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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Savings Bonds to Exposure Meters


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:

Virtual Stamps for U.S. Savings Bonds
Savings bonds have long been a fixture of saving or giving money in the U.S. while earning interest.. Today, bonds can be redeemed electronically, with paying agents using a virtual stamp instead of a physical stamp to indicate redemption. A new American National Standard developed by Accredited Standards Committee, Inc. – Financial Industry Standards (ASCX9) defines requirements for these virtual stamps. ANSI X9.100-189-2019, Savings Bond Paying Agent Virtual Stamp, provides information on the content and proper placement of the virtual stamp, but does not supersede requirements for other information required on the back of savings bond items.

ASCX9, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, develops and maintains voluntary consensus standards for the financial services industry. With more than 100 member companies and 250 member representatives, X9 furthers standardization in the areas of data and information security, securities, electronic and emerging payments, checks and back-office operations, and corporate banking, among others.

Portable Exposure Rate Meters for Radiation
In the event of a homeland security threat or disaster, law enforcement personnel and other emergency responders may use personal radiation detectors that alert them to photon-emitting radioactive materials. These devices are used for detection, interdiction, and prevention, and may include alarms that indicate an increase in exposure rate. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has published a new standard to guide these detection devices. IEEE/ANSI N42.33-2019, American National Standard Portable Exposure Rate Meters for Homeland Security, describes design criteria, performance requirements, and performance tests that support these devices in protecting emergency personnel in potentially dangerous situations.

IEEE, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is a technical professional organization for engineering, computing, and technology professionals, with 423,000 members in more than 160 countries. The organization fosters collaboration among its members in technologies including computing, sustainable energy systems, aerospace, communications, robotics, healthcare, and more.


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