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We had expected the need for an Opening Ceremony in Beijing to recognize meeting sponsors and possibly CCSA, but all have all chosen to decline. Opening Ceremonies are fairly costly to produce, further stressing the session budget, so rather than attempting to produce one on our own, the better part of valor in this case is not to have one. By the way, there is no hidden message in the declines, in case you wondering. It is just the way things worked out. In any event, you now have some extra time for your WG/TAG activities.
We will still be publicly recognizing WSN and Huawei, but in other ways. WSN made it possible to hold the session by acting as our local host and provider of the invitation letters for the visas. Huawei is graciously contributing $20k to the Session treasury. We owe them both a vote of thanks for their support
Bob Heile, Ph.D
Chairman Emeritus & Chief Technologist, ZigBee Alliance
Chair, IEEE 802.15 Working Group on Wireless Personal Area Networks
Co-Chair IEEE P2030 Task Force 3 on Smartgrid Communications
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North Attleboro, MA 02763 USA
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