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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Energy Efficiency for Wi-Fi Equipment to Videoconference Room Lighting


In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes 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. Two of the latest selections follow:

Energy Efficiency for Wi-Fi Equipment
Wireless access to the Internet can be found in countless homes, stores, schools, and offices across the country. The constant use of Wi-Fi brings with it high levels of energy use, leading to a need for energy efficient equipment. ANSI/SCTE 241 2017, Key Performance Metrics: Energy Efficiency & Functional Density of Wi-Fi Infrastructure Equipment, provides cable operators with a standard reference to evaluate how well Wi-Fi infrastructure equipment performs related to the minimum amount of power needed to work properly. The standard also provides the information needed to quantify the amount of useful work the equipment provides per physical space. This American National Standard (ANS) was developed by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE).

SCTE, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, provides technical leadership for the telecommunications industry with resources related to professional development, standards, certification, and information for cable professionals at every level.

Videoconference Room Lighting
As the number of telecommuting professionals rises, videoconferencing is becoming an increasingly common fixture in offices where participants in a meeting are not able to join in person. Having the appropriate lighting and camera setup can improve the quality of the video presentation exponentially, allowing participants to see and hear each other more clearly and communicate with greater ease.

An ANS developed by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA) guides professionals involved in the design, construction, assessment, and support of these videoconferencing environments. ANSI/IES/AVIXA RP-38-17, Recommended Practice for Lighting Performance for Small to Medium Sized Videoconferencing Rooms, provides lighting parameters and performance criteria for videoconferencing spaces with 3 to 25 seating locations, where there is one set of video displays and cameras oriented toward a group of seated participants. The standard establishes performance criteria for the design and testing of room lighting and finishes to assure appropriate picture quality.

IES, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is a technical and educational authority on illumination dedicated to communicating information on all aspects of good lighting practice to its members, the lighting community, and the public through programs, publications, and services.

AVIXA, an ANSI member, is an international trade association representing the audiovisual industry. The organization serves as a hub for professional collaboration, information, and community related to audiovisual standards, certification, training, market intelligence, and thought leadership.


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