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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.

NENA PSA Debuts in Movie Theaters Nationwide
NENA: The 9-1-1 Association, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has announced a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign that is being aired in movie theaters across the country.

The 30-second PSA, featuring the star of Fox's hit show 9-1-1 Angela Bassett, provides tips on what to do when calling 9-1-1. It is running in select movie theaters from April 5-18 as part of NENA's National 9-1-1 Education Month activities for 2019. It will reach an anticipated two million viewers.

"National 9-1-1 Education Month is all about informing the public about what to do when calling 9-1-1," said NENA CEO Brian Fontes. "NENA is so grateful to Ms. Bassett for filming this PSA, as well as the team at Screenvision Media for donating screen time to help get this important message out to a huge national audience."

See the PSA on NENA's YouTube channel and learn more in their news item.

PLASTICS Report Highlights Transportation Trends for Plastics Industry
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has released a report on the growing demand for and use of plastics in modes of transportation, from automobiles and trucks to boats, trains, and planes.

"The Plastics Market Watch Report - Watching: Transportation" discusses recent trends in transportation, including propulsion/electric vehicles, self-driving vehicles, connected vehicles, and shared transportation. According to the report, experts say plastics are one of the biggest breakthroughs in innovation since the Ford Model T, with dynamic capabilities to transform cities and disrupt the movement of goods.

"Due to current trends, we expect for plastics to become a solidified material in transportation vehicles and other technologies," said Perc Pineda, chief economist at PLASTICS. "Engineers and designers use plastic for vehicle materials because of its weatherability and moisture repellence, safety advances, improved comfort, and other properties - many of which are in the research and development stages. Considering that demand for transportation is not going away any time soon, plastics will remain a viable material in the transportation space."

Learn more and read the full report on the PLASTICS website.

Executive Director of PCI SCC Speaks on Standards and Devaluing Payments Data to Protect Information
Lance Johnson, executive director of ANSI member and accredited standards developer the PCI Standards Security Council (PCI SCC), recently gave an interview on the importance of devaluing data related to payment information so that it is of no use to hackers.

In the 11-minute interview, Johnson explains how devaluing payments data can be accomplished through EMV/chip credit cards, point-to-point encryption, and tokenization. He speaks on best security practices for practitioners and assessors in security data, PCI standards that address new technologies such as cloud services, and the evolution of standards for software products and services that enhance business processes.

Click here to hear the full interview.

ASTM Video Wins PR Daily's Video & Visual Award
ASTM International, an ANSI member and audited designator, has won PR Daily's Video & Visual Award for 2018 in the category of "Explainer Video" for its "Your First Committee Week" video.

The animated video helps members attending their first committee meetings understand how to get the most out of the frequent gatherings. Viewers learn what they can expect during meetings, how to make the best use of meeting time, and how to fully engage in the experience to embrace networking opportunities and other benefits of attendance.

The award-winning video, developed by ASTM digital engagement manager Christopher Davis and Liquid Interactive video services manager Kelly Planer, can be viewed on ASTM's YouTube channel.


Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

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