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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.

ATIS Completes Study on Potential Solutions for Delivery of Earthquake Early Warning System Notifications
The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has completed a study on how the commercial cellular network could be used to deliver early earthquake warnings.

ATIS Feasibility Study for Earthquake Early Warning System examined how existing cellular technologies can be coordinated with the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN) to provide widespread and timely warnings. Researchers concluded that Early Earthquake Warning (EEW) notifications through a cellular wireless broadcast are a viable concept with the constraints of the cellular wireless networks. The study offers a proposal for the architecture of this message distribution, and advises against the use of traditional text messages or push data services to relay this information.

Click here to access the study. ATIS is also holding a webinar about the findings of the study on August 25: Click here to register.

ALA Publishes New Book on Standards in Information Exchange; NISO Leadership Provides Key Editing
The American Library Association (ALA) has published a new book on standards in information exchange: The Critical Component: Standards in the Information Exchange Environment. Developed by the ALA's Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) division, the book details the importance of standards for libraries, the standards developing process, and the intermediaries between the library and standards communities.

Todd A. Carpenter, executive director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, edited the book and contributed a chapter. Nettie Lagace, NISO's associate director for programs, and Cynthia Hodgson, recently retired NISO editor, also contributed chapters.

"Although we rely on standards every day to access, retrieve, and display digital content, few understand how these critical components in that process are developed or deployed," said Mr. Carpenter. "Many people have commented to me that the development of standards is a procedural 'black box' - something that is difficult to comprehend or navigate. By creating this work, we hope to illuminate that process as well as describe the necessary role that standards play in our digital content ecosystem."

Learn more in the NISO news release.

BITS Publishes Article on the Potential Impact of Human-Machine Interfaces on Human Services
ANSI member BITS has posted an article in their CTO Corner newsletter on how human-machine interfaces affect the way that financial institutions deliver services.

Written by BITS senior technology consultant Dan Schutzer, the article explores the impact that advances in this technology may have, as well as significant challenges related to security and privacy protection. Schutzer explores the use of more human-like interfaces, and how end users will have greater involvement in application design. He concludes that the financial services industry will soon have access to technology with more intelligent interfaces that are more capable, more sensitive to the user's needs and emotional state, and more satisfying to those same users. However, with this technology will come new threats that need to be considered in the early stages of design, and may need to be accommodated in the financial services infrastructure.

Read the article on the BITS website here.

FM Global Publishes Index of Countries' Building Codes Worldwide
FM Global, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has published a comprehensive index of the building codes of numerous countries around the world.

2015 FM Global Country Building Codes Index is designed to help companies learn about current building codes in target regions, and gain context about construction and fire risk in different countries. The document was produced by FM Global in cooperation with the National Fire Protection Agency, an ANSI member and audited designator.

"Until now, there's been no unified index of building codes," said Paris Stavrianidis, vice president and general manager of FM Approvals and international codes and standards. "This is a step forward to bring together the codes we know of in one place, including previously hard-to-find information. It also provides helpful confirmation that a few countries have no known national building code. We welcome input on the index in our efforts to keep it updated and hope it will be a useful reference as our clients consider where to extend their businesses or how to upgrade their existing facilities."

The document is a companion to the FM Global Resilience Index, which ranks the supply chain resilience of 130 countries and territories.

Learn more in the FM Global news release.


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