IEEE P802.11 - LIGHT COMMUNICATION (LC) TASK GROUP (TG) - MEETING UPDATE


Status of IEEE 802.11 Light Communication TG

Nikola Serafimovski (pureLiFi), Chair
Tuncer Baykas (Mediopol University), Vice-Chair
Gaurav Patwardhan (HPE), Technical Editor - MAC layer
Volker Jungnickel (HHI), Technical Editor - PHY layer
Ryan G. Mennecke (JHU-APL), Secretary

The work of the LC Topic Interest Group (TIG) and the LC Study Group (SG) has now completed with the creation of the 802.11 Light Communications Amendment - Task Group "bb".

The IEEE 802.11bb Task Group on Light Communications is focused on introducing necessary changes to the base IEEE 802.11 Stds to enable communications in the light medium - access to the approved Project Authorization Request (PAR) and the Criteria for Standards Development (CSD).

This amendment specifies a new PHY and modifications to the IEEE 802.11 MAC that enable operation of wireless light communications (LC). Specifically, a PHY that provides:

This amendment specifies changes to the IEEE 802.11 MAC that are limited to the following: The project will also address the security of the transition between the new LC PHY and the existing 802.11 PHYs as well as the security implications in supporting Fast Session Transfer.

Page Contents

Background
Goals
Participation
November 2018
September 2018
July 2018
May 2018
March 2018
January 2018
November 2017
September 2017
July 2017
May 2017

Background

Light Communication was a new Topic Interest Group (TIG) that started within the IEEE 802.11 working group aiming to determine the technical and economic opportunity presented by using the light medium for wireless communications. The introduction of light emitting diodes (LED) for general purpose lighting has created a growing interest in using the visible light spectrum for wireless communications.

The work of the TIG completed with the formation of the LC Study Group.

The IEEE 802.11 Working Group approved the Project Authorization Request (PAR) and Criterial for Standards Development (CSD) produced by the LC Study Group (SG) at the January 2018 meeting. Comments received from the rest of the IEEE 802 Working Groups were discussed and addressed by the LC SG in March 208. The updated PAR and CSD documents where then approved by the IEEE 802.11 Working Group and uninaimously approved by the IEEE 802 Executive Committee in March 2018. The revised documents were approved by the IEEE Standards Association Standards Board in May 2018 for the creation of the new Light Communications amendment to the IEEE Std. 802.11.

Goals

The goal of the Topic Interest Group was to determine the technical and economic opportunity presented by using the light medium for wireless communications. The goal of the LC SG was to define the appropriate scope for a potential IEEE amendment on Light Communications. The goal of the LC TG is to define the technical specifications.

It is felt that the IEEE 802.11 is the best forum to drive forward the global standardization efforts for light communications with manufacturers, operators and end customers all present druing the standardization process. The progression of this work into a TG will help users within home, enterprise and industrial environments, as well as assist manufacturers and operators to provide common components and services for IEEE 802.11 customers.

Participation

Participation in the 802.11 LC TG can be achieved through:


November 2018

Main documents

Achievements

The committee completed its agenda items for the meeting.

The meeting minutes can be found here.


September 2018

Main documents

Achievements

The committee completed its agenda items for the meeting.

The meeting minutes can be found here.


July 2018

Main documents

Achievements

The committee completed its agenda items for the meeting.

The meeting minutes can be found here.


May 2018

Main documents

Achievements

The committee discussed the possible timeline and work that should be completed by the new Task Group along with additional contributions on various usage models, use-cases for automotive and commercial solutions for classified.

The meeting minutes can be found here.

The IEEE Standards Associations Standards Board approved the creation of the new IEEE Std. 802.11 amendment on Light Communications. This resulted in the creation of a new Task Group - `bb'.


March 2018

Main documents

Achievements

The committee discussed the submitted comments against the draft PAR/CSD and agreed resolution in the final text. The comment resolution can be found here.

The meeting minutes can be found here.

The IEEE 802.11 Working Group approved the Project Authorization Request (PAR) and Criterial for Standards Development (CSD) produced by the LC Study Group (SG) at the March 2018 meeting.


January 2018

Main documents

Achievements

The committee discussed the submitted comments against the first draft PAR/CSD and agreed resolution in the final text. The committee finally agreed to pass the completed draft PAR and draft CSD for submission to the 802.11 Working Group.

The meeting minutes can be found here.

The IEEE 802.11 Working Group approved the Project Authorization Request (PAR) and Criterial for Standards Development (CSD) produced by the LC Study Group (SG) at the January 2018 meeting. Pending comments and confirmation from the IEEE 802 Executive Committee and NesCom in March 2018, this should result in the creation of a Task Group to work on an LC amendment to the IEEE 802.11 standard. The motions for the approval of the PAR and CSD at the closing plenary can be found on slide 8 and slide 9, respectively.


November 2017

Main documents

Achievements

The main achievements of this meeting were the presentation and discussion on a number of different use-cases, the creation of a consolidated list of key performance indicators that the eventual ammendment should target, the completion of a draft Project Authorization Request (PAR) and Criteria for Standards Development (CSD) ready for comment collection.

A conference call to discuss the first set of comments against the draft CSD and PAR will be held on 30 Nov.

Please check here for the agreed time (right hand side of the page).


September 2017

Main documents

Achievements

The main achievements of this meeting were the dicsussion on the applicability of the existing Letters of Assurance within the 802.11 to a potential new standard, agreement on the timeline for the SG, appointment of the officers for the group and contributions to define the scope of the PAR/CSD.


July 2017

Main documents

Achievements

The main achievements of this meeting were the creation of the LC SG, a tutorial to the larger IEEE 802 community on LC, the completion of the final TIG report on LC and a presentation of the summary findings of the LC TIG to the 802.11 Working Group.


May 2017

Main documents

Achievements

The main achievements of this meeting were Administration Volker Jungnickel (Fraunhofer HHI) appointed as the Secretary John Li Qiang (Huawei) appointed as the Editor Structure


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