The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has formed a new Multimedia Engineering Subcommittee, TR 41.5, to work on standardization issues related to systems architecture required to support multimedia at customer
sites. The new committee will
also act as the focal point for various multimedia projects in residential and commercial environments. According to subcommittee chair Jim Romlein, president of MIS Labs, key action items for the multimedia
committee are determining "what the customer interface box will be," where it will stand at customer sites, and how it will support the transport layer
and the many requirements of products and services developers. Some suggested areas for standardization include specifications for front and
backend pieces and the card cage, according to Romlein.