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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Rail Transit Information to Offshore Oil Security


New York, Apr 28, 2004

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of 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:

Rail Transit Information
“Stand clear of the closing doors!” Alerts and announcements like this one are a familiar part of commuting for millions that use rail transit in urban centers across the country. ANSI/IEEE 1477, Standard for Passenger Information System for Rail Transit Vehicles, applies to external and internal audio-visual communication of passenger information, destination/trip information, and announcements related to safety and emergencies, as well as advertisement/community information for rail transit vehicles. This includes the following equipment: passenger information signs, public address system, passenger/crew call intercom system, internal display system, and radio system interface with the public address system.

Administered by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Rail Transit Vehicle Interface Standards Committee develops standards associated with rail passenger vehicles, trains and systems, including (but not limited to) automatic train control, communications and electrical power distribution systems, which interface with these vehicles or trains.

Offshore Oil Security
Protecting critical portions of the energy infrastructure and employing effective security practices is a significant national priority, both on land and at sea. API Recommended Practice 70 (or RP70), Security for Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Operations, provides guidelines for managers of offshore facilities on evaluating their own unique security vulnerabilities. This publication is intended to assist the offshore oil and natural gas drilling and producing operators and contractors in assessing security needs during the performance of oil and natural gas operations worldwide.

The marine segment of ANSI member the American Petroleum Institute (API) stands ready to assist the U.S. Coast Guard to further secure the nation’s maritime domain and to protect critical transportation modes ensuring that energy supplies meet the market.


This "standards snapshot" was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developing organizations to keep the ANSI Federation abreast of their achievements. As the Institute receives news of published voluntary standards and voluntary standards initiatives with broad appeal and impact, similar articles will be posted to the ANSI Online News page. Please continue to forward your updates to the Communications and Public Relations department at (f) 212.398.0023 or (e) pr@ansi.org. For additional information on the wide array of standards applications, see the Media Tips and Case Studies section of the Institute's website.

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