CTA Standards News

Work Underway on Trustworthiness in CTA’s Artificial Intelligence Committee

CTA’s Artificial Intelligence Standards Committee (R13) has initiated its work on Guidelines for Developing Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence Systems. The goal of this work will be to describe things developers of AI applications should consider to be trustworthy. Additionally CTA’s Artificial Intelligence in Health Care WG (R13 WG1), has also initiated work addressing The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: Trustworthiness. Volunteers are being sought for both initiatives and participation in standards effort is a benefit for all CTA Members. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, please contact Kerri Haresign.
[January 2020]

New Project Launched to Define Standard Numerical Descriptors for XR

CTA’s R12 AR/VR Committee recently launched a new project to identify best practices for measuring quantifiable statistics for XR hardware and technology capabilities. This project would provide a go-to reference for hardware manufacturers and content creators to compare the benefits and considerations for hardware specifications across a standardized dataset. Companies and consumers would be able to identify and simplify some of the confusion that arises from measuring specifications inconsistently, creating unequal comparisons and complicating content developer efforts to create cross-platform applications. For additional information or to get involved, contact Alexandra Blagsden.
[January 2020]

New AR/VR Project Launched to Establish Best Practices for Limited Mobility in XR

CTA’s R12 AR/VR Committee recently launched a new project to establish a list of criteria that will provide best practices for the development of XR technology for users with limited mobility. It will not attempt to cover every limited-mobility condition but will focus on different treatment and training methodologies that are most broadly applicable. For additional information or to get involved, contact Alexandra Blagsden.
[January 2020]

New Home Networking Project Launched to Update ANSI/CTA-2049 -- Determination of Small Network Equipment Average Energy Consumption

CTA’s R7 Consumer Electronics Networking Committee is developing a revision of ANSI/CTA-2049 -- Determination of Small Network Equipment Average Energy Consumption. The standard defines a method for measuring Small Network Equipment (SNE) energy consumption and related items. The revision will focus on network equipment used in consumer homes to access internet services (products such as modems, gateways, and routers). 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 (called “users”) from those who create them. For additional information or to get involved, contact Leslie King.
[January 2020]

CTA to Update its ANSI/CTA-709.6 -- Control Networking Protocol Specification: Part 6: Application Elements

CTA’s R7 Consumer Electronics Networking Committee is revising ANSI/CTA-709.6 -- Control Networking Protocol Specification: Part 6: Application Elements. This standard provides mechanisms through which various vendors of control networking systems may exchange information in a standardized way. This document contains all the information necessary to read and interpret the format of data and control information that is used by ANSI/CTA-709.5 -- Control Networking Protocol Specification: Part 5: Implementation – Application-Layer Guidelines. It also defines the device interface for a device as specified, which is necessary to exchange data between various devices from different manufacturers. 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 (called “users”) from those who create them. For additional information or to get involved, contact Leslie King.
[January 2020]

CTA Approves Loudness Standard for Over-the-Top Television and Online Video Distribution

CTA’s Video Systems Committee approved CTA-2075, Loudness Standard for Over the Top Television and Online Video Distribution for Mobile and Fixed Devices, on 1/15/20. This new standard describes how makers of TV sets, mobile phones and other devices used to watch streaming video can ensure consumers have an enjoyable experience with their products by leveraging content distributors’ use of Audio Engineering Society guidelines for streaming video loudness. For more information about this work please contact Leslie King.
[January 2020]

CTA Publishes Update to Set-top Box Power Measurement Standard

CTA recently published an update to Set-top Box (STB) Power Measurement, creating ANSI/CTA-2043-A. This standard defines procedures for measuring Set-top Box power consumption. The standard realigns test result parameter names and re-sequences the defined tests. It also includes procedures for measuring power consumption for a broad variety of STB types and features. For more information about this work please contact Mark Levine.
[December 2019]

Recommendations for Portable Powerbank Markings Published

With the large number of portable powerbanks currently available, there needs to be consistency provided so that the consumer knows what to expect when using a powerbank. For example, they need to know how many times they can charge their smartphone, how fast they can charge their smartphone, and even whether they can charge a tablet or laptop with a given powerbank. CTA-2077, Recommendations for Portable Power Charging Markings, provides guidance to manufacturers for consistent product markings for consumer use.
[November 2019]

CTA to Participate in ANSI World Standards Week

During the week of November 4th, CTA will participate as a part of the American National Standards Institute’s World Standards Week. World Standards Week brings together standards professionals from around the world to collaborate on key topics such as sharing best practices, legal issues, fostering partnerships to integrate standards into curricula, and building an effective workforce for the future. The events culminate in a celebration address how standards build connections. For more information on the value of standards, CTA’s standard program, or to get involved contact Standards@CTA.Tech.
[October 2019]

New Project Launched to Define Cybersecurity for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

CTA’s R14 Cybersecurity and Privacy Management Committee recently launched a new project to define the cybersecurity requirements and recommendations relevant to the unique capabilities, uses, and applications of small UAS. This work will build upon the baseline cybersecurity requirements being developed in CTA-2088, Baseline Cybersecurity Standard for Devices and Device Systems. For additional information or to get involved, contact Alexandra Blasgen.
[September 2019]

CTA to Update its ANSI/CTA-2045-A Modular Communications Interface (MCI) Standard for Energy Management

CTA’s R7.8 Modular Communication Interface for Energy Management Subcommittee is initiating the revision of the ANSI/CTA-2045-A MCI for Energy Management which specifies a modular communications interface (MCI) to facilitate communications with residential devices for applications such as energy management. The MCI provides a standard interface for energy management signals and messages to reach devices. The subcommittee is seeking participants including those who create Smart Grid connectivity products (called "producers"), as well as those who acquire Smart Grid connectivity products (called “users”) from those who create them. For additional information or to get involved, contact Leslie King.
[September 2019]

New Home Networking Project Launched to Update ANSI/CTA-2048 Host and Router Profiles for IPv6

CTA’s R7 Consumer Electronics Networking Committee is revising ANSI/CTA-2048 Host and Router Profiles for IPv6. The standard identifies the required features and capabilities for stand-alone routers and hosts with support for IPv6 and related necessary protocols. The revision will consider support for IPv6 transition technologies, and support for PCP (port configuration protocol). 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 (called “users”) from those who create them. For additional information or to get involved, contact Leslie King.
[September 2019]

New Project Launched to Update AR/VR Definitions Standard

CTA’s R12 AR/VR Committee is developing a revision of CTA-2069, which defines terms related to augmented and virtual reality technologies. As part of this work, the Committee will consider the addition of new terms that would benefit from standardized definitions and also review the existing terms to make any necessary refinements. For additional information or to get involved, contact Alexandra Blasgen.
[August 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]


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