TIA Will Host Second International M2M
Standardization Meeting Sept. 20-21 in
Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) M2M
Standardization Task Force (MSTF) will hold its meeting at
the Georgia Tech Research Institute with a special emphasis
on vertical markets
Following the success and interest generated by the first Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) M2M Standardization Task Force (MSTF) that took take place in Dallas in May during TIA 2011: Inside the Network, TIA announced today that it will host a second meeting of the GSC MSTF in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) on September 20-21, 2011.
“It is clear from the attendance at the M2M sessions at TIA 2011, our annual member meeting and industry event, that machine-to-machine communications is receiving unprecedented attention throughout the telecommunications industry,” said TIA President Grant Seiffert. “We recognized this trend early on with the creation of our TIA TR-50 Engineering Committee on Smart Device Communications. The active and strong participation at the first GSC MSTF meeting from all regions of the world confirms the growing importance of machine-oriented communications in the telecommunications landscape. It also validates our standards developing efforts in new and emerging technologies, and our ongoing focus on the latest industry developments for the benefit of our members.”
Unlike the first meeting, which was exclusively reserved for representatives from standardization groups and forums, the Atlanta MSTF meeting is open to a broader audience interested in learning about worldwide M2M standardization across a variety of markets and contributing to the standards’ definition and requirements.
“Our first meeting drew substantial support from the major standards developing organizations from around the world,” said Dr. Jeffrey O. Smith, Chief Technology Officer of Numerex (www.numerex.com), Chair of TIA TR-50 and Convener of the MSTF. “The Atlanta meeting will highlight organizations that focus on M2M standardization activities related to specific vertical markets like healthcare, transportation, energy, etc. We have an impressive lineup of speakers from market leading companies and other forums. Our work will complete what we started in Dallas in May and will serve as the foundation of our recommendations to GSC-16, which will be hosted by the ICT Standards Advisory Council of Canada (ISACC) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the week beginning October 31, 2011.”
The Atlanta GSC MSTF meeting is broken down in two parts. The first day will take the form of a conference at the GTRI auditorium where experts from a wide range of industries will present their views on the impact of M2M standards on their vertical markets. The second day will feature a roundtable at the Georgia Tech Technology Square Research building focused on summarizing the findings of the Dallas and Atlanta meetings, and drafting suggestions and recommendations regarding the direction of global M2M standardization.
“The Georgia Tech Research Institute (www.gtri.gatech.edu) is pleased to be associated with this critical meeting related to M2M standardization,” said Retired Rear Admiral James M. McGarrah, Director of GTRI’s Information and Communications Laboratory (ICL). “Our applied research in information and communications as well as security and sensors are examples of real-world solution-driven work performed at GTRI that fit well within the GSC MSTF’s scope.”
For more information about MSTF go to www.tiaonline.org/standards/mstf/index.cfm. Interested participants should contact Alain Louchez, GSC MSTF coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the free conference.
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