Innovating Standards Newsletter - July 2013


Wireless News

Cabling Update

More on TIA Standards Development

Private Radio Buzz
Acoustic Advances

M2M Corner

Recent Appearances

TIA and Other Leading Standards Developers Meet at Global Standards Collaboration Meeting
TIA presented over 20 contributions and led and moderated eight panel discussions covering various High Interest Subjects and the GSC M2M Standardization Task Force (MSTF) during the 17th meeting of Global Standards Collaboration (GSC-17). The meeting took place in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, from 13 to 16 May 2013 and was hosted by Korea’s Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA). GSC-17 is a high-level gathering of the world's leading information and communication technologies (ICT) standards organizations. The objective of the GSC is to promote collaboration in planning future standards development to gain synergy and reduce duplication of effort among GSC members.

More than 80 contributions were brought to the GSC-17 meeting, and 19 High Interest Subjects were discussed, including IMT standardization, Lawful Interception, ICT and the Environment, ICT Accessibility, Smart Grid, Cloud Services, Wireless Power Transmission, ID Management, Cybersecurity, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Communications, Emergency Communications and Intelligent Transport System (ITS).

Emergency Communications continues to be an important subject. All GSC Members are actively involved in the GSC Task Force on Emergency Communications. The Task Force produced a comprehensive draft Technical Report that identifies ongoing and future standardization and regulatory initiatives in each region regarding how to provide communications "in the event of an emergency or disaster." TIA and other members of the GSC met regularly for nearly a year to develop the report and to provide input on the Public Safety services provided in their regions. It is planned to continue the work of the Task Force until GSC-18.

A report from the most recent meeting of the MSTF, held on May 7 in collaboration with Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), was given by the Chair of the MSTF, Dr. Jeffery Smith (Numerex). The GSC MSTF was formed out of GSC-10 and is led by TIA.

Representatives from GSC Members and Observers exchanged information on the topic of the inclusion of patented technology in ICT standards. The ongoing work and activities in TIA’s Standards and Intellectual Property Committee (SIPC) was presented by TIA’s Chair of the group, Amy Marasco (Microsoft).

Another major outcome of the GSC was an agreement to review the structure, organization and scope of the GSC (GSC Reform) to ensure that the GSC is focused on strategic matters and issues and to consider additional concepts for strengthening collaboration among its members. The goal is to develop a proposal/recommendation for GSC Reform by January 2014.

In attendance as an Observer was Ms. Rita Teaotia, Additional Secretary of the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, India. She presented information on the establishment of the Telecom Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI). The Government of India hopes TSDSI will take its place in the Global Standardization community.

Several TIA member companies, board members, and representatives of government and academia were part of the TIA Delegation to the GSC, led by Cheryl Blum, TIA’s Head of Delegation.

The output of GSC-17 comprises a set of Resolutions reflecting consensus positions of the GSC Members on the future direction of ICT standardization. The Resolutions, Communique, and other information can be found here.

GSC-18, to be hosted by ETSI is planned for July 2014 in France. For additional information about the GSC, please contact Cheryl Blum.


Wireless News
In June the TR-45 Committee on Mobile and Personal Communications held its meeting in Miami, Fla. TR-45 and its subcommittees and working groups have continued to develop and improve standards supporting the mobile community and cdma2000® technology. Over the past three months, new revisions have been launched to support M2M applications and SMS-to-911 implementation.

Today, the power of M2M applications can be applied to any industry – from energy to retail and from transportation to healthcare. Nearly any electronic device can be M2M enabled. Due to the ubiquity of M2M applications, analysts predict that there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2025. According to a recent Harbor Research study, the use of CDMA networks for M2M applications is being implemented for M2M deployment due to CDMA’s “high security levels, network longevity, ubiquitous coverage, high bandwidth, spectral efficiency, low latency, energy efficiency, and ’always-on’ connectivity.” To this end, TIA’s TR-45.4 subcommittee is developing baseline text for a standard providing protocols and procedures for cdma2000® RAN enhancements to support M2M communications. Data communications can already be carried over the cdma2000® 1x or HRPD networks, so the standard (TIA-4984) is intended to guide the work of the enhancements to the cdma2000® technology for the support of 1x Device Capability, to notify a base station of the M2M capabilities supported by the mobile unit. Informative message flows and identification of how to provide support for the M2M indication from the MS in registration and mobile originated/terminated packet data services is also provided.

Now that the SMS-to-911 standard has been approved, the focus of the work is shifting to simplify its implementation so more people can reach 911 via text messaging. To this end, TIA’s TR-45.8 subcommittee met jointly with the ATIS Wireless Technology and Systems Committee: Systems and Networks and Emergency Services Interconnection Forum Next Generation Emergency Services subcommittees, where an issue statement to address updates to J-STD-110 to ease implementation of the SMS-to-911 service was provisionally approved as a joint project. The intent of this project is to address issues that have arisen during the early implementations of SMS to 911 service. In addition, a Joint Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) discussion was held with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA is very interested in having the J-STD-110 standard support multiple languages to reach diverse communities in the United States. A particular interest in Spanish was mentioned, as well as in several Asian languages. The group agreed to have continuing discussion on this matter. Industry Canada is also working on CMAS issues and held a workshop in June on the topic.

The TR-45.5 subcommittee launched two new addenda projects and a new revision for TSB-58, Administration of Parameter Value Assignments for cdma2000 Spread Spectrum Standards, to address changes in the administration of parameter value assignments for cdma2000®. The new addendum to TIA-4968-A on Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) service options for spread spectrum systems, specifically focused on radio link protocol type 3, will incorporate recent changes in the technology. The second new addendum addresses recent changes in the function of the Removable User Identity Module for Spread spectrum systems.

TR-45.3 subcommittee began revision I of the TIA/EIA-136 TDMA series of standards. This revision to eight standards in the TIA/EIA-136 suite of standards addresses the inclusion of Overload Class 12 technology. The revision is being developed to support updates to the ITU-R Recommendation M.1457 to support the IMT-2000 TDMA-SC technology.

Cabling Update

The June 2013 meeting of TIA’s TR-42 Engineering Committee on Telecommunications Cabling Systems was held in Portland, Ore. The committee and its subcommittees addressed several key issues.

Revising one of TIA’s most popular and widely-referenced series of standards is sure to generate a lot of excitement, and that’s just what TR-42 is starting to do. At the June meeting of the Telecommunications Cabling Systems committee, discussions began on the next revision of the 568 Series of standards on structured cabling. The documents will be renumbered to reflect the current nomenclature (e.g., ANSI/TIA-568.0-D rather than ANSI/TIA-568-D.0) and will include new technologies and content developed since the C series was published. While a few documents in the C series may be reaffirmed and re-designated, most will require a full revision. The first ballots will be issued soon. TIA is actively seeking participation from the user and general interest communities in these projects. Please contact TIA for more information.

Everyone is concerned with the security of their data, but it’s equally important that the data get from point A to point B. Keeping the network path safe and secure is a critical part of the security framework. The Task Group on Physical Security of the Network, which has been meeting and developing a draft standard to address a gap in standards coverage identified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was assigned to the TR-42.1 subcommittee. It was recognized that the physical security of the network cabling is a generic subject appropriate for all types of premises, and therefore TR-42.1 is the best home for the continuing development of a standard on this topic.

                                                                                                  Further TR-42 Updates
The work continues on the “next generation” of category cabling, Category 8. Several task groups are working, and two new ones were created (field tester requirements and adding Class II limits). A July interim meeting of TR-42.7 will be hosted to continue work on Next Generation draft specifications including scaling, testing methods and modeling configurations.

The Sustainability Subcommittee made progress on contributions from the STEP Foundation. An ICT sustainability rating system standard draft will be issued for industry ballot.  Two other contributions from the STEP Foundation, a User Guide and a STEP Rating for ICT vendors rating system, will be reviewed in advance of disposition in the October meeting.  AT&T provided some good insight to the importance of sustainable initiatives in their 2012 Sustainability Report, noting that the company realized annualized savings of $65 million through 5,600 energy-reducing projects, including a trade-in program and collecting approximately 3.1 million cell phones and 1.17 million pounds of batteries and accessories for reuse or recycle.

TIA and BICSI’s Healthcare Standards Outline Best Practices
A healthcare facility’s main function is to save lives, and its infrastructure must be capable of supporting that mission. TIA-1179, Healthcare Facility Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard, and ANSI/BICSI 004-2012, Information Technology Systems Design and Implementation Best Practices for Healthcare Institutions and Facilities, have been developed to provide guidance on issues specific to the healthcare environment. Written for a wide variety of facilities including hospitals, outpatient clinics and skilled nursing facilities, the standards cover not only common telecommunications and IT infrastructure concerns, but specific healthcare systems such as nurse call, interactive television/hospitality systems and connected medical imaging. Order your copy of TIA-1179 at or of ANSI/BICSI 004-2012 at

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Private Radio Buzz
TR-8 Mobile and Personal Private Radio Standards Engineering Committee met in Kansas City, Mo., April 23–24, 2013. During this productive meeting, new leadership was elected, and the committee launched a new working group on Intrinsic Safety considerations, began discussion on use of signal boosters and awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to departing TR-8.25 Subcommittee Chair Tess Zagaruyka.

In the meeting, TR-8.21 LMR Intrinsic Safety Considerations Subcommittee issued an open invitation to join the ANSI/TIA-4950-A working group, which is leading the effort to revise ANSI/TIA-4950 (Requirements for Battery-Powered, Portable Land Mobile Radio Applications in Class I, II, and III, Division 1, Hazardous (Classified Locations). Signal Booster Systems Working Group #7 (WG7) of the TR-8.11 Engineering Subcommittee provided a summary of the Federal Communications Commission’s February 20, 2013, Report and Order amending its rules to improve wireless communications through the use of signal boosters. TR-8.11 WG7 invited all interested participants to join the working group, especially those with detailed knowledge of LTE and TDMA technologies.

The next TR-8 meeting will be held on August 15-17, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. Project 25 Steering Committee will be held on August 17, in collocation with TR-8. TIA welcomes all our participants to attend and engage in the committee meetings.


Acoustic Advances
TR-41 User Premises Telecommunications Requirements engineering committee met in Santa Cruz, Calif., April 29–May 3, 2013. Of note at the meeting was a presentation by Linda Kozma-Spytek of Gallaudet University, in which she reported a significant improvement in intelligibility of wideband over narrowband speech for cochlear implant and hearing aid users. TR-41.3 voted to begin a project to revise ANSI/TIA-1083-A, Telecommunications Telephone Terminal Equipment Handset magnetic Measurement Procedures and Performance Requirements. The revision will include adding requirements for wideband and allowing for the use of real speech test signals.

TR-41.7 is working on a submission package for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) to consider TIA-1194, Telecommunications User Premises Equipment Surge Resistibility of Smart Grid Equipment Connected to either DC or 120/240 v single Phase AC and Metallic Communication Lines, for the SGIP Catalog of Standards.

The TR-41 Committee is formulating plans for standards they may develop in the coming years. The committee has discussed the fact that there is a significant increase in the number of Information Communication Technology (ICT) products being developed and sold that in addition to being used for telephony purposes, serve dual roles as multimedia devices. For this reason, the scope of this investigation includes all ICT products that may be used for communicating sound, images or video between end points.

The goal of the project is to gain insights and information into the current needs of the ICT industry for product performance standards that would be used by product developers, manufacturers and buyers of ICT products. To this end, TIA has developed an ICT survey. If you are interested, please take a moment to answer nine brief questions. Your input would be highly valued.

In the past few months, the committee also completed its work to develop the TIA-4953 Compliant Logo (“Mark”) for use in connection with corded and cordless wireline telephony equipment and other equipment that meet the requirements in the ANSI/TIA-4953 Standard for high-gain amplified telephones.

For several years, the amplified telephone industry has encountered confusion and complaints regarding amplified telephone products’ advertised claims for ‘gain’ and other acoustic performance parameters. In response to these issues, TIA's TR-41.3 committee developed ANSI/TIA-4953, Amplified Telephone Measurement Procedures and Performance Requirements, which was published in August 2012. The document includes requirements for the acoustic performance of a telephone to meet the needs of people with mild, moderate or severe hearing loss. Customers will be aided by having a uniform means to readily identify ANSI/TIA-4953-compliant products suitable for their hearing loss category.

The next TR-41 meeting will be held the week of August 15–23, 2013 via teleconference. After this meeting, a formal call for candidates will be issued for Chair and Vice-Chair positions. Elections for TR-41 and its subcommittees will be held at the November 2013 meeting.

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.

M2M Corner
TIA’s Smart Grid Engineering Committee Finalizes Standards Series —TIA’s engineering committee for smart grid technology, TR-51, Smart Utility Networks, has finalized a six-part standard for the deployment of a multi-hop Neighborhood Area Network. ANSI/TIA-4957 Series for the Smart Utility Network serves as a complete solution to the data transport problem of connecting an Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI) to the utility infrastructure. The committee is currently pursuing International Standards Organization adoption of the series.

Recent Appearances
TIA exhibited at the World Standards Day Hill event on June 7th – TIA participated with other SDOs at the WSD lunch event focused on the U.S. public-private standardization system as a critical tool for a strong economy and nation. The presenters addressed various issues related to Congress, such as incorporation by reference and how legislation on this can impact the implementation of regulation.

TIA members at HLAA annual conference – In support of TIA’s robust standards and policy programs supporting telecommunications accessibility issues, TIA had a booth at Hearing Loss Association of America's (HLAA) annual conference held June 27–29 in Portland, Ore. The conference was a success, with lots of traffic at the TIA booth to discuss the recent developments in cordless
phone technology improving services for the hearing impaired.

TIA Staff Tours New Equinix Data Center — In May, members of TIA’s Standards and Technology Department had the opportunity to tour Equinix’s newest data center in Ashburn, Va. Internet Business Exchange (IBX) and colocation provider Equinix had recently opened its eleventh data center on the Ashburn campus. The campus, which hosts Equinix’s first IBX facility, is now one of the largest Internet exchange points in the world, with more than 190 carriers maintaining cross connections between their various networks.

TIA AVP is Panelist at the Open Data Center Alliance’s 2nd Annual Conference — Supporting the adoption of cloud computing technologies, TIA was a sponsor of the Open Data Center Alliance’s (ODCA) 2nd annual conference, FORECAST 2013. The ODCA works to identify requirements for the corporate adoption and deployment of cloud computing. By collaborating with industry standards bodies, end users, service providers and equipment manufacturers, the ODCA fosters industry innovation and adoption by defining usage models to guide enterprises in the planning and purchasing of cloud computing. At the conference, TIA’s Associate Vice President of Technology and Standards, Herb Congdon, participated on a panel that discussed the increased adoption of private clouds among enterprises.

TIA VP is presenter at IEEE International Communications Conference — Cheryl Blum, Vice-President of Technology and Standards, presented at an IEEE International Communications Conference (ICC) in Budapest on June 9. The focus of the conference was “Bridging the Standardization Gap with Developing Countries.” Ms. Blum presented on TIA standards development and some considerations such as collaboration, adoption and re-use of existing standards, and education as means to help bridge the gap.

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