Workshop Series at Prairie View A&M University Highlights Standards

don-fedyk-hpAs part of a workshop series at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, entitled “What are Standards?” Professor Sarhan Musa  focused the attention of his engineering technology students toward the application and value of technical standards, especially IEEE 515™ and IEEE 802.1aq™. The efforts of Prof. Musa, an IEEE senior member, were aided by the use of IEEE Standards Education materials found online, now incorporated as part of the new IEEE Standards University.

Don Fedyk of HP, an IEEE 802.1™ expert, attended the workshop to speak about his extensive experience with standards development and networking technologies. Students had the opportunity to give presentations on IEEE 802.1aq case study findings in front of Mr. Fedyk, who in turn shared related insights directly with the students.

Read the article by Christopher Sanderson of the IEEE Houston Section, which discusses the event and shares some of the students’ presentations.

IEEE Standards Education is committed to disseminating learning materials on the application of standards in educational programs, and to actively promoting the integration of standards into academic programs.

For more information about IEEE Standards Education, visit IEEE Standards University. Please contact Susan Tatiner (s.tatiner@ieee.org) to discuss related opportunities.

Special thanks to all involved for their support of IEEE Standards Education.

IEEE Engagement in Africa Leads to Agreements with Ghana and Zambia

global handshakeAs part of its ongoing global engagement activities, IEEE has been increasing its relationships on the African continent and proactively engaging national standards organizations in order to explore potential cooperation opportunities. As a result, the national standards bodies of Ghana and Zambia have each signed agreements that allow both the Ghana Standards Authority and the Zambia Bureau of Standards to adopt approved IEEE standards in their respective countries.

“What we are finding in Africa is a strong interest to adopt globally recognized standards and a recognition that the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) offers an extensive portfolio of standards that can be readily adopted to address local standardization needs,” said Moira Patterson, Global Affairs Program Director, IEEE-SA. “IEEE has long been committed to developing standards based on a globally open process, and by working closely with national standards organizations to facilitate the adoption of standards, IEEE-SA is promoting the extension of their global use and reach and encouraging more participation from the stakeholders in further development and revisions.”

The agreements with Ghana and Zambia provide a framework for the Ghana Standards Authority and the Zambia Bureau of Standards to adopt approved IEEE standards as their own national standards.

Learn more about Global Engagement activities

Congratulations Wi-Trek Contest Winners!

wi-trekIn celebration of the 25th Anniversary of IEEE 802.11®, gamers tried their luck at Wi-Trek, where the player had to catch Wi-Fi® signals with a mobile device.

Congratulations to our two random winners:  Cyril G. from Santa Clara, CA and Chester M. from Robertsdale, AL.  The two winners were chosen randomly from a pool of over 340 entries.

Cyril G added, “I am a Wireless guy with 15+ years’ experience in wireless circuits/systems covering Aerospace, Consumer, and Industrial sectors and multiple technologies – GSM, DECT, WDCT, BT, GNSS and 802.11a/b/g/n/ac.  But, no other technology has had such profound impact as Wi-Fi….with speeds exceeding 1Gbps, MU-MIMO and such……it’s the future and it’s here to stay. It has improved our productivity greatly.”

Once again, congratulations Cyril and Chester!

The contest may be over, but you can still play Wi-Trek at transmitter.ieee.org/wi-trek.

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and Korea Smart Grid Association (KSGA) Sign MoU

Agreement Provides a Framework to Foster Closer Cooperation

By Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director, IEEE Standards Association 

Canadian business executive and author Don Tapscott has been quoted as saying that “collaboration is important not just because it’s a better way to learn. The spirit of collaboration is penetrating every institution and all of our lives. So learning to collaborate is part of equipping yourself for effectiveness, problem solving, innovation and life-long learning in an ever-changing networked economy.”

With those sentiments in mind, I recently had the opportunity to participate as the IEEE signee of an MoU with the Korea Smart Grid Association (KSGA), where both parties formalized an agreement that’s based upon building greater cooperation, and with the common objective to perform and promote, directly or indirectly, regional and global standardization. This came about because both parties recognized that IEEE and KSGA have a reciprocal interest in gaining knowledge about the activities of the other organization, so that they might identify items of common interest and facilitate greater cooperation on standards development and implementation.

This agreement marks a significant step that encourages more regular communication between the two organizations, with each appointing a liaison for regular exchange. With greater visibility and shared knowledge of the standards development activities of each organization, there is also the added opportunity to facilitate liaisons between each other’s technical groups, and to pursue other cooperative arrangements that might arise.

A key element in the agreement also involves the works of The IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) – an initiative of the IEEE-SA.  Established to provide programs and industry support that help bridge standards development activities with conformity assessment activities, and that accelerate market acceptance and enable new products and technologies, KSGA can now actively engage in shared projects with ICAP, drawing upon its foundation of industry best practices, internationally accepted quality systems and the use of proven test tools.

Korea is at the forefront of Smart Grid initiatives and already KSGA is heavily involved in the private sectors of various industries with projects related to advancing Smart Grid technology. In signing this MOU with IEEE, it can further its goal to establish national-level smart grids and take a lead in working towards international standardization, thereby boosting the quality of life for all residents, as well as enhancing its own national competitiveness. IEEE looks forward to a continuing collaborative relationship that provides mutual benefit to each organization, with a shared goal to put in place standardized technologies that will improve the daily lives of people throughout the world.

IEEE-SA and ARIB Hold ICT Standards Workshop

As a continuous effort to bring awareness of IEEE’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) standards activities to global stakeholders, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) partnered with the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB), a Japanese standards development organization, to hold an ICT Standards Workshop in Tokyo, Japan, 31 August.

The sessions focused on the future impact of the ICT industry and market opportunities generated by each project. John Kulick, IEEE-SA Standards Board Chair, gave an introduction about IEEE-SA and the benefits of developing standards within the IEEE framework.  Additionally, IEEE 802.1™ Chair Glenn Parsons introduced selected projects in 802.1™ and 802.3™, and 802.11™.  First Vice Chair, Jon Rosdahl, introduced 802® wireless projects. Bruce Kraemer, IEEE-SA President, presented information on the IEEE Communications Society, IoT and Transportation.

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Where Worldwide Collaboration for IoT Innovation Is Happening

iot_graphicBy Oleg Logvinov, chair of the IEEE P2413™ Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group, chair of the IEEE Internet Initiative, chair of the industry engagement track for the IEEE IoT Initiative and director, special assignments, for STMicroelectronics’ Industrial and Power Conversion Division

There are many reasons that the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) is ideally suited for its role as a prime collaborative environment for the worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) movement.

For one, IEEE expertise spans the established and emerging technology areas that enable the IoT, as well as its established presence in those vertical industries that are most impacted by the IoT. In addition, IEEE has a rich history of openly inviting stakeholders of any technology area, geographic market or size to participate in global collaboration in historic-scale innovation.

This sort of experience is especially relevant with regard to the IoT. Because while the IoT looms as a multi-trillion-dollar market opportunity, it is not necessarily just the world’s largest companies or industrial leaders from the world’s largest national economies that will make the important foundational decisions about its future. IoT innovation is being heavily driven, as well, by the startup world—by pioneering individuals and companies who are uncovering new business models and go-to-market approaches that embrace the visionary nature of the IoT. And this dynamic certainly has been recognized by IEEE.

Everyone’s Invited

The IoT is multifaceted and forces us to expand our horizons and venture into unfamiliar territories in search of answers. In some respects, this makes it similar to other areas of innovation in which IEEE has helped facilitate important collaboration. Take the Internet, for example.

Thousands and thousands of individuals—from startups and well-established companies alike—have contributed in the open development of IEEE standards for the Internet, through a proven process that is rooted in consensus, due process, openness, right of appeal and balance and noted for its rigor. Technical experts from across varied technology domains and industry sectors have worked through IEEE to extend Internet interoperability, fuel innovation and hone solutions that support an open Internet. Small and large players—oftentimes, competitors with one another—have worked side by side to help drive the development and ongoing refinement of such foundational Internet standards as IEEE 802.3™ (Ethernet) and IEEE 802.11® (“Wi-Fi®”).

One of the ways that the IEEE-SA is facilitating global collaboration in this early stage of IoT development is by convening open events that highlight IoT and especially the role standards play in its development. The IEEE-SA has hosted a number of events—in Grenoble, Las Vegas, New York, San Jose and Tel Aviv—that have specifically targeted nascent IoT companies and organizations. Startup sessions are planned also for the 14-16 December 2015 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things in Milan.

In various ways, these events aim to serve as a catalyst for the continued expansion and growth of the IoT ecosystem—by allowing startup companies to introduce themselves to potential partners and investors, for example. Events such as these are critically important in the development of the global IoT movement. Startups are leading so much of the growing momentum sweeping across the IoT landscape, and, through the IEEE-SA, startups and large, long-established companies like my own employer, STMicroelectronics, together tap into not only broad technology resources but also proven consensus-building capabilities.

Open Standardization

Another way that IEEE is involved in facilitating global IoT collaboration is in standards development. Open standards are integral to the IoT’s growth. Standards are the building blocks that form the IoT’s foundation and ensure interoperability. Inventing intelligent systems and devices will ultimately be of far less benefit if they are not able to interoperate or communicate with one another.

With the IoT’s multifaceted nature allowing it to cross over many disciplines and vertical markets, laying a path to true convergence and interoperability must be a top priority. Globally scoped and widely agreed-upon standards, in turn, are no less than crucial for the development, adoption and expansion of the IoT. The globally open-development effort to produce IEEE P2413™, Draft IEEE Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things (IoT), is predicated on this thinking.

The IEEE-SA began convening cross-discipline workshops and roundtables among global IoT leaders years ago, and those conversations have led to a number of important activities both across and beyond IEEE. One is development of IEEE P2413, which is being created to define an architectural framework to promote cross-domain interaction, aid system interoperability and functional compatibility and fuel the growth of the IoT market. When completed, the standard is intended to provide a blueprint for the quality “quadruple” trust—protection, security, privacy and safety—and propose a reference model defining relationships among various IoT verticals (e.g., transportation, healthcare, etc.) and their common architecture elements. IEEE P2413 also is intended to identify planned or ongoing projects with a similar or overlapping scope.

The IEEE-SA’s portfolio of more than 1,100 active standards and over 500 standards in development include many that are directly related to the IoT. Additional standards development will be necessary, as well, in areas such as architecture, big data, cloud computing, communications, distributed intelligence, privacy and security of data and the smart grid. The IEEE-SA provides a proven democratic platform for the globally open development of the standards that the IoT will demand around the world.

Crossing Traditional Boundaries

The IEEE IoT Initiative and IEEE Internet Initiative are among the other examples of important activities that grew out of the cross-discipline workshops and roundtables that the IEEE-SA convened among global IoT leaders.

The mission of the IEEE IoT Initiative is to serve as the gathering place for the global technical community working on IoT and provide a platform where IoT professionals learn, share knowledge and collaborate on this sweeping convergence of technologies, markets, applications and the Internet. IEEE IoT is one of several important multi-disciplinary, cross-platform IEEE initiatives serving as a home for engineering and technology professionals in industry, academia and government.

The IEEE Internet Initiative is another. Along with technical promise and challenges, the IoT is also bringing to the fore important questions around technology policy. The IEEE Internet Initiative exists to connect the voice of the technical community to global policymaking for Internet governance, cybersecurity and privacy, to help inform those debates and decisions and to help ensure trustworthy technology solutions and best practices.

In addition, the IEEE-SA engages and collaborates with other global standards bodies—such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU)—in order to maximize the effectiveness and visibility of international standards within IEEE and the global community. Furthermore, the IEEE-SA has developed key relationships with organizations within context of the IoT specifically.

For example, IEEE P2413 Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group collaborates with a number of industry groups, including the Industrial Internet Consortium, an open membership organization formed to accelerate the development, adoption and widespread use of interconnected machines and devices, intelligent analytics and people at work. Under terms of a liaison agreement, the consortium and the IEEE-SA are sharing their stakeholders’ expertise on requirements for the industrial IoT and exploring gaps in interoperability standards.

Such instances demonstrate how the IEEE-SA is purposefully not acting as an island in IoT innovation. The IEEE-SA seeks in the IoT to serve as a strong organizing force for worldwide collaboration—to provide a unified, globally open platform for the benefit of not only humanity, but also industry.

Conclusion

By strategically looking at the global plane of IoT opportunities for several years, IEEE today offers the full package of activities through which global stakeholders are gaining a better understanding and developing the IoT.

IEEE technologists are dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity, and they span all of the technology areas that touch the IoT. IEEE has communities of thousands of engineers, scientists, industry leaders and others across an unmatched array of technology areas, industry domains and geographic markets.

The IEEE-SA offers a range of market-driven standards and globally open events, standards development projects and activities within globally open processes that are proven for fostering collaboration across the world’s brightest minds. Rather than focusing on a specific component of the IoT or a segment of needs, IEEE is working to operate as a true industry partner in IoT innovation—with a variety of opportunities for accessing global collaboration in the field, for stakeholders of any technology area, geographic market or size.

The Mission-Critical Operation of Sending Halloween Pics to Grandma

bstl-virtualizationHalloween kicks off a time of heightened multimedia sharing, as families and groups of friends eagerly send images and videos of the day’s activities via social media directly to loved ones.

These days we take for granted all of the underlying systems that make this multimedia frenzy possible, but it’s fascinating to recognize not only how far we’ve come with infrastructure, but the extent to which IEEE standards are at work within the mix of technologies.

When computers first emerged, engineers expected glitches. Downtime was commonplace and every incident could be viewed as a moment of enlightenment. After all, we weren’t yet reliant on them for our livelihoods. Over the years our ability to cope with downtime has diminished. More is at stake. Standards hold the promise of fluid operations.

For example, IEEE 1363™-2000 addresses public key cryptography for heightened security. And a standard that certainly can come into play during peak holiday activity in the future is IEEE 2200™-2012, a standard for Stream Management in Media Client Devices. Users should also know that IEEE 1903™-2011 helps to enable and maintain traffic flows in local area networks based on the needs of consumers.

Ultimately, IEEE’s virtualization standards affect everything from email to Netflix to national defense. Thankfully, this makes Halloween a lot less scary.

Have you had “scary” experiences when it comes to network reliability? Let us know your thoughts and why you think IEEE standards play a critical role enabling communication technologies that affect consumers.

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