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Task Group 8 (TG8)

Peer Aware Communications


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This standard defines PHY and MAC mechanisms for Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPAN) known as Peer Aware Communications (PAC). PAC is optimized for peer to peer and infrastructureless communications with fully distributed coordination.

PAC features include:

• discovery of peer information without association,

• discovery signaling rate, typically 100 kbps,

• scalable number of devices during discovery,

• scalable data transmission rates, typically 10 Mbps,

• simultaneous multi-group communications, typically up to 10,

• relative positioning,

• multi-hop relay,

• security,

• operation in globally available unlicensed/licensed bands below 11 GHz capable of supporting these requirements.

Current Status

TG8 received NesCom approval on March 30th 2012. Call for Applications was issued. TG8 held its first meeting at the 802.15 Interim meeting in Atlanta May 2012. During the meeting, the group selected TG officers. Presentations were given on response to Call for Applications, and agreed on the TG procedure and timeline.

TG8 approved Technical Guidance Document and Channel Models Document during the July 2012 meeting. Call for Proposals was issued during the March 2013 meeting. TG8 started discussing PAC Framework Document, based on submitted proposals, from the September 2013 meeting. PAC Framework Document was approved and Call for Contributions is issued during the January 2014 meeting. TG8 started discussing harmonization of proposals targeting the specification draft during the July 2014 meeting.

During the September 2014 meeting, TG8 started drafting the specification for high level MAC items, including network synchronization, frame structure, data transmission period, discovery and peering. The UWB PHY specification was presented for data transmission. During the November meeting, TG8 began to introduce specification text for: distributed network synchronization procedure, frequency channel selection, distributed open-loop power control for the CFP, narrowband, wideband and UWB PHYs. TG8 started discussing about security for PAC and adaptive random access for the CAP.

During the January 2015 meeting, TG8 started defining MAC/PHY superframe parameters for synchronization, discovery, peering and communication period. Also, TG8 started discussing MAC/PHY General Requirements and Services and ranging for the UWB PHY. During the March 2015 meeting, TG8 finished the distributed network synchronization specification, channel scanning, PHY general requirements and services, MAC architecture and MAC Tx, Rx, and Ack scheme. During the May 2015 meeting, TG8 finished editorial changes to acronyms, definitions and general description of the specification; Also TG8 addressed MAC topics as MAC commands, channel access, device discovery and MAC addressing for unicast and multicast. During the July meeting, TG8 approved text for the UWB PHY related to relative positioning and location, as well as peering, depeering and closed loop power control for the MAC.

IEEE 802.15 TG8 Project Main Documents

IEEE 802.15 TG8 Time Line

TG FormationMarch 2012
TGD Approval / Call For ProposalsMarch 2013
Preliminary Proposal PresentationMay 2013
Final Proposal PresentationJuly 2013
PFD Approval / Call For ContributionJanuary 2014
Harmonization MilestoneNovember 2014
Draft SpecificationMarch 2015
Initial Letter BallotMay 2015
Sponsor BallotMarch 2016
RevCom SubmissionJuly 2016

How to participate

  • Participate by attending our Meetings.

  • TG8 conducts its discussions on the 802.15 TG8 Private Mailing List.  You can learn more about the 802.15 Mailing Lists by pointing your browser here.


Sessions & Milestones

Status Year Month Venue Agenda Closing Report Minutes
SG 2011 Nov Atlanta 15-11-0754-00 15-11-0809-01 15-11-0848-01
2012 Jan Jacksonville 15-12-0003-00 15-12-0065-00 15-12-0078-00
Mar Waikoloa 15-12-0097-01 15-12-0185-00 15-12-0174-01
PAR Approved / Call for Applications
TG 2012 May Atlanta 15-12-0225-01 15-12-0295-02 15-12-0300-01
July San Diego 15-12-0330-00 15-12-0426-00 15-12-0435-00
Nov San Antonio 15-12-0591-00 15-12-0665-00 15-12-0030-00
2013 Jan Vancouver15-12-0690-00 15-13-0088-01 15-13-0086-00
Mar Orlando 15-13-0115-01 15-13-0187-00 15-13-0188-00
Technical Guidance Document and Channel Models Document Approved / Call for Proposals
TG2013 May Waikoloa 15-13-0291-01 15-13-0334-00 15-13-0343-00
July Geneva 15-13-0363-01 15-13-0473-01 15-13-0476-02
Sept Nanjing 15-13-0489-03 15-13-0558-00 15-13-0569-00
Nov Dallas 15-13-0624-02 15-13-0725-00 15-13-0726-00
2014 Jan Los Angeles 15-14-0023-01 15-14-0086-00 15-14-0101-00
PAC Framework Document Approved / Call for Contributions
2014 Mar Beijing 15-14-0157-02 15-14-0202-00 15-14-0212-00
May Waikoloa 15-14-0227-01 15-14-0330-00 15-14-0337-00
July San Diego 15-14-0361-01 15-14-0466-00 15-14-0485-01
Sept Athens 15-14-0509-01 15-14-0588-00 15-14-0596-01
Nov San Antonio 15-14-0610-01 15-14-0683-00 15-14-0696-02
TG 2015
Jan Atlanta 15-15-0001-02 15-15-0075-01 15-15-0099-00
Mar Berlin 15-15-0144-01 15-15-0263-02 15-15-0270-00
May Vancouver 15-15-0297-00 15-15-0421-01 15-15-0444-00
July Waikoloa 15-15-0502-01 15-15-0598-00 15-15-0602-00

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