ATIS has 17 committees and forums with over 600 representatives from 200 different member companies. Learn more about the work of our specific groups below. Two important tools, the ATIS Contributions Database and Telecom Glossary can be reached here:
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A brief description of ATIS' committees:
The AIDC is involved in forefront initiatives to simplify the receiving, shipping, transportation, and tracing of telecommunications products through company and industry business processes—as well as the global supply chain. It establishes guidelines for common shipping labels, product marking labels, product changes, and software issuance standards. Through participating in the AIDC, ATIS members benefit from developing standardized industry solutions that may contribute to reducing costs and improving inventory management. They also help drive reductions in product life-cycle costs by identifying and standardizing new technology for product and package identification.
CSF promotes the integration of cloud technologies and network infrastructure to realize the cloud’s significant benefits. Central to its work is developing standards to enable the network to do more than it does today. This means delivering expanded product offerings including services on demand, and accelerating time-to-market for new innovations, lowering their cost, minimizing their complexity, and increasing scalability. CSF’s approach focuses on creating reusable service enablers to progress each of its work phases, and creating technical solutions in support of a global marketplace to help service providers seize the cloud’s full potential. Current priorities include content distribution network interconnection, the cloud services framework, inter-provider telepresence, and a Trusted Information Exchange (TIE) functional design.
Among its many initiatives, COAST leads forefront explorations into how the introduction of new technologies affects network synchronization. It also acts as the primary reviewer of contributions in this area to the ITU-T. One critical recent COAST initiative is examining how the introduction of new technologies impacts existing ones, with GPS systems being one example. At its core, the committee’s work consists of developing and recommending standards and technical reports for home, access, and transport network and synchronization technologies over copper and optical mediums.
ESIF provides a venue to facilitate the identification and resolution of technical and/or operational issues related to the interconnection of emergency services networks with other networks (e.g., wireline, cable, satellite, Internet, etc.). Discussions focus on the application of current and emerging technologies to maintain and support the interconnection of emergency services networks.
Recognized globally, the ATIS IIF is the leading developer of requirements, standards, and specification for IPTV. It develops some of the key innovations that are revolutionizing the way media will be experienced and are making a host of new and interactive entertainment options a reality. It does this by developing standards and facilitating related technical activities including testing for solutions in the areas of IPTV architecture, metadata, quality of service, and security.
With the increasing demand for telephone numbers in a society driven by mobile communication, ATISí INC is the source for ensuring all parties requesting numbers in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) work from the same guidelines. INC provides an open forum to address and resolve industry-wide issues associated with planning, administration, allocation, assignment, and use of NANP numbering resources within the NANP area.
IOC meets the evolving needs of the U.S. wireless telecommunications industry through managing and administering the International Mobile Subscriber Identities (IMSI), the 15-digit numbers used with mobile phones that allow service operators to identify mobile terminals for purposes of international roaming. The IOCís management function becomes increasingly important with efforts to explore whether IMSIs will have a key role in the public safety coding systems and enabling the M2M capabilities of next generation networks.
The M2M Committee has a multi-fold mission to address one of the industry’s most challenging problems. The current M2M ecosystem is complex, with many different vertical market segments, each with its own application-specific service layer. The proliferation of varying M2M implementations creates enormous potential to add to this complexity. Initially the M2M Committee will focus on detailing elements of the common service layer that will leverage core network capabilities and enable service providers to enhance the overall M2M ecosystem. It also will define the requirements for the interfaces to the application and transport layers. In its work, the Committee will leverage 3GPP-based networks for supporting M2M applications and services and is currently building relationships with high-priority vertical industry groups. It also serves as the venue to focus development of the North American M2M ecosystem and drive regional requirements, including North American regulatory requirements, into oneM2M – the global M2M initiative co-founded by ATIS.
Intercarrier Call Completion/Call Termination Handbook. Beyond the rural market, the best practices the Handbook sets forth make it a knowledge resource for the entire telecommunications industry.
The NGIIF addresses next-generation network interconnection and interoperability issues associated with emerging technologies. It develops operating procedures that involve the network aspects of architecture, disaster preparedness, installation, maintenance, management, reliability, routing, security, and testing between network operators. NGIIF addresses emerging issues such as the network traffic implications of auto-dialers and reaching agreements to improve call completion rates—a concern for rural carriers. As one of its success stories, in response to the rural call completion issue, NGIIF led an initiative that brought together American rural telecommunications associations, rural carriers, major national service providers, state-level regulators and the Federal Communications Commission to develop the
When it comes to preventing telecommunications system outages, reporting on them when they occur, and reducing their impact, the ICT industry looks to ATIS’ NRSC as the experts. The NRSC strives to improve network reliability by providing timely consensus-based technical and operational expert guidance to all segments of the public communications industry. As a trusted expert, the NRSC addresses network reliability improvement opportunities in an open, noncompetitive environment and maintains a user-friendly industry best practices website for guidance. It advises the industry primarily through developing and issuing standards, technical requirements, technical reports, bulletins, and filings to the FCC to advise on the innovation needed to advance and improve telecommunications system resiliency and reliability.
OBF provides a forum for telecommunications customers and providers to identify, discuss, and resolve national issues that affect ordering, billing, provisioning, and exchange of information about access services, other connectivity, and related matters.
The PRQC is a leading force in ensuring the network performs its best. It develops and recommends standards, requirements, and technical reports related to the performance, reliability, and associated security aspects of communications networks, as well as the processing of voice, audio, data, image, and video signals and their multimedia integration. PRQC also develops and recommends positions on, and fosters consistency with, standards and related subjects under consideration in other North American and international standards bodies.
develops and recommends standards related to services, architectures, signaling, network interface, next generation carrier interconnect, and emergency telecommunications service within next generation Networks, in addition to related subjects under consideration in other North American and international standards bodies. It reviews and prepares contributions on such matters for submission to U.S. International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Study Groups, and reviews the acceptability of other countries’ positions as they relate to standards development.
identifies, develops, and implements the resolution of issues impacting existing toll free products and services, as well as evolving technologies affecting future developments in the toll free industry. The Committee provides recommendations regarding design and management issues that have a direct effect on the system users. SNAC maintains the Industry Guidelines for Toll Free Number Administration and is a leader in developing standards and procedures for the interaction among responsible organizations, customers, and service providers.
The energy consumption of telecommunications equipment and the environmental impact of the materials of which it is made are increasingly factors in ICT business decisions. The STEP Committee provides the telecommunications industry with critical information on which to base such decisions. It engages industry expertise to develop standards and technical reports for telecommunications equipment and environments in the areas of energy efficiency, environmental impacts, and power and protection. STEP is committed to proactive engagement with national, regional, and international standards development organizations and forums that share its scope of work. In sum, STEP’s work enables vendors, operators and their customers to deploy and operate reliable, environmentally sustainable, energy efficient communications technologies.
TMOC develops operations, administration, maintenance, and provisioning standards, as well as other documentation related to Operations Support System and Network Element functions and interfaces for communications networks. Its emphasis is on standards development related to U.S. communication networks in coordination with the development of international standards.
coordinates and develops standards related to wireless/mobile services and systems; specifically, WTSC addresses radio access network, system network, and lawful intercept issues. WTSC lead the standardization of: the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) (now known as the Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN), the U.S. emergency communications network enabling mobile device users to receive Presidential, imminent threats to safety of life, and Amber alerts; the interim text-to-9-1-1 solution; and the requirements for a nationwide public safety LTE broadband network. It also assists in coordinating the North American input to the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), reviews and prepares contributions for consideration as ITU contributions or those for other domestic and regional standards organizations, and coordinates closely with other standards organizations such as TIA, IEEE, and ETSI.
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