- IEEE Announces New, Revised and Reaffirmed Standards and Development Activities

Smart Grid, EPONs, Train Control, Medical Information Transmission and Social Networking Among the Applications Addressed by Newly Approved Standards and Development Projects

Shuang Yu, Marketing Manager
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PISCATAWAY, NJ, 17 May 2012 - IEEE, the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, today announced a host of new, revised and reaffirmed standards and standards-development activities. Detailed information on the standards and projects recently approved by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board is available on the IEEE-SA website.

Among the new standards that have been published is IEEE 1409™ “IEEE Guide for Application of Power Electronics for Power Quality Improvement on Distribution Systems Rated 1 kV Through 38 kV.” A standard of prime relevance to the global smart grid, IEEE 1409 is designed as a resource for electric utility providers seeking to implement electronic-based equipment in distribution systems in order to improve power quality. The standard presents guidelines and performance expectations for such custom power devices. IEEE 1409 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

Newly published revised standards include IEEE 367™ “Recommended Practice for Determining the Electric Power Station Ground Potential Rise and Induced Voltage from a Power Fault.” The updated standard for power and telecommunications engineers offers guidance for calculating and managing power-station ground potential rise (GPR) and longitudinal induction (LI) voltages in metallic telecommunication protection design. IEEE 367 can be accessed with subscription at IEEE Xplore® Digital Library..

Among the standards-development projects that the IEEE-SA approved are four that are intended to expand the IEEE 802® family of standards covering personal, local and metropolitan area network interfaces for evolving wired and wireless networking technologies:</>

  • IEEE P802.3bk™ “Draft Standard for Information technology--Telecommunications and information exchange between systems--Local and metropolitan area networks--Specific requirements Part 3: Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection (CSMA/CD) Access Method and Physical Layer Specifications Amendment: Physical Layer Specifications and Management Parameters for Extended Ethernet Passive Optical Networks” is being developed to extend the optical loss budgets supported by Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (EPONs). In this way, the standard would be designed to support broadband service providers in utilizing EPONs for higher-density and longer-reach applications, while optimizing costs of ownership.
  • IEEE P802.15.4p™ “Draft Standard for Local and metropolitan area networks--Part 15.4: Low-Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks (LR-WPANs) Amendment: Positive Train Control (PTC) System Physical Layer” is being developed to specify an IEEE 802.15.4™ physical layer (PHY) and any associated media access control (MAC) changes necessary for use in equipment intended to address U.S. PTC regulatory requirements and similar requirements that may be adopted in other geographic regions.
  • IEEE P802.15.4n™ “Draft Standard for Local and metropolitan area networks--Part 15.4: Low-Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks (LR-WPANs) Amendment: Physical Layer Utilizing Dedicated Medical Bands in China” is being developed to define an IEEE 802.15.4 PHY and associated MAC layer changes that are necessary for utilizing the 174-216 MHz, 407-425 MHz and 608-630 MHz frequency bands approved by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for medical information transmission.
  • IEEE P802.15.8™ “Wireless Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications for Peer Aware Communications (PAC)” is being developed to provide a global standard for scalable, low-power and highly reliable wireless communications for burgeoning social networking, advertising, gaming, streaming, emergency and peer-to-peer applications for mobile devices with the awareness of their relative positioning.


IEEE-SA also reaffirmed a number of standards, including IEEE C57.13.1™ “IEEE Guide for Field Testing of Relaying Current Transformers,” which is intended to describe field-test methods that assure that current transformers are connected properly, are of marked ratio and polarity and are capable of performing as designed. IEEE C57.13.1 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store

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