CTA Launches New Standards Projects on VoIP Systems, Encryption, Security and Closed Captions at Spring Forum

CTA Launches New Standards Projects on VoIP Systems, Encryption, Security and Closed Captions at Spring Forum

Elisha_Telecom_NewsSAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ today concluded its Technology & Standards Spring Forum by launching new standards projects to define battery backup requirements for VoIP systems, create a list of deprecated cybersecurity methods and update the CTA Technical Report #12, Securing Connected Devices for Consumers in the Home. The week-long event featured presentations, panel discussions and collaboration among more than 130 consumer technology experts in attendance on a wide variety of topics including health and fitness wearables, consumer audio, video, IoT, energy efficiency and drones.

“After a week of coordination, collaboration and networking, we’re proud of our industry’s efforts to help develop and deliver the latest technologies to consumers,” said Dave Wilson, vice president, technology & standards, Consumer Technology Association. “We thank our sponsors – the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association, the Personal Connected Health Alliance, and Kavi – for supporting the ongoing work of product managers, software and hardware architects, software engineers, technical project managers and others involved in product development.”

A recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling required residential VoIP providers to offer new subscribers backup power solutions that provide 911 access for 24-hours during a power outage. In response, CTA is developing new standards that will define methods and specifications for providing this backup power. Interested parties can join “R07 WG20 VoIP Battery Backup Working Group.”

Also, CTA’s Consumer Technology Networking Committee has begun developing a list of deprecated methods for consumer technology devices. Deprecated cybersecurity methods are not typically recommended for consumer technology devices, as they may not be sufficiently secure. Interested parties can join R07 WG18 Home Networking Security and Privacy Working Group.

In addition, the committee began updating the CTA Technical Report Securing Connected Devices for Consumers in the Home, which provides guidance on considerations during product development to help ensure that end products are as secure from hackers as possible. Interested parties can join “R07 WG18 Home Networking Security and Privacy Working Group.”

CTA’s TV Data Systems Subcommittee authorized a new project on next generation closed captioning that will be used in ATSC 3.0. CTA will develop interoperability tools including test materials for the new ATSC candidate standard, A/343, Captions and Subtitles, which is based on W3C timed text technology known as IMSC1. Interested parties can join “R04.03 WG01 DTV Closed Captioning.”

Parties interested in joining any of the mentioned working groups should visit standards.CTA.tech.

Panel discussions at the forum focused on the use of consumer health & fitness technology by both consumers and healthcare professionals, the security of IoT devices and on a system developed by NASA for standardized testing of drones. There were also presentations from the Broadband Forum, HDMI Licensing LLC, the HomePlug Alliance, the Wireless Broadband Alliance and the Z-Wave Alliance.

CTA is seeking proposals for presentations or panel discussions at its next Technology & Standards Forum, Oct. 18-20 in Austin, TX. Space will be available for industry alliances interested in hosting their own meetings at the Forum. For further details or to submit a proposal contact Veronica Lancaster, director, technology & standards, at vlancaster@CTA.tech.

About Consumer Technology Association:

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM is the trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.


  • CES on the Hill
    April 19, Washington, DC
  • Digital Patriots Dinner
    April 20, Washington, DC
  • CES Asia 2016
    May 11-13, Shanghai, China
  • CEO Summit
    June 21-24, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Innovate!
    September 20-22, San Jose, CA
  • Technology & Standards Fall Forum
    October 18-20, Austin, TX
  • CT Hall of Fame Dinner
    November 9, New York, NY
  • CES 2017
    January 5-8, Las Vegas, NV


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