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Company Overview of Telecommunications Industry Association

Company Overview

Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is a non-profit trade organization serving the communications and information technology industries. The organization focuses on market development, trade shows, standards development, and domestic and international advocacy. In addition, it represents the interests of its members before Congress, the Department of Commerce, the Federal Communications Commission, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and foreign governments. It was formed in 1988 by merger between United States Telecommunications Suppliers Association and the Information and Telecommunications Technologies Group of Electronics Industries Alliance. The organization is based in Ar...

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United States

Founded in 1988





Key Executives for Telecommunications Industry Association

President and Director
Vice President of Finance
Vice President of Government Affairs
Treasurer and Director
Secretary and Director
Age: 51
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Telecommunications Industry Association Key Developments

Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and the Telecommunications Industry Association Announces Release of J-Std-110.01, Guidelines Enable Interim Nationwide Text to 9-1-1 Solution

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and the Telecommunications Industry Association announced release of J-STD-110.01, the Implementation Guidelines for J-STD-110, a critical part of an industry-generated solution providing short message service (SMS) subscribers the ability to send an SMS text message to 9-1-1. This new deliverable educates Commercial Mobile Service Providers (CMSPs) and Text Control Center(TCC) providers on implementing the Joint ATIS/TIA Native SMS to 9-1-1 Requirements and Architecture Specification (J-STD-110) and provides the guidelines for doing so. Developed as a collaborative effort between ATIS and TIA, J-STD-110 was adopted as an industry standard in March of this year. ATIS also has developed an efficient checklist that gives Public Safety entities a systematic way of identifying the tasks to enable coordinated communications with the other parties in the emergency response chain. The guidelines will help support the current voluntary framework for a SMS text to 9-1-1 solution and are another part of the collaboration between ATIS and TIA on this necessary standard. The Implementation guidelines will be of use to the many CMSPs, SMS Center vendors, TCC vendors, and TCC providers by providing information necessary to deploy the SMS to 9-1-1 solution. The guidelines also will be of value to public safety and other 9-1-1 stakeholders by providing the necessary materials to assist them in the development of training or operational materials as they migrate to support this solution. In addition to the implementation guidelines, ATIS and TIA have published a supplement (J-STD-110.a) that enhances the existing J-STD-110 solution, and also includes a new use case and process flows. The new guidelines position service providers to have a fully operational text to 9-1-1 solution in place by May 15, 2014, the target date communicated to the Federal Communications Commission by ATandT, Sprint, T-Mobile USA and Verizon, all active participants in the J-STD-110 development. These four providers have pointed to J-STD-110 to support the voluntary framework for an interim text to 9-1-1 solution, which supports coarse location to route the text to the appropriate PSAP, the ability to send a text to the short code 911, and delivery of a message advising the caller to dial 9-1-1 when texting to 9-1-1 is not available. This interim solution will be implemented while the long-term Next Generation 9-1-1 solution is being developed in ATIS and 3GPP for Multimedia Messaging Emergency Services in the next technology generation.

Telecommunications Industry Association Appoints Herbert V. Congdon II, PE to Vice-President of Technology and Standards

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) announced the appointment of Herbert V. Congdon II, PE to Vice-President of Technology and Standards. Congdon, who has been with TIA since 2011, replaces Cheryl Blum who will retire from the company. Herb Congdon joined TIA as Associate Vice-President of the Technology and Standards Department and has worked in the optical fiber cable and components industry since 1992. As VP, he is responsible for the Association's programs for writing and maintaining voluntary industry standards and specifications, formulating positions for presentations on behalf of the United States in international standards fora, and preparing technical information and reports for use by the industry and government. Herb Congdon previously held positions in technical marketing, product line management, product engineering, process engineering, applications engineering and standards with TE Connectivity (formerly Tyco Electronics) and Corning Cable Systems (formerly Siecor Corporation).

Telecommunications Industry Association Issues New Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard on Data Center Switch Fabrics in Order to Support Cloud Computing Growth

Telecommunications Industry Association released ANSI/TIA-942-A-1 Cabling Guidelines for Data Center Fabrics Addendum, an addendum to TIA-942-A, that specifies telecommunications cabling guidelines for data center switch fabrics and topologies. ANSI/TIA-942-A-1 was created by TIA Engineering Subcommittee TR-42.1 in response to switch manufacturers' concerns about the structured cabling described in TIA-942-A. The traditional three-tier switch architecture needed additional content to fully enable the newer switch fabric architectures for data centers that support cloud computing to provide the low-latency, high bandwidth, any-to-any device network that cloud computing requires. In developing the standard, TR-42.1 involved not only users and cabling experts, but also experts involved in developing switch protocols and architectures. The subcommittee also surveyed the data center switch fabric architectures implemented by many manufacturers.

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