CTA Standards News

New Project Launched for the Revision Recommended Practices for ATSC 3.0 Television Sets, Audio

CTA’s Video Systems Committee Receivers for Next Generation Broadcast Television Working Group (R4 WG18) has launched new work to revised CTA-CEB32.5-A, Recommended Practice for ATSC 3.0 Television Sets, Audio. In this revision, the group will seek to clarify its recommendations regarding audio emergency information associated with EAS. Members are being sought to support this effort. For additional information or to get involved, contact Kerri Haresign.
[August 2020]

Revision underway for CTA-CEB11-D, NTSC/ATSC Loudnes Matching

CTA’s Video Systems Committee Audio Loudness Working Group (R4 WG8) has launched a new project to revise CTA-CEB-11-D, NTSC/ATSC Loudness Matching. Specifically, the WG will consider recommendations toward providing clarifications to the MPEG codec information. Members are being sought to support this effort. For additional information or to get involved, contact. For additional information or to get involved, contact Kerri Haresign.
[August 2020]

CTA Published ANSI/CTA-774-D, TV Receiving Antenna Performance Presentation and Measurement

CTA’s Video Systems Committee recently completed its work on ANSI/CTA-774-D, TV Receiving Antenna Performance Presentation and Measurement. This revision address low VHF and spectrum issues. For additional information or to get involved, contact Kerri Haresign.
[August 2020]

Use Cases and Application for the Smart Energy Management Systems: CTA White Paper - Now Available

Smart energy systems and devices continue to gain everyday importance in our lives. From the energy savings potential to making daily life more convenient for consumers, manufacturers, regulators, distributed energy resources, and utilities all play an important role in this ecosystem. This white paper, published by CTA’s Technology Council, provides an overview of the consumer market and perspective, use cases ranging from smart homes to smart cities, existing standards efforts, and potential for increased interoperability. For additional information or to get involved, contact Kerri Haresign.
[August 2020]

Registration Open for Technology & Standards Fall Forum

The CTA Technology & Standards Forum is an event where engineers, product managers and people from technology alliances gather to hear presentations, network, share information and develop standards. The Technology & Standards Fall Forum will feature four days of panel sessions, industry standards meetings and interactive networking opportunities highlighting the trends and technologies that are transforming content and entertainment. Hear industry experts discuss how digital therapeutics, artificial intelligence and the COVID-19 health crisis are changing content discovery, production, distribution and more. See the full event schedule and register for the event here.
[July 2020]

New Project Underway on a Vital Signs Toolkit

CTA’s R11 Health, Fitness and Wellness Committee recently launched a new project to develop CTA-2101, Vital Signs Toolkit. This toolkit will provide best practices for measurement and tracking of vital signs by remote patient monitoring solutions, including consumer wellness devices. The toolkit where appropriate will point to industry standards for accuracy metrics. Work has initiated to provide additional scope and direction for this toolkit to include metrics addressed and types of resources provided. For additional information or to get involved, contact Kerri Haresign.
[June 2020]

CTA WAVE Begins DASH-HLS Interoperability Specification

CTA’s WAVE Project is developing a standard to improve interoperability between the two major streaming protocols: DASH and HLS. The WAVE Project aims to make commercial media streaming less costly for everyone involved. The media stream is packaged according to MPEG’s CMAF standard but with different constraints for the various use cases. WAVE’s interoperability specification will help ensure that CMAF-formatted streams for DASH will work equally well for HLS, and vice versa. For additional information or to get involved, contact Alexandra Blasgen.
[June 2020]

CTA Launches New Work Group on Respiration Monitoring Solutions

CTA’s R11 Health, Fitness and Wellness Committee recently launched a new WG on Respiration Monitoring Solutions. The first project for this will be to develop CTA-2102, Performance Criteria and Testing Protocols for Respiration Monitoring Solutions. CTA-2102 will strive to establish definitions and performance criteria for consumer technology the measure respiration rate. Specifically, the standard provides a process for the evaluation of respiration monitoring solutions through a variety of applications including sedentary, exercise, and everyday living. For additional information or to get involved, contact Kerri Haresign.
[June 2020]

CTA Hosts First Ever Virtual Forum

During the week of May 11 – 14th, as part of its spring Technology & Standards Forum, the Consumer Technology Association hosted a series of virtual sessions with industry experts discussing topics including the role of AI in health care solutions, the impact of COVID-19 on the business landscape, gesture control, and more. View the full archive of session recordings here. The week also featured 19 standards meetings across a variety of different topics such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, digital health, robotics and more. If you want additional information about the Virtual Forum or how to get involved with CTA standards programs, please contact standards@cta.tech.
[May 2020]

New Project Launched to help Consumers Pair Loudspeakers with Amplifiers

CTA’s R3 Audio Systems Committee recently launched a new project to develop a standard that describes how to determine the maximum output capability of loudspeakers, subwoofers, and amplifiers intended for use in consumer/residential applications. The standard will also describe how to determine the appropriate crossover frequency region for and between loudspeakers and subwoofers. The derive measurement data derived from the standard can determine the potential performance of loudspeakers and amplifiers and can be used by manufacturers for marketing purposes. Participants are being sought, specifically including those who acquire in-home audio equipment (users). For additional information, please contact Leslie King.
[May 2020]

CTA Launches New Work Group to Develop a Total Performance Measurements Standard for Soundbar Systems

CTA’s R3 Audio Systems Committee recently launched a new work group on basic performance rating for soundbars. The work group’s first effort will be to develop a standard that describes how to combine the output volume, frequency and directivity response into an overall performance rating for the Soundbar System. This rating can then be used by consumers to categorize and compare performance of Soundbar Systems. Participants are being sought, specifically including developers of sound bars (producers), those who acquire soundbars and in-home audio equipment (users), and those with a general interest. For additional information, please contact Leslie King.
[May 2020]

CTA Publishes Recommended Practice on Proper Use of the OBD-II Port

CTA recently published CTA-CEB37, Recommended Practice on Proper Use of the OBD-II Port This bulletin describes best practices for the proper and safe use of the OBD-II port for designers and manufacturers of aftermarket ODB-II devices. It is intended to be used in conjunction with relevant SAE standards, which provide additional detail on OBD-II best practices. For more information about this work please contact For additional information or to get involved, contact Alexandra Blasgen.
[March 2020]

New Standard available on Streaming Quality of Experience Events, Properties and Metrics

CTA recently published CTA-2066, Streaming Quality of Experience Events, Properties and Metrics This new standard specifies a set of Media Player events, properties, Quality of Experience (QoE) metrics and associated terminology for representing streaming media quality of experience across systems, Media Players and analytics vendors. For more information about this work please contact Mark Levine.
[March 2020]

CTA Publishes Two New Health, Fitness & Wellness Standards

CTA recently published two new health, fitness & wellness standards addressing stress monitoring and intensity metrics. ANSI/CTA-2068, Definitions and Characteristics of Consumer Technology Monitoring for Physical and Psychosocial Stress , which outlines stress assessment protocols and data collection for the measurement of these technologies. ANSI/CTA-2074, Intensity Metrics: Physical Activity Monitoring , creates definitions and performance criteria for physical activity monitoring solutions that measure intensity of daily physical activity. For additional information or to get involved, contact Kerri Haresign.
[March 2020]

New Project Launched to Define Cybersecurity for Private Consumer Robotics

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 private consumer robotics. 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 Kerri Haresign.
[February 2020]

CTA Launches New WG on Digital Therapeutics

CTA’s R11 Health, Fitness and Wellness Committee recently launched a new WG on Digital Therapeutics. The WG will develop standards, recommended practices, and technical reports related to technical considerations for the definition, application, use, and performance requirements of digital therapeutics. For additional information or to get involved, contact Kerrianne Haresign.
[February 2020]

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]