CTA Standards News

CTA to Update its ANSI/CTA-2045 Modular Communications Interface (MCI) Companion Standard for Firmware Transfer Message Set

CTA’s R7.8 Modular Communication Interface for Energy Management Subcommittee is initiating the revision of the ANSI/CTA-2045.1 MCI for Firmware Transfer Message Set which presents messages and methods that enable reprogramming the SGD firmware over the MCI interface. This standard defines communications between the appliance and the module, and the ability to pass a variety of protocols from the outside through the module unchanged to the appliance. The subcommittee is seeking participants including those who create Smart Grid connectivity products (called "producers"), as well as those acquire Smart Grid connectivity products (called “users”) from those who create them. For additional information or to get involved, contact Leslie King.
[July 2019]

Indoor Navigation Standard for People with Visual Impairments Published

CTA has published a new standard for designing inclusive, audio-based indoor navigation systems to better provide real-time wayfinding and location support for people who are blind or low vision. ANSI/CTA-2076, Inclusive, Audio-based, Network Navigation Systems for All Persons including those Who are Blind/Low Vision, provides a universal set of guidelines for app developers and owners of indoor locations – such as railway stations, airports, convention centers and museums – to create an accessible environment for all. See the press release here. [June 2019]

New Project Launched to Develop CTA-861-H, A DTV Profile for Uncompressed High Speed Digital Interfaces

CTA’s R4 Video Systems Committee is producing a new revision of CTA-861, called CTA-861-H, A DTV Profile for Uncompressed High Speed Digital Interfaces. This revision will be limited to clarification, corrections, and improving and extending interoperability and integration of existing amendments, extensions and errata, including CTA-861.4 (Dynamic HDR Metadata Signaling) and CTA-861.5 (Audio). For additional information or to get involved, contact Mark Levine.
[May 2019]

New Project Launched to Recommend Proper Use of the OBD-II Port

CTA’s Intelligent Mobility Committee recently launched a new project to develop a Recommended Practice for the proper use of the OBD-II port. The document will make reference to existing SAE standards to describe best practices for the proper and safe use of the OBD-II port for designers, manufacturers, and installers of aftermarket OBD-II devices. For additional information or to get involved, contact Alexandra Blasgen.
[May 2019]

New Home Control Networking Protocol Projected Initiated for Web Services

CTA’s Consumer Electronics Networking Committee launched a new project to develop ANSI/CTA-709.10 Web Services for Control Networking Protocol. This standard will provide a comprehensive communication platform for networked control using web services and supports the IoT model of interoperability with advanced data collection, simplified management, and potential AI application support. All are encouraged to join the Consumer Electronics Networking Committee and get involved in this activity. The Consumer Electronics Networking Committee is particularly interested in adding new members who acquire home networking products from those who create them (called "users"). For additional information or to get involved, contact Leslie King.
[May 2019]

New Project Launched to Address Trustworthiness of AI in Health Care

Under the oversight of CTA’s Artificial Intelligence committee (R13), the WG on Artificial Intelligence in Health Care (R13 WG1) launched a new standards effort addressing The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: Trustworthiness. Given that artificial intelligence (AI) is quickly becoming a pervasive tool in the health care industry. This standard will explore the impact of trustworthiness of AI in health care through the lens of the end user. For additional information or to get involved with R13, contact Kerri Haresign.
[April 2019]

New Sleep Standard Addressing Performance Criteria and Testing Protocols Published

CTA published its 3rd sleep technology standard ANSI/CTA/NSF-2052.3, Performance Criteria and Testing Protocols for Features in Sleep Tracking Consumer Technology Devices and Applications. The standard addresses performance criteria and testing protocols for features in sleep tracking consumer technology devices and applications. This work adds to the suite of sleep technology standards previously published, including ANSI/CTA/NSF-2052.1, Definitions and Characteristics for Wearable Sleep Monitors and ANSI/CTA/NSF-2052.2, Methodology of Measurements for Features in Sleep Tracking Consumer Technology Devices and Applications.
[April 2019]

CTA Creates Standards Effort Addressing Artificial Intelligence

CTA’s Standards Council approved the formation of R13 on Artificial Intelligence. R13 is charged with developing standards, recommended practices, and technical reports related to artificial intelligence technologies. The committee will initiate its work on ANSI/CTA-2089, Definitions and Characteristics of Artificial Intelligence. For additional information or to get involved with R13, contact Kerri Haresign.
[February 2019]

CTA Releases White Paper on Use Cases in Artificial Intelligence

CTA recently released its second white paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Use Cases in Artificial Intelligence. It explores the application of AI across a range of industries, highlighting security, health and wellness, digital assistants, content and self-driving vehicles. The white paper project was led by CTA’s Technology Council, a leadership caucus for CTO-level executives from CTA member companies. Use Cases in Artificial Intelligence builds off the previously published What is Artificial intelligence, which explores components of AI such as deep learning, natural language processing and explainable AI. For additional information on these papers or to get involved in CTA’s AI work, contact Kerri Haresign.
[December 2018]


New Manufacturers Guide on Securing Connected Devices for Consumers in the Home

CTA recently released a cybersecurity "best practices" guide for IoT device developers. CTA-CEB33 contains information about the most important security activities that manufacturers should prioritize first. The document includes an overview of developing a security program, and an exploration of important potential weaknesses and the necessary preventative steps. For additional information on this guide or to get involved in CTA’s Home Networking Security and Privacy Standards effort, contact Leslie King.
[October 2018]


CTA Updates Uncompressed DTV Interface Standard to Support 8K Broadcasting in Japan

CTA recently released an audio format extension (CTA-861.5) to CTA-861-G, A DTV Profile for Uncompressed High-Speed Digital Interfaces. This adds support for 22.2 multichannel audio, which will launch in Japan on December 1, 2018 as part of that country's 8K broadcasting service. Support for 22.2 multichannel audio is also needed for MPEG-H 3-D Audio, which is part of broadcast efforts in South Korea and parts of Europe. CTA-861 is incorporated in some well-known interfaces such as HDMI and DisplayPort. For additional information on this extension or to participate in the next revision to CTA-861, contact Mark Levine.
[September 2018]


CTA Releases First Standard Addressing Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies

CTA released its first standard addressing definitions and characteristics of Augmented Virtual Reality Technologies (CTA-2069). The document explores key industry terms including 360 Spatial Audio, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Outside-In-Tracking, Room-Scale VR, Spherical Video, Virtual Reality, and X Reality. For additional information of this standard or to get involved in CTA’s Augmented and Virtual Reality Standards effort, contact Kerri Haresign.
[May 2018]


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October 27-31, 2019 | The Embassy Suites LAX South

The 25th CTA-861/HDMI PlugFest takes place October 27 - October 31 at the Embassy Suites Hotel LAX South in El Segundo, CA. Check-in and the Opening Session will take place on Sunday, October 27 with testing commencing on Monday morning, October 28 and lasting through Thursday afternoon October 31.

This innovative testing event focuses on connectivity and interoperability. CTA PlugFest events allow manufacturers to come together and test interfaces in a semi-private, round robin fashion. Designers can sort out connectivity issues between different manufacturers before products get in consumer's hands!

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