The Telecommunications Industry Association’s (TIA) TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Engineering Committee is perpetually developing and refining standards documents to guide the specification, design, installation and administration of cabling and related communications systems. TR-42’s most recent meeting took place June 9-13. Based on subcommittee-meeting minutes and other reports, here is a rundown of some of the current and recent activity from TR-42.
The TIA has introduced a certification program to ensure that data center facilities conform with the specifications in its ANSI/TIA-942 standard series. TIA will work with Certac to provide verifications of conformance to standards by independent conformity assessment bodies (CABs) that can verify data center conformity with the standards.
TIA’s ANSI/TIA 5017 standard, which specifies requirements for analyzing security levels and develops an individualized security framework for telecommunications infrastructures is now officially under consideration to become an international standard. ANSI/TIA-5017 was created based on U.S. federal government requests to improve the security of commercial buildings and reduce the possibility of disruptions to telecommunications infrastructure.
The TIA TR-42.1 engineering committee on premises telecommunications infrastructure has issued a call for interest to updates the document that provides guidance on cabling for wireless access points. TSB-162-B, Telecommunications Cabling Guidelines for Wireless Access Points, will describe the cabling between LAN equipment and wireless access points including pathways and spaces to support the cabling and wireless access points.
The TIA has published the ANSI/TIA-569-E standard, Telecommunications Pathways and Spaces. The “E” revision supersedes the 569-D standard, which was published in 2015. ANSI/TIA-569-E was developed by the TIA’s TR-42.3 Subcommittee. Major changes from the previous edition include updated references; incorporation of revised temperature and humidity requirements originally published in ANSI/TIA-569-D-1; and incorporation of additional pathway and space considerations for supporting remote powering over twisted-pair cabling originally published in ANSI/TIA-569-D-2.
TIA and UL are working together through TIA’s Smart Buildings Program, to accelerate the development of common framework for smart buildings. The two organizations are collaborating on an online aggregation portal designed to educate and inform stakeholders on the multiple aspects and solutions available for the smart buildings market. The two organizations signed an agreement to share commercial, technical, and standardization insights to further their work in the smart buildings ecosystem. TIA and UL will additionally focus on benchmarking, measurements, assessments, certification, and registration in the areas of connectivity, interoperability, safety, security – both cyber and physical, resiliency and sustainability for buildings.