Status of Active Consumer Technology Association Projects

These are the projects that are currently active within CTA’s standards committees. Anyone, except a member of the press, is eligible to join a CTA standards committee. For members of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) there is no charge to participate in CTA standards activities. For companies or individuals who are not members of CTA there is an annual fee for participation in CTA standards activities. Please see "How to Join" for more details.

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Last updated: February 8, 2017


R3 Audio Systems

CTA's Audio Systems Committee produces standards for consumer audio equipment. All are encouraged to join the Audio Systems Committee and get involved in its activities. The Audio Systems Committee is particularly interested in adding new members (called "users") who acquire audio products from those who create them, and in adding new members who neither produce nor use audio products, such as regulators, associations, and others (called members with a "general interest".
 
WG1 ANSI/CTA-490-B Test Methods of Measurement for Audio Amplifiers
Summary:
WG1 is working on a revision to CTA-490-A R-2008, which defines test conditions and test measurement procedures for determining various performance characteristics of single-channel and multi-channel power amplifiers, pre-amplifiers, integrated amplifiers, receivers, and tuner/pre-amplifiers that use AC mains power. These performance characteristics include power output, total harmonic distortion (THD), and sensitivity, among others.
*NOTE: Seeking individuals and companies who sell, install or use audio products so that we have balanced input for our standards activities (participants with a general interest and users who acquire audio products from those who create them are needed).

 

Started: 11/13/13 (by co-chairs, R3 approval 12/18/13)
PINS filed: 11/22/13
Status: Work on hold. Work pending completion of CTA-2054.

 

WG1 ANSI/CTA-2054 Specifications for Selecting an Amplifier for Use with a Loudspeaker System
Summary: CTA-2054 will outline the performance attributes of a power amplifier in order to allow consumers / end-users to easily determine if a given amplifier is compatible with a given loudspeaker system.

 

Started: 12/02/14
PINS filed: 12/11/14
Status: In progress.

 


R4 Video Systems

CTA's Video Systems Committee produces standards for television video technologies. All are encouraged to join the Video Systems Committee and get involved in its activities. The Video Systems Committee is particularly interested in adding new members (called "users") who acquire video products from those who create them.

 
WG20 Coming Soon

Streaming Media QoE
Summary: WG20 was recently approved as a new working group with a scope to develop documents addressing streaming media playback quality of experience. Please contact Mark Levine if you are interested in joining this new work activity

Started: 7/20/16
Status: In progress

 


R4.3 TV Data Systems

CTA's TV Data Systems Subcommittee produces standards for the delivery and presentation of closed captions, program rating information and certain other data delivered to the consumer via television signals. All are encouraged to join the TV Data Systems Subcommittee and get involved in its activities. The TV Data Systems Subcommittee is particularly interested in adding new members (called "users") who acquire video products with data systems from those who create them.

 
WG12 ANSI-J-STD-070/CTA-2035 R-20XX Emergency Alert Metadata for the Home Network
Summary: ANSI-J-STD-070/CTA-2035/DVS-847 standardizes metadata elements describing emergency alert events to devices in a home network, for applications involving the delivery of Commercial Video Services into the home network. Commercial Video Services are sources of audio/video content provided as live or on-demand streams from a particular service provider. Other standards define emergency alert signaling for digital cable receiving devices (ANSI J-STD-042-A[2]) and for IPTV terminal devices (ATIS-0800012[1]

 

Started: 9/9/14
PINS filed: 12/2/14
Ballot deadline: 10/30/14
Status: CTA (which was then known as CEA) filed the PINS for this joint project. Notification of the PINS filing appeared in ANSI Standards Action on 12/19/14. The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is managing the review and editing process.

 


R4.8 DTV Interface

CTA's DTV Interface Subcommittee produces standards for RF, analog and digital interfaces that enable connectivity between TV receivers and other consumer devices. All are encouraged to join the DTV Interface Subcommittee and get involved in its activities. The DTV Interface Subcommittee is particularly interested in adding new members (called "users") who acquire DTV interface products from those who create them, and in adding new members who neither produce nor use DTV interface products, such as regulators, associations, and others (called members with a "general interest").

 


R6 Portable, Handheld and In-Vehicle Electronics

CTA's Portable, Handheld and In-Vehicle Electronics Committee produces standards for portable and handheld consumer electronics products, and consumer electronics products used in private and commercial vehicles, boats and aircraft. All are encouraged to join the Portable, Handheld and In-vehicle Electronics Committee and get involved in its activities. The Portable, Handheld and In-vehicle Electronics Committee is particularly interested in adding new members (called "users") who acquire portable, handheld or in-vehicle products from those who create them, and in adding new members who neither produce nor use portable, handheld or in-vehicle electronics products, such as regulators, associations, and others (called members with a "general interest").

 
WG10 ANSI/CTA-2006-C Testing & Measurement Methods for Mobile Audio Amplifiers
Summary: WG10 is working on a revision to ANSI/CTA-2006-B. This standard defines characteristics that, considered collectively, describe the performance of power amplifiers designed for use in mobile applications.

 

Started: 10/18/12
PINS filed: 10/26/12
Status:In progress.

 

WG22 ANSI/CTA-2042.3 Methods of Measurement for Efficiency and Standby Power of Wireless Power Systems
Summary: WG3 is developing ANSI/CTA-2042.3. This standard will establish a common method for determining power transfer efficiency and standby power for consumer electronics devices that incorporate wireless power transfer functionality.

 

Started: 2/9/11
PINS filed: 2/2/11
Status: In progress. Moved to R6 WG22 in 2016.

 

WG22 ANSI/CTA-2042.4 System Requirements for Highly Resonant Wireless Power Systems
Summary: WG4 is developing ANSI/CTA-2042.4. This standard will define system requirements for highly resonant wireless power systems. Highly resonant wireless power systems are systems that transfer power wirelessly using magnetic induction, and that require magnetic resonance.

 

Started: 10/24/11
PINS filed: 11/16/11
Status: In progress. Moved to R6 WG22 in 2016. Work on this project has been suspended pending leadership review.

 

WG22 ANSI/CTA-2042.5 System Requirements for Tightly-Coupled Wireless Power Transfer
Summary: WG5 is developing ANSI/CTA-2042.5. This standard will define system requirements for a tightly coupled wireless power system. A tightly coupled wireless power system is an inductive wireless power transfer system with a strong magnetic linkage between the primary and secondary coil.

 

Started: 10/24/11
PINS filed: 11/16/11
Status: In progress. Moved to R6 WG22 in 2016. Work on this project has been suspended pending leadership review.

 

WG23 ANSI/CTA-2063 Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Serial Numbers
Summary: WG23 is developing ANSI/CTA-2063, which is a standard for serial numbers to be used by small unmanned aerial systems.

 

Started: 04/07/16
PINS filed: 04/26/16
Status: In progress. Meetings are taking place in July 2016. Interested participants are encouraged to join WG23.

 


R6.4 Health & Fitness Technology 

CTA's Health & Fitness Technology Subcommittee develops standards, recommended practices, and related documentation for consumer health and fitness technology, including fixed, portable and wearable health and fitness devices. All are encouraged to join the Health & Fitness Technology Subcommittee and get involved in its activities. The Health & Fitness Technology Subcommittee is particularly interested in adding new members (called "users" who acquire health & fitness products from those who create them) as well as those with a general interest.

 
WG1 CTA-2052.2 Methodology of Measurements for Features in Sleep Tracking Consumer Technology Devices and Applications
Summary: This standard will outline sleep feature terminology definitions and recommended performance requirements for wearable sleep monitoring consumer products.

 

Started: 5/23/14
Status: Work on performance requirements on hold until the glossary of terms is complete. Next steps will be discussed during R6.4 WG1 meetings in July 2016.

 

WG2 ANSI/CTA-2065 Physical Activity Monitoring for Heart Rate and Related Measures
Summary: This standard will create definitions and performance criteria for consumer technology that measures heart rate or related parameters.

 

Started: 7/13/16
Status:In progress. Next WG2 meeting on 8/02/16.

 

WG3 ANSI/CTA-2057 Interoperability Standards Series for Consumer EEG Data - Local Transmission
Summary: R6.4 WG3 will create a standard to enable real-time processing and storage of collected data by synchronous transmission of multiple data streams, each potentially sampled at a different rate, on a local network. Each data streams may also have a different type, e.g. real numbers or strings, or have an irregular sampling rate (e.g. events).

 

Started: 9/16/15
Status: In progress.

 

WG3 ANSI/CTA-2058 Interoperability Standards Series for Consumer EEG Data - Event Description
Summary: Events capture changes in the real or virtual world that are potentially relevant to understanding the data collected from the user. User actions (e.g. pressing a button or starting to walk), changes in state (surprise, detection of targets or errors, receiving positive or negative feedback) and presentations of various stimuli (e.g. audio and visual elements in a game) can potentially induce changes in recorded EEG, heart rate and other biosignals. The purpose of this standard is to harmonize the way that events are described, i.e. various aspects of them are represented and transmitted.

 

Started: 9/16/15
Status: In progress

 

WG3 ANSI/CTA-2059 Interoperability Standards Series for Consumer EEG Data - User State Description
Summary:Estimation of User State (e.g. sleepy, alert or surprised) is the main focus of most Brain Computer Interface (BCI) applications. The purpose of this standard is to (a) define a list of terms that are used to describe User State, clearly explaining the meaning of each term (b) define the numerical and/or categorical value ranges associated with each term, e.g. using values between one (1) and zero (0) for focused user state, with the value one (1) referring to a fully focused user state.

 

Started: 9/16/15
Status: In progress

 

WG3 ANSI/CTA-2060 Interoperability Standards Series for Consumer EEG Data - File Storage
Summary: The purpose of this standard is to adopt a file format for storing several data streams in a single, self-describing, file, with each stream potentially sampled at a different rate, or having a different type (e.g. real numbers and strings). It will allow this data to be provided in an efficient and temporally accurate manner to analysis and visualization applications.

 

Started: 9/16/15
Status: In progress. Main focus of WG3 is on CTA-2060 and file formats.

 

WG3 ANSI/CTA-2061 Interoperability Standards Series for Consumer EEG Data - Group-level meta-data encapsulation
Summary: The purpose of this standard is to (a) define the minimum set of information (metadata) required to process EEG and associated data collected from a group of users and (b) adopt a schema to encapsulate this information and make it available for automated processing.

 

Started: 9/16/15
Status: In progress

 


R7 Consumer Electronics Networking Committee

CTA's and its subcommittees establish standards and guidelines for all CTA network standardization efforts involving communications between, to, or from consumer electronics devices. R7 also provides coordination for, and encourages cooperation among, all standards development efforts for communications that pass over a home network/system, or communications between, to, or from consumer electronic devices. All are encouraged to join the Consumer Electronics Networking Committee and get involved in its activities. The Consumer Electronics Networking Committee is particularly interested in adding new members who acquire home networking products from those who create them (called "users").

 
R7 CTA-860-A R-201X Device Plug-In Interface to EIA/CTA-709.1 Network Tools
Summary: R7 is considering reaffirmation of CTA-860-A. This standard applies to a set of software interfaces between ANSI/CTA-709.1-B-2002 (CTA-709.1) Network Management Tools and device type specific software for device installation, configuration and commissioning, resulting in enhanced functionality of network management tools. Supported devices include those that meet the CTA-709.1 standard for nodes and the objects they contain which communicate on a CTA-709.1 standard network.

 

Started: 12/11/13
Status: Pre-vote comment issued on 1/19/15.

 

R7 CTA-2027-B R-201X A User Interface for Home Networks Using Web-based Protocols
Summary: R7 is considering withdrawal of CTA-2027-B. This standard addresses user control of remote audio/video devices on home networks. It describes how audio/video devices may present status and control user interfaces on remote devices attached to a network, and describes how this user interface data can be encapsulated using web and internet protocols. User control is through a browser and graphical user interface, the design of which is determined by the implementers of this standard.

 

Started: 10/27/11
Pre-vote comment deadline: 9/27/12
Status: A comment was received suggesting that CTA-2027-B be reaffirmed instead of withdrawn, R7 is currently considering a change in the project intent based on this comment.

 

WG2 ANSI/CTA-851-A R-20XX Versatile Home Network
Summary: WG2 is considering reaffirmation of ANSI/CTA-851-A. This standard defines an IP-enabled network for connecting cluster networks to a whole-home IEEE 1394-based broadband distribution backbone in order to facilitate integrated operation of appliances and networked components.

 

Started: 6/6/11 and 12/11/13
PINS filed: 6/6/11
Pre-vote comment deadline: 12/24/15
Status: This project was initiated between meetings of R7. At the 10/27/11 R7 meeting the committee opted to defer approval of the project to reaffirm based on suggestions that perhaps it should be revised or withdrawn. WG2 was tasked with studying the issue and coming back with a recommended course of action. At the 12/11/13 R7 meeting the project to reaffirm was approved. A ballot will be issued after any pre-vote comments are addressed.

 

WG15 CTA-TR-9 Comparison and Analysis of ANSI/CTA-2049 and ENERGY STAR Test Method for Small Network Equipment
Summary: WG15 is working on a new technical report that will identify the substantive differences between ANSI/CTA-2049 and ENERGY STAR's Test Method for Small Network Equipment, Rev. Nov-2013. The technical report will also explain the rationale for each difference including changes, additions, or omissions.

 

Started: 10/02/14
Status: In progress.

 

WG15 CTA-TR-10 Using ANSI/CTA-2049 with the Industry Voluntary Agreement for Small Network Equipment
Summary: WG15 is working on a new technical report that will describe the method for using ANSI/CTA-2049 to show energy measurements consistent with the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Small Network Equipment.

 

Started: 10/02/14
Status: In progress.

 

WG16 CTA-TR-5 Audio/Video Inter-Device Power Control Coordination
Summary: WG16 is working on a technical report that will document the current state of technologies and products, the opportunities for power savings, and industry concerns about interoperability and consumer satisfaction. The report will identify needed capabilities that could be added to existing protocols, or any future protocols developed, to implement the automatic management of audio/video device power states and content streams. The report will only address communication in local networks.

 

Started: 12/11/13
Status: In progress.

 

WG17 ANSI/CTA-2050 Interoperability Using Standardized Device Descriptions
Summary: WG17 is developing a standard that will define XML templates and/or schema and related requirements for use by manufacturers. Manufacturers will use these templates and/or schema to describe some or all of their devices’ functionality, data formats and messaging. The schema developed by manufacturers can then be used by developers to create applications, products and services that communicate with and control the devices.
*NOTE: Seeking individuals and companies who sell, or are users of the products that can utilize the developed templates and schemas so that we have balanced input for our standards activities (participants with a general interest and users).

 

Started: 5/21/14
PINS filed: 6/13/14
Status: In progress.

 

WG19 ANSI/CTA-2055 Ad-hoc Personal Area Connectivity
Summary: WG17 is developing a standard for establishing ad-hoc networks of devices quickly and seamlessly, particularly in the case of consumer-owned (BYOD) devices brought into 3rd-party environments such as hotel rooms.
*NOTE: Seeking participation from individuals and companies who manufacture and sell consumer mobile devices (laptops, tablets and phones), and who manufacture and provide hotel in-room technology (DTV, WiFi) that allow consumer-owned devices to be connected while in the hotel. (Participants who are producers and users).

 

Started: 8/10/15
PINS filed: 9/10/15
Status: In progress.

 


R7.8 Modular Communication Interface for Energy Management

CTA's Modular Communication Interface for Energy Management Subcommittee produces standards for Smart Grid connectivity. All are encouraged to join the Modular Communication Interface for Energy Management Subcommittee and get involved in its activities. The subcommittee is particularly interested in adding new members who create Smart Grid connectivity products (called "producers").

 
WG1 ANSI/CTA-2045-A Modular Communications Interface for Energy Management
Summary: The new project entails modifying the current published version of ANSI/CTA-2045 to include Amendment 1, address clarification issues that have been identified in the field, reorganized the data-link, and add new features and functions. ANSI/CTA-2045 specifies a modular communications interface (MCI) to facilitate communications with residential devices for applications such as energy management.

 

Started: 2/24/15
PINS filed: 3/13/15
Status: In progress.

 


R10 Residential Systems

The joint CTA/CEDIA Residential Systems Committee produces standards for the design and installation of residential systems. All are encouraged to join the Residential Systems Committee and get involved in its activities. The Residential Systems Committee is particularly interested in adding new members who create residential systems products (called "producers"), and in adding new members who acquire residential systems products from those who create them (called "users").

 
WG1 CTA/CEDIA-CEB22-A Home Theater Recommended Practice: Audio Design
Summary: WG1 is working on CTA/CEDIA-CEB22-A. Home Theater Audio Design outlines the various design parameters relevant to the proper design of a home theater that meets relevant industry guidelines. Additionally, these practices ensure that a home theater supports other media uses such as music, gaming, and broadcast TV. The revised bulletin will include information about immersive audio and equipment selection.

 

Started: 9/12/14
Status: Work on hold.

 

WG3 CTA/CEDIA-CEB23-B Home Theater Video Design
Summary: WG3 is working on CTA/CEDIA-CEB23-B. Home Theater Video Design provides the parameters for the proper design of a home theater that meets relevant industry guidelines. Additionally, these practices ensure that a home theater supports other multi-media uses such as music, gaming, photo viewing, web browsing, and broadcast TV. The revised bulletin will include ITU BT.1886 EOTF and will address performance of the system.

 

Started: 9/12/14
Status: Work on hold until CTA/CEDIA-CEB28 is completed.

 

WG3 CTA/CEDIA-CEB28 A/V Distribution Over Existing Cables
Summary: WG3 is working on CTA/CEDIA-CEB28. This bulletin will provide recommendations for electronic system designers and installers on how to use existing wiring in residential environments, including coaxial and CAT 5/6 cables, to distribute digital audio and video while maintaining both the integrity of the content and the functionality of content protection.
*NOTE: Seeking individuals and companies who sell or are users of architectural drawing software so that we have balanced input for our standards activities (participants with a general interest and users).

 

Started: 4/21/11
Pre-vote comment deadline: 9/17/12
Status: No comments received. However, WG3 is planning to make additional edits. Work is on hold.

 

WG5 CTA/CEDIA-CEB24-A Thermal Management for Electronic Systems
Summary: WG5 is working on CTA/CEDIA-CEB24-A. This bulletin focuses on sound abatement (ingress and egress) for air handling equipment (including allowing for maximum dynamic range within the listening space) proper air exchanges and treating equipment racks and spaces to maintain adequate operating temperatures and humidity. The purpose of the revision is to change the document title from Home Theater HVAC to Thermal Management for Electronic Systems in order to better reflect what the Bulletin is about.
Started: 9/12/14
Status: Work on hold.