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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Alarm Verification and Notification to Traction Tests for Athletic Shoes


New York, Jan 20, 2005

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. The latest two selections follow:

Alarm Verification and
Notification Procedures

These days most offices and homes have at least one alarm system whether it monitors for fire, carbon monoxide or burglars. The biggest nightmare a person could experience would be to require emergency services and find out when it is too late that the resources needed were elsewhere responding to a false alarm. Such events are commonplace and they not only waste limited resources but also add to the costs of emergency services overall.

The Central Station Alarm Association (CSSA), an ANSI member, has issued a new standard, ANSI/CSSA CS-V-01-2004, Alarm Verification and Notification Procedures that will help increase efficiencies by reducing costs and eliminating wasteful efforts associated with potential false alarms. The standard is to be used by alarm monitoring facilities and by state and local units of government in their development of consistent administration criteria for alarms. Verification of an alarm signal by a monitoring central station could reduce the number of false dispatches significantly; CSSA CS-V-01-2004 defines multiple call verification, cross zoning, biometric, audio and video. For additional information on this standard, please visit: http://www.csaaul.org.

Traction Characteristics of Athletic Shoe-Sports Surface Interface Test
Whether you enjoy football, soccer, baseball, basketball or running, the traction between your athletic shoe and the sports surface you are on plays a key factor in both your performance and safety. Although there are different types of footwear for different sports most tend to be either smooth-soled or studded. The interaction between a smooth-soled athletic shoe and a sports surface is referred to as friction whereas the interaction of a shoe with studs, cleats or spikes, and a sports surface is called traction. Better traction between athletic shoes and sports surfaces can help reduce the number of knee and ankle injuries an athlete suffers.

ANSI member, ASTM International (ASTM) recently introduced a new standard, ASTM F2333-04, Standard Test method for Traction Characteristics of the Athletic Shoe-Sports Surface Interface. The scope of this test method includes: the specifications for the performance of sports shoe-surface traction measuring devices, but does not require a specific device or mechanism to be used; measuring the affects of athletic shoe outsole design and materials on traction at the shoe-surface interface; test procedures that are appropriate for both field and laboratory testing, etc. To access the full scope of this standard, please visit www.nssn.org or www.astm.org.


This "standards snapshot" was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developing organizations to keep the ANSI Federation abreast of their achievements. As the Institute receives news of published voluntary standards and voluntary standards initiatives with broad appeal and impact, similar articles will be posted to the ANSI Online News page. Please continue to forward your updates to the Communications and Public Relations department at (f) 212.398.0023 or (e) pr@ansi.org. For additional information on the wide array of standards applications, see the Media Tips and Case Studies section of the Institute's website.

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