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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Next Generation Networks to Waste Compactors


New York, Feb 20, 2014

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:

Next Generation Networks
Alexander Graham Bell’s 1876 invention of the telephone established the foundations of information and communication technology (ICT). The latest advancement in ICT is next generation networks (NGN) where all forms of telecommunication services converge, including voice, video, data, and emergency communications.

To determine priority for ICT transmissions, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) recently published ATIS-0100022.2008(R2013), Priority Classification Levels for Next Generation Networks. This American National Standard (ANS) formalizes admission control classification levels for telecommunications services seeking entry into NGN and service restoration classification levels for traffic in NGN. Definitions for high priority, normal priority, and best effort priority levels are provided for both admission control and service restoration. The highest priority classifications are reserved for emergency telecommunications services.

ATIS, an ANSI-accredited standards developer and organizational member, works to develop ANS, specifications, guidelines, requirements, technical reports, industry processes, and verification tests that support industry-wide interoperability and reliability of telecommunications networks, equipment, and software. ATIS’s work underpins the nation’s emergency communications system, improves data access, bolsters health care delivery, and supports the availability of interactive sources of entertainment.

Waste Compactors
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States generates approximately 230 million tons of trash annually – that’s about 4.6 pounds per person per day. Compactors are often used by restaurants, hotels, businesses, warehouses, and the waste and recycling industry to facilitate corralling and handling waste and recycling materials for transportation to processing stations.

ANSI Z245.21-2013, Equipment Technology and Operations for Wastes and Recyclable Materials - Stationary Compactors - Safety Requirements for Installation, Maintenance and Operation, a recently revised ANS from the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), provides requirements to minimize the risk of fire, electrical shock, and injury to persons during operation and maintenance of stationary compacting equipment for use with wastes and recyclable materials by commercial businesses, apartment buildings, industrial plants, waste processing facilities, waste disposal and transfer industries, and recycling facilities. This ANS does not apply to domestic or household trash compactor appliances, nor does it apply to mobile landfill compactors and compactor-type equipment that is operational when permanently mounted on trucks or other vehicles.

NWRA (formerly the Environmental Industry Associations) is an ANSI accredited standards developer and organizational member representing waste and recycling companies throughout the United States involved in the collection of waste, recyclables, organics and composting, and the production of waste-based energy. NWRA provides leadership, advocacy, research, education, and safety expertise to the waste and recycling industries while promoting economically sustainable and environmentally sound services.

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