Industry Input Sought On Two New Activities

Marilyn Kornfeld

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.

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