of 50 billion devices connected via the Internet in just a few short years, the synergy in standards development between TIA and OPC lies at the heart of our mutual push to seamlessly connect communications devices and enable industries to grow and thrive."

"The OPC Foundation and its 500+ members are very interested in contributing to the development of standards within TR-50," said Thomas Burke, President and Executive Director of the OPC Foundation. "The OPC Foundation is dedicated to ensuring interoperability in automation and enterprise computing and this is one of the significant reasons we believe working cooperatively and closely with TIA-TR-50 in the development of standards is a perfect fit for the OPC Foundation and our members.

"The OPC Foundation's submitted TR-50 contribution is an outstanding step toward making M2M simple for the masses," said Cheryl Blum, TIA Vice President, Technology and Standards. "Given the fact that M2M device communication standards will be implemented by most device makers and infrastructure OEMs, it is critical to have a contribution from the people that make the 'Things' for the 'Internet of Things.' The starting point for convergence must be simplicity. An extensible specification that is simple to implement - with input from the community of vendors who will be responsible for execution of the TR-50 standard - is critical. Most importantly, as we discuss 50 billion connected devices, we can tap OPC's rich history of innovation and standards adoption."

TIA Releases Annual STAR Report This Month


The 2011-2012 Standards and Technology Annual Report (STAR) is a summary of the latest actions taken by TIA's engineering committees towards the development of standards for the advancement of global communications.

More on TIA Standards Development


TIA Standards and IHS Open New Web Store

IHS launched an early version of the TIA Standards Store (, a website dedicated to simplifying how people find, learn about, and purchase TIA standards documents. There are several standout features to improve the customer experience. On of which is that standards are now sorted and displayed by TIA committees to make it easier to sort through each group's catalog of documents.

Standards can now be filtered as "new from TIA" and "top publications" which provide the customer an easy way to find new documents. The TIA Standards Store will also give high visibility to new and highly-anticipated standards offerings.

In the future, we are looking forward to TIA Standards Store offering subscription licenses for each TIA committee, which will give customers the flexibility to make much more focused subscription.

Infrastructure and Equipment Update

TIA engineering committees on Telecommunications Cabling (TR-42) and User Premises Telecom Requirements (TR-41) both met in the last quarter, completing work on key standards.

TIA-606-B, Administration Standard for Commercial Telecommunications Infrastructure, is in the final stages of publication and will be released in May of 2012 by TR-42. The standard provides guidelines and choices of classes for the administration of telecommunications infrastructure. The four classes of administration specified are based on the complexity of the infrastructure being administered. In addition, this Standard is modular and scalable to allow implementation of various portions of the administration system as desired. For example, a contractor placing the pathways may be responsible for recording pathway information. After the pathway has been placed, a different contractor installing the cabling may be responsible for recording cabling information. A third contractor might install firestopping and be responsible for recording information and labeling for that portion of the infrastructure. The system owner should coordinate among the various contractors to maintain a uniform method of administration as specified in TIA-606-B standard.

The final ballot of the first revision of the Data Center Cabling Standard (to become ANSI/TIA-942-A) will be completed in April 2012 by TR-42. 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.

TIA-470.330-C, Telephone Answering Devices, is also in the final stages of publication by TR-41.This standard provides performance requirements for Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) incorporating a Telephone Answering Device (TAD) intended for analog wireline connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). Devices meeting the requirements defined in TIA-470.330-C should ensure compatibility and satisfactory performance to the user in a high percentage of installations. A TAD may be a stand-alone device or may be integrated into CPE with other features such as a handset for voice communication (ITAD). Only TADs or ITADs using digital means of storing voice messages are covered by this standard. Older devices using analog storage technology, such as cassette tapes, are not covered. Only requirements relevant to TAD functions are included in this standard. Other requirements that may also be relevant to CPE having TAD functions may be found in other standards in the TIA-470 series.

Elections were held for TR-42 and some of its subcommittees, Chair and Vice-Chair positions. Congratulations to Bob Jensen, Fluke Networks and Valerie Maguire, The Siemon Company, who were elected to serve as TR-42 Chair and Vice-Chair for another two year term. TIA thanks all the Chairs and Vice-Chairs for their dedication and looks forward to continuing excellent leadership for the valuable work of TR-42.

OneM2M Prepares to Launch!

Seven standard development organizations met in late March in Tokyo, Japan to continue the planning for the launch of oneM2M.

The Tokyo meeting, hosted by ARIB and TTC, was attended by the Association of Radio Industries and Business (ARIB,) Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS,) China Communicaitons Standards Association (CCSA,) European Telecommunications Standards institute (ETSI,) Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) and The Telecommunication Technology Committee (TTC). These organizations have been meeting on a regular basis since July 2011 to address an M2M consolidation initiative known as oneM2M. The goal of oneM2M is to develop Technical Specifications and Reports for a global M2M Service Layer (embedded in hardware or software) that can provide the communications necessary to support connectivity between the vast variety of devices in the field and M2M application servers.

The first Steering Committee meeting of oneM2M will be held in the United States July 24-26, hosted by TIA and ATIS in the Seattle, WA area. Numerous industry groups from different business domains (e.g., healthcare, intelligent transportation systems, smart energy, industrial automation, etc.) and other organizations are being invited to the July meeting.

In addition, the first meeting of the Technical Plenary, which is responsible for all the technical activities in oneM2M, will be held September 24-28, hosted by ETSI, in Europe. Discussions on the organization of the technical work will begin during this meeting.

The second meeting of the Technical Plenary will be held December 10-14 in China, hosted by CCSA. Leadership elections (Chair/Vice-Chairs) will take place during this meeting.

To learn more about oneM2M and how to participate through TIA, please contact Cheryl Blum (, Vice-President of Technology and Standards, or Herb Congdon (, Associate Vice-President of Technology and Standards.

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