TIA Standards DevelopmentNew STAR Report ReleasedIn today's economy it is especially critical that company executives continue to receive value from TIA's standards program. We are a driving force behind compatibility and interoperability across the global network.
Thousands of communications leaders work through our standards program to enhance the business environment for telecommunications, broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite, unified communications, emergency communications, vehicular telematics and healthcare ICT.On the surface, many people see TIA's standards work as "all about the technical details," but our work is far-reaching. We enable first responders to communicate in times of crisis; we enable persons with disabilities to have access to communications products and services; and we will enable the "smart car" of the future to monitor and assess road and traffic conditions to get us to our destinations safely.
TIA's Board of Directors considers our standards work to be of primary importance, and we will continue to ensure that these efforts remain timely, relevant and forward-looking. On a global level, our work is important to individual companies, to the overall industry and to the consumer.
TIA's standards program is world-class in every respect. It is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI); the standards developing process is completely transparent; and any interested party is encouraged to participate.
More than 1,100 subject-matter experts and other industry leaders participate in TIA's 70+ engineering committees, subcommittees, working groups and Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) and the Third Generation Partnership Project 2(3GPP2). Their collaborative efforts have produced more than 3,500 standards documents. These invaluable reference tools are used by industry and government entities across the globe to help develop numerous products and services.
All of this would not happen without the hard work and long hours put in by our volunteers and the backing of the companies and organizations that allow them to participate. TIA and its Board of Directors applaud these efforts and we thank each and every one of you for supporting our standards program.
—Shawn Osborne and Grant Seiffert
Read the 2008-2009 STAR Report for more details.