Latest standard developments on tap for cabling conference

Sept. 12, 2003

The latest standard developments within the Telecommunications Industry Association's TR-42 Committee will be the subject of the opening presentation when the Cabling Systems Conference commences Monday, September 22. Bob Jensen of Fluke Networks (, who chairs the TR-42 Committee, will make the presentation.

Among the topics he will cover are TR-42 Subcommittee efforts at standards addressing data-center infrastructure, industrial cabling systems, and wireless networks. Regarding "wiring for wireless," the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has drafted such a standard, and that draft currently is under review. The TR-42 Committee has form a study group to examine the topic. That group is reviewing the ISO draft standard and contemplating how the TIA will move forward on the issue.

This is perhaps a busier time than ever in the standards arena. Currently the TIA is working on numerous telecommunications systems bulletins (TSBs) on topics including data terminal equipment powering (Power over Ethernet), telecommunications enclosures ("tiny TRs" as they have been called ), and static discharge.

While the high-profile Category 6 specifications have been official for more than a year, activity certainly has not slowed down within TR-42. Attendees at the Cabling Systems Conference will get a full hour of non-stop standards updates on September 22.

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