Hope everyone had a safe journey back (or to IETF93).
I have submitted the revision PAR for 15.3 with the original title (though MyProjext deleted "IEEE" all on its own) for consideration at the upcoming NesCom meeting in September. Since this title does not really reflect what the standard does, I thought getting
some thoughts out on this now might pave the way for fixing this at some future point.
By way of background:
IEEE Standard for Information technology-- Local and metropolitan area networks-- Specific requirements-- Part 15.3: Wireless Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications for High Data Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks(WPAN)
Original Title without boilerplate:
Standard for Wireless Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications for High Data Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks(WPAN)
Original Title without boilerplate and obvious text:
Standard for High Data Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks(WPAN)
The heartburn would seem to be around the proposed deletion of the two words "Personal Area". The issue is that "Personal Area" does not describe what this standard does since the applications supported are, by and large, anything but "personal" and/or personal
Geoff suggested I might consider thinking about this in terms of the MAC, which I thought was a really sensible idea. The 15.3 MAC was designed from the beginning as a true Mulit-Media MAC rather than one optimized for LAN applications. It has robust GTS capabilities,
a variable contention access period, and the ability to dynamically adjust to maximize throughput. Things you would expect for Multi-media and the reason it was chosen as the base standard for the 2 current ammendments.
So maybe a title which read:
"Standard for High Data Rate Wireless Multi-Media Networks" (or versions containing more of the non essential boilerplate) would be not only more accurate but also more acceptable.
I would appreciate your thoughts or alternative suggestions.
Bob Heile, Ph.D
Director of Standards, Wi-SUN Alliance
Chair, IEEE 802.15 Working Group on Wireless Specialty Networks
Chair IEEE 2030.5 Working Group for Smart Energy Profile 2
Co-Chair IEEE P2030 Task Force 3 on Smartgrid Communications
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