TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a standards developing organization (SDO). TIA's engineering committees create standards and technical documents based on guidelines established by the ANSI Essential Requirements.
While most of us rarely think about standards, they are essential to keep our daily lives running smoothly. Standards establish universal protocols that ensure the compatibility and interoperability of technology that is essential to daily life. Where components interact, there is a flow from one component to the other, perhaps information, electricity, water, fuel or something else altogether. To achieve functionalities, components must interact in pre-defined and known ways, even though they may be designed and developed at different times by different groups of people. Known interactions are achieved through the use of standards.
Standards make it possible to compare competing products, while ensuring quality. What’s more, they benefit public health, safety and the environment. When you think about all that standards do, they are indispensable for today’s society.
TIA operates nine engineering committees that develop guidelines for private radio equipment, cellular towers, VOIP equipment, structured cabling, satellites, telephone terminal equipment, accessibility, data centers, mobile device communications, vehicular telematics, smart device communications, and smart utility mesh networks. More than 1,000 individuals - representing network equipment manufacturers, service providers, government entities, and end users - currently serve on TIA's Engineering committees.
To ensure that these standards become globally established, TIA collaborates with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
The TR-8 Engineering Committee creates and maintains standards for private radio communications systems and equipment for voice and data applications.
Engineering Committee TR-14 is responsible for the ANSI/TIA-222 Standard, “Structural Standard for Antenna Supporting Structures, Antennas and Small Wind Turbine Support Structures” and the ANSI/TIA-322 Standard, “Loading, Analysis and Design Criteria Related to the Installation, Alteration and Maintenance of Communication Structures.”
The TR-34 Engineering Committee is responsible for standards and studies related to satellite communications systems, including both the space and earth segments.
The TR 41 Engineering Committee develops and maintains performance requirements for voice, video and other features associated with communications services.
The TR-42 Engineering Committee develops and maintains voluntary telecommunications standards for telecommunications cabling infrastructure in user-owned buildings, such as commercial buildings, residential buildings, homes, data centers and industrial buildings.
The TR-45 Engineering Committee develops performance, compatibility, interoperability and service standards for mobile and personal communications systems.
The TR-48 Engineering Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of voluntary standards relating to vehicular telematics equipment and services.
The TR-50 Engineering Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of access agnostic interface standards for the monitoring and bi-directional communication of events and information between machine-to-machine (M2M) systems and smart devices, applications or networks.