It’s been hot. In fact, it’s been unbearably hot. The kids are on vacation, half of my colleagues seems to be on vacation, and the other half (yours included) is trudging along August… Every day I thank Willis Carrier, the inventor of the modern air conditioner… (Although my husband swears air conditioning was invented to keep beer cold. I know I won’t win this battle, so let’s just leave it at that!)
After a very hectic first half of 2015, July was a welcome respite – no major shows or events, nothing urgent… but that grew old very fast! Although the second half of 2015 is coming up quickly, it is not fast enough for me. So it was a nice change of pace when a team from the Standards Association of the IEEE stopped by for a visit, and met with the Alliance’s President and the team.
The IEEE (pronounced ‘eye-triple-E’) is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and has been around since the 1800’s (you can read more about the organization’s story here.) The IEEE did not get their golden reputation by resting on their laurels, and they have an amazing scope of activities, including conferences, standards, professional and educational activities, publications and more.
The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) is the organization within IEEE that is responsible for, well, standards… According to their site, they “bring together a broad range of individuals and organizations from a wide range of technical and geographic points of origin to facilitate standards development and standards related collaboration.”
In January 2015, during CES, the Alliance announced that Specs 1.0 and 2.0 of the HDBaseT standard have been approved the organization for adoption as part of their standard portfolio – IEEE 1911 standard. As the Alliance’s President said then:
“This collaboration with the IEEE is a major milestone for HDBaseT and for the Alliance, as the IEEE is one of the leading standards organizations in the world. The adoption by IEEE will help enhance HDBaseT’s impact and influence in today’s connected world. We will be working together to further develop the HDBaseT technology for the benefit of HDBaseT’s and IEEE’s enormous constituency.”
We are looking forward to continuing working with the IEEE! Now back to August…