EvolvingTechnologyA quick visit to the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group homepage gives a good indication of just how busy the standards bodies have been. There are 16 active projects covering new applications and, more importantly to those designing cabling infrastructure for data centers and intelligent buildings, these projects cover six application speeds:  2.5G, 5G, 25G/40G over twisted pair copper, and 40G, 100G and 400G over fiber. While the majority of these new applications are being developed to address the never ending need for bandwidth, there are also lower-speed applications in the works for enterprise IT managers trying to get more value out of their installed copper network to support the next generation of Wi-Fi access points.

Surprisingly, this only covers Ethernet. New standards are also in development for Fibre Channel, Wi-Fi and others. They also include specific cabling standards that support these new applications.

So, do you want to know how to keep track of these new developments in the standards groups? CommScope is now in its second year of publishing the Standards Advisor, a quarterly update on the pertinent standards activities to ensure our customers can keep up with the latest standards developments. The latest edition covers the fourth quarter standards activities in 2014 for the relevant applications standards in IEEE (Ethernet and Wireless LAN) and ANSI T.11 (Fibre Channel), as well as the cabling standards in ISO/IEC  (global), TIA (North America) and CENELEC (Europe). In this edition of the Standards Advisor, we also include standards around the LED lighting industry, which is increasingly making use of low-voltage, twisted pair cabling as an efficient way to power and manage these energy efficient lights.

Be sure to download the latest edition of the Standards Advisor to find information to help keep pace with evolving technology requiring strategic investment. If you have questions about the Standards Advisor or latest standards activities, leave a comment below and I will be sure to respond.

About the Author

Dave Tanis

David Tanis is the Director of Strategic Enterprise Marketing at CommScope. Dave joined the team in April, 2005 and has overall responsibility for driving solutions and product marketing for enterprise customers throughout North America. Dave has over 20 years experience in the telecommunications industry. He joined AT&T Network Systems in 1984 as Product Engineer and held a number of positions in their manufacturing facility in North Andover, MA, USA. He joined Lucent Technologies in 1996 and assumed the role of EMEA Technical Manager for Optical Fiber and Cable in 1998. With the acquisition of the Lucent Optical Fiber and Cable business by Furukawa and CommScope in 2001, Dave assumed the role of EMEA Technical Director, OFS. Dave continued in this role for OFS until April 2005, when he joined SYSTIMAX Solutions as EMEA Technical Director. Dave has published several papers in various industry trade journals and is a regular presenter at industry conferences. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont and a Masters in Business Administration from Boston University in the USA.

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