Technology standards ensure that products and services perform as intended. They also foster interoperability, create uniform design, installation and testing methods, protect users and their environment and improve the quality of life of countless communities and individuals worldwide.
IEEE-SA is a central source of standards in traditional and emerging technologies, particularly in telecommunications, information technology and power generation.
IEEE 802: Everyday Innovation
Your computer, your smart phone, your e-book reader, your gaming system, and maybe your car are just a few of the things containing interfaces compliant with the suite of network interoperability standards developed by the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee (LMSC).
“From the local coffee shop to the International Space Station, the standards produced by the IEEE 802 committee dramatically influence our everyday lives and will continue to do so,” said Paul Nikolich, Chairman of IEEE 802. “Many things we fundamentally rely upon – email, for example – would not be as broadly available or as dependable without the IEEE 802 Network Standards.”
“The work done by IEEE 802 represents one of those great evolutionary leaps that we rely upon without recognizing the truly significant and meaningful impact it has on our daily lives,” said Patricia Thaler, Vice-Chair, IEEE 802. “For example, it is estimated that greater than 98% of all Internet traffic crosses one or more IEEE 802 networks during its transmission. Without IEEE 802 standards to build upon computer-to-computer connections, simple email, Internet access, World Wide Web, and mobile broadband would not have been possible to the extent we see today. IEEE 802 standards are undeniably an essential foundation of today’s networked world.”
But Where Are They Used?
- IEEE 802.15.1™, adapted from portions of the Bluetooth™ wireless specifications, is for wireless PANs in notebook computers, PDAs, cell phones and other portable handheld devices
- IEEE 1725™ standard, for rechargeable batteries for cellular telephones, addresses the quality and reliability of rechargeable lithium ion and lithium ion polymer batteries for cellular telephone applications
- IEEE 1394™ standard, commonly called Firewire®, targets the serial buses that connect computer systems and peripherals