Category: Standards

Industrial focus: Deploying fiber-optic physical infrastructure within CPwE architectures

A recent technical application guide composed by Cisco, Panduit and Rockwell Automation describes how “Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) is the underlying architecture that provides standard network services for control and information disciplines, devices, and equipment found in modern industrial automation and control system (IACS) applications.”

2020 National Electrical Code® and data/comm cables

The National Electrical Code® (NEC®) is published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) with the revisions on a three-year schedule. The 2020 NEC, which replaces the 2017 NEC, was issued by the NFPA in August, 2019. This article provides the reader with a guide to the key changes in the 2020 National Electrical Code that are of interest to manufacturers, installers, distributors and users of data/comm cables.

Telecom Industry Must Develop Trustworthy 5G Equipment Supply Chains

As we build out 5G infrastructure and applications, with more connected devices and data than ever before, we must all do everything we can to build and operate trusted, reliable networks that minimize our exposure to cyberattacks and espionage. The question, as ever, is how. TIA CEO Dave Stehlin calls for the use of industry-driven standards and programs to protect the security of the supply chain.

NEMA standard specifies for coexistence of connected vehicle roadside infrastructure

A new National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard will harmonize and could accelerate deployment of connected vehicle roadside infrastructure technology. NEMA TS 10 Connected Vehicle Infrastructure-Roadside Equipment is  a harmonized technical specification for roadside connected vehicle devices. Types of roadside devices covered under the standard are traffic signals, crosswalk signs, flashing school zone safety beacons, ramp meters, and other electronic traffic control equipment.

Learn more about ANSI/BICSI 004-2018 for Healthcare Institutions and Facilities

While smart hospitals, the fusion intelligent building, IoT, and big data are still few and far between, today’s health care facility is increasingly digitized, from health records, diagnostic and monitoring equipment, environmental controls far beyond the thermostat – even the routing office visit may be a remote interaction spanning thousands of miles. As more systems connect to the network, ICT infrastructure is required to meet both today’s needs and those of tomorrow with minimal to no effect on the overall health care mission.To address this need, ANSI/BICSI 004-2018 has been revised and expanded.

TIA’s cabling-standards development committee keeping busy

TIA’s TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Engineering Committee is in the midst of a busy year, with multiple standard-development projects completed and several others underway. Meanwhile, the TIA also is at work launching a different standards-development committee that also will concern itself with information communications technology (ICT) systems, not limited to cabling infrastructure. This article will recap some of the goings-on within TR-42 and provide information on the formation of TR-60.