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Did You Know?

New York, Dec 28, 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.

Can You Hear Me Now? TIA White Paper Helps Cell Phone Users Expect a Smooth Transition between ESN and MEID
An electronic serial number (ESN) is the unique identification number embedded or inscribed on the microchip in a wireless phone by the manufacturer. Each time a call is placed, the ESN is automatically transmitted to the base station so the wireless carrier's mobile switching office can check the call's validity.

With a 32-bit numbering structure, ESNs are a limited resource and are expected to reach an exhaust point as early as January or February of 2008. As the coordinator of the ESN function, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has authored a white paper that discusses the industry-wide migration from ESN to a Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID) numbering structure.

Written to further the general understanding of ESN exhaust, the paper puts forth specific recommendations for service providers to ensure a smooth transition to MEID. In addition, TIA has prepared an FAQ document for the transition, as well as a listing of significant milestones in the development process.

For more information about the migration, visit TIA’s website.

ASABE Submits U.S. TAG Accreditation Application for New ISO Activity on Solid Biofuels
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has submitted an application for accreditation for a proposed U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to a new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) activity on Solid Biofuels. ASABE has also requested approval as TAG Administrator.

As Solid Biofuels is a newly approved activity, a Technical Committee or Project Committee number has yet to be assigned.

The proposed TAG will operate using the Model Operating Procedures for U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ANSI for ISO Activities as contained in Annex A of the ANSI International Procedures.

Please send comments, requests for information, or expressions of interest in participating in the U.S. TAG to: Mr. Scott Cedarquist, director of standards and technical activities, ASABE (269.428.6331;

Comments on the ASABE application should be submitted by January 27, 2008, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298;

InfoComm International Seeks Accreditation as a Developer of American National Standards
InfoComm International, an ANSI organizational member since April 2007, has submitted an application for accreditation as a developer of American National Standards.

InfoComm intends to develop performance-based standards for various aspects of audiovisual systems, including control systems and user interfaces. InfoComm’s proposed operating procedures are available online during the thirty day public review period.

To offer comments, please contact: Joseph Bocchiaro III, Ph.D., CTS-D, CTS-I, InfoComm International (716.648.1520; Comments on the proposal should be submitted by January 28, 2008, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298;

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