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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.

Upcoming SES Webinar to Focus on Starting a Standards Development Program
The next webinar hosted by SES - The Society for Standards Professionals will focus on SES-1 and -2, the latest versions of the SES templates for managing standards development processes and for creating ANSI-approved standards designations. The event will feature Joseph Bocchiaro III, Ph.D., a Principal Consultant with the built environment technical consulting firm The Sextant Group. Dr. Bocchiaro previously served as vice president of InfoComm International's standards and industry innovations department and an InfoComm Academy senior staff instructor. Titled "What to Do about SES-1 and -2," the webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET.

These webinars are offered free of charge to all current SES members and ANSI full member technical contacts; participation costs $50 for non-members. Additional information is available on the SES website.

IEEE Releases Results of Global Survey on Driverless Cars
IEEE, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, conducted a global survey on opinions of driverless cars. The survey was given to members of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems society and IEEE's social media communities.

Survey respondents indicated that although they may be comfortable in a driverless car, they would not allow such a vehicle to transport their children. Safety and trust in technology were identified as the main roadblocks to consumer adoption. Some respondents also indicated that they believe policy and regulation is a main barrier to mass adoption of the technology. In spite of barriers, the majority of respondents believe that driverless cars will be available in the near future, with 83.7 percent of experts from the Intelligent Transportation Systems society indicating that they will be available by 2030.

To see more survey results, read the IEEE news item.

TIA Webinar to Provide Counterfeit Prevention Information for Companies
The Toy Industry Association (ANSI), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is co-hosting a webinar with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on steps that companies can take to help prevent counterfeit products from entering the U.S. market.

"Working with U.S. Custom and Border Protection to Counter Counterfeits" is recommended for product quality control professionals; financial, compliance, and brand protection officers; and other toy industry stakeholders. The free presentation will be held on December 3, 2015 at 2:00pm Eastern; registration is required.

"Webinar participants will learn about the many resources available through CBP's Intellectual Property Enforcement Center, and the steps that companies can take to ensure that Customs has the information it needs to strengthen enforcement efforts at the border," said Rebecca Mond, TIA senior director of federal government affairs and webinar moderator.

To learn more and register for the webinar, see the TIA news item.

TCIA President Discusses Tree Care Industry in Free Podcast
Mark Gavin, president of the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, recently provided insight on the state of the tree care industry in a podcast recorded by Vermeer.

Mr. Gavin details the challenges and trends in the industry, covering evolving technologies, federal regulations that affect tree care businesses, the retirement of baby boomers and its impact on the industry, and more. To learn more and hear the free podcast, see the TCIA news item.


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