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Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Federation of members and partners, highlighting recent accomplishments and new resources related to standardization.

NIST to Hold Cybersecurity Information Forum September 9 to 11
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host the 2015 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum September 9 to 11, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

The meeting will bring together government, industry, and university representatives to discuss trends and challenges in many aspects of cybersecurity. The agenda includes four tracks: security automation, trusted computing, information sharing, and cybersecurity research. There will also be general sessions with topics including federal research and privacy, risk management, and liability.

Learn more in the NIST news item and click here to register.

NFPA Releases Fire Prevention Information for People Who Are Deaf
The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), an ANSI member and audited designator, has released a video in American Sign Language in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.

The video outlines the importance of having a working smoke alarm in each bedroom, outside of each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home (including the basement). It also provides information on devices that meet the needs of people who are deaf. These include smoke alarms with special strobe lights and pillow shakers for use while sleeping.

To view the video and learn more about smoke alarms for people who are deaf, see the NFPA news item.

RIA to Hold Free Webinar on Vision Guided Robotics
The Robotics Industry Association (RIA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has announced that it will hold a free webinar on the current state and future possibilities of vision guided robotics. Integrators and vision companies will weigh in on the increased use of vision in factories, including assembly, pick and place, classic material handling applications, and process automation.

The webinar will be held on September 10 from noon to 1pm EDT. Registration is required. Stakeholders can also view a recording of the presentation any time after September 10. See the RIA website to learn more and to register.

Committee A11 on Scaffolding Approved Accreditation as an ANSI ASD/ASC
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (ExSC) has approved the application for accreditation for a new Accredited Standards Committee A11 on Design, Manufacturing and Performance Testing related to Scaffolding, Shoring and Forming Products and Related Components and Accessories under its proposed operating procedures for documenting consensus on ASC A11-sponsored American National Standards, effective August 25, 2015. The Scaffold and Access Industry Association (SAIA), an ANSI organizational member, is appointed as Secretariat. For additional information, please contact DeAnna Martin of SAIA by phone at 816-595-4860 or by email at

ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel