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New York, Jun 05, 2007

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

QSU Article Highlights Value of Management Systems Certification
An article analyzing the value of third-party process was published in a recent edition of Quality Systems Update (QSU), a repository of critical business information relating to today's most sought after management system standards. Examining the differences between accredited certification and accredited certificates, the article explores the value that third-party certification of management system standards can bring to businesses and consumers alike.

Published in QSU Volume 17, Number 1, 2007, the article was authored by ANSI vice president of accreditation services Lane Hallenbeck, Robert H. King Jr., president and CEO of the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, Paul Borawski, executive director, the American Society for Quality, Connie Conboy, vice president quality and business excellence, Bayer Corporation, John Knappenberger, vice president of quality and materials, Dura Automotive Systems Inc., and Michael Carmody, Quality Society Australasia. A copy of the article can be found here.

ANSI-Administered Standards Panel Referenced in Texas Legislative Act
A new act passed by the Texas state legislature to address electronic medical records systems references the ANSI-administered Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP).

S.B. No. 204 calls for data standards specified under state law to be compatible with the immunization information transmission standards adopted by the HITSP. Operating under contract to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the HITSP is a multi-stakeholder group facilitating the development of interoperable healthcare data standards for the United States. The act was passed by the state Senate by a vote of thirty to none, and is effective immediately.

ITU Conference to Explore Innovations in Next Generation Networks; Paper Competition Announced
Looking five, ten or more years into the future, what will the ICT network look like? What services will be offered, and how will they affect people's lives? Innovations in Next Generation Networks (NGN) is the first in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences that aims at increasing the dialogue between academia and experts working on the standardization of information and communications technologies (ICT).

To be held May 12-13, 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, under the auspices of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the event will explore the notion of a “ubiquitous network society” in which information can be accessed anywhere and anytime by anyone and anything. The event will cover multidisciplinary aspects related to the deployment of NGN, including analysis of the regulatory and societal challenges that such deployment will bring.

Prospective authors are invited to submit original papers covering the social, economic and policy issues in ubiquitous societies; architecture evolution; next generation applications and services; as well as other relevant topics. Awards will be granted to selected best papers, as judged by the organizing and program committee. Papers must be submitted by October 15, 2007. Additional info, including submissions guidelines, can be found at the event website.

ANSI Members Collaborate to Publish Indoor Air Quality Guide
Six organizations related to the built environment are partnering to provide indoor air quality design guidance for the building industry. ANSI accredited standards developers the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) will join the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in developing the Advanced Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Design Guide for Non-Residential Buildings. The book will assist building professionals in implementing high-performance designs that improve indoor air quality in a broad range of building types.

In addition to the design guide, a professional development course will describe an integrated process for achieving improved IAQ in all elements of a building. The initiative is funded by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to ASHRAE. For further details, please click here.

Intelligent Transport System Standards Take Driver’s Seat at ISO TC Meeting
Standards to support Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) were the focus of the recent International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 204 meeting in Lexington, Kentucky. The weeklong series of meetings highlighted the potential of ITS technologies to reduce traffic congestion and environmental impact while making transport safer, more efficient and economical.

Led by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the ANSI member organization that serves as the U.S. Technical Advisory Group Administrator and International Secretariat to ISO/TC 204, the meeting drew more than one hundred twenty participants from over twenty countries. In particular, the meeting focused on emerging ITS standards in such fields as vehicle/roadway warning and control systems, public and emergency transport, traveler information systems, as well as short range and wide area communications. For more information, please click here.

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