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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.

ASTM Seeks Partners for Upcoming Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence
ASTM International, an ANSI member and audited designator, has announced that it will launch an additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, center of excellence that will be a central point for standards-related R&D activities. The center will seek to fill gaps in the industry and serve as a global hub that supports testing, education, training, and more.

ASTM is seeking industry-university proposals for creating a global innovation hub to advance AM technical standards, related R&D, education, and training. Applicants should present approaches that bring together academia, industry, and governments for coordination and collaboration.

“Over the last decade, hundreds of the world’s top experts in additive manufacturing have pioneered the development of new standards through ASTM International,” said Katharine Morgan, ASTM president. “We are thrilled to take this next bold step to bridge standards development with R&D, while also meeting the growing demand for related services in this field.”

Letters of intent are due November 27, and full proposals are due on December 15. Learn more about the application and selection process in the ASTM news item.

UL Offers Tips for Home Security and Garage Door Safety
Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an ANSI member and audited designator, published an article on home security tips that relate to garage door safety. While some recent news reports have mentioned the use of zip ties to disable the manual release latch on automatic garage door openers, UL states that “[t]ampering with, modifying or defeating this release could result in the device not functioning properly during an emergency.”

Instead, the organization offers the following tips to assure home security:

-DO NOT interfere with or defeat the manual emergency release mechanism on your garage door operator.

-Your garage door opener retailer may offer other safety or security features for your brand or model, such as an automatic lock.

-See if you can change your garage-door opener code. Although many newer garage doors come with remote controls, some still use codes. These codes should be changed from their factory settings, but many people fail to do so.

-Never leave the entry door between the garage and your house unlocked.

-Lock all doors and windows in your garage. If possible, use a frosted glass coating on all garage windows so that criminals cannot look inside.

To read all of UL’s home security and garage safety tips, see the UL news item.

AIIM Report Examines the Transition to a Paper-Free Organization
AIIM, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is offering a free report on the movement of many organizations towards a paper-free office.

Improving Business Operations in 2017: Capturing Vital Content explores the challenges that businesses face when reducing or eliminating paper use. Areas of discussion include:

-The digital transformation of business operations

-Capturing and managing multi-channel inbound content

-Automating the information capture process

-Enhancing the identification and classification of capture information through analytics

-A look ahead at the next 5 years

To access the free report, see AIIM's website.

IEC White Paper Discusses Vertical Edge Intelligence Technologies
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has released a free white paper on edge intelligence, (EI), which is edge computing with machine learning (ML) and advanced networking capabilities. EI allows bringing data (pre-) processing and decision-making closer to the data source, which reduces delays in communication. The trend toward adopting EI, which pushes processing for data-intensive applications away from the cloud to the edge of the network, continues to expand.

The paper details current trends in cloud computing, mobile networking, and the Internet of Things (IoT), and explores domains that require a low delay in communication and decision such as smart manufacturing, video analysis for security and safety, automotive, intelligent city furniture, and virtual reality.

“It is evident that electrotechnology is undergoing a digital transformation which goes well beyond connectivity and requires evolved data processing,” said Yun Chao Hu, senior director strategies, standardization and industry development for Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. “The demand of real-time networking also requires real-time decision making based on data retrieved within the electrotechnical solutions. Therefore, the combination of edge computing with machine learning, data processing, and (cyber) security capabilities into ‘edge intelligence’ will contribute towards the provisioning of artificial intelligence close to where the data is collected. This will drive new business and technology opportunities for the whole market.”

Learn more and download the paper on IEC’s website.