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Use Standards Education to Stand Out

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Approximately 90% of all households in the United States use wireless services and an estimated $1.1 trillion is spent on wireless communications worldwide. But just three decades ago, none of the wireless technology we know today existed.

What started as a simple business need – wireless cash registers – became IEEE 802.11, the international standard commonly known as Wi-Fi®, established to get manufacturers and consumers involved in sharing compatible products.

Wi-Fi continues to push the boundaries of innovation decades after its inception. Think of all the devices you use every day that require Wi-Fi technology, from smart phones to solar panels, GPS navigation systems and more. With the addition of Wake-Up Radio, the groundbreaking new technology developed by the IEEE 802.11ba standards task group, wireless devices will have significantly improved battery life, driving innovation and exciting new applications.

“In a nutshell, standards fuel the development and implementation of technologies that influence and transform the way we live, work and communicate,” says Dr. Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director of the IEEE Standards Association. “Wi-Fi already underpins wireless networking applications around the world, such as wireless access to the internet from our offices and homes, but also from airports, hotels, restaurants, trains and even aircraft – and the number of devices that are connected wirelessly is expanding at a furious pace. The standard’s relevance has grown further with the emergence of new applications, such as smart grids and monitoring technologies in the healthcare industry.”

Beyond Wi-Fi

And Wi-Fi isn’t the only standard that affects our daily lives. Several thousands of standards support ongoing technological innovation and allow products to work seamlessly for consumers around the world.

IEEE’s standards-related activities contribute to innovations that define today’s technologies and future technologies, including creating and connecting smart cities worldwide, addressing electric power systems communications, and enabling secure vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure wireless communications.

Standards Education

Mars Space Colony: A Game of Standardization from IEEE

Practicing engineers will encounter or use technical standards with great frequency. They’ll need to know about standards in advance of developing new products to ensure that performance, safety, and environmental factors are built in from the start.

This means engineers who understand standards before entering the workforce are more valuable. IEEE resources provide insight into what standards are and how to create them. To learn more about how understanding standards will help new engineers stand out to potential employers, watch Standing Out with Standards: Transition from University.

And be sure to check out Mars Space Colony: A Game of Standardization, an exciting, hands-on, team-building experience that teaches how standards are developed. The game is crafted by experts with 20+ years’ experience in high-stakes, real-world technical standards development.


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(29 Dec 2017). Standing Out with Standards: Transition from University. IEEE Standards University.

(13 Oct 2017). IEEE Standards Fulfill the 2017 World Standards Day Theme: “Standards Make Cities Smarter”. Beyond Standards.

(27 Sept 2016). Standards Education: Strategic Standardization. IEEE Standards University.

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Understanding How Technical Standards are Made & Maintained

standards process IEEE standards universityStandards are used by people around the world, in various industries and professions. From healthcare, to education, energy, construction, environment, technology and more, published specifications and procedures help maximize the reliability of materials, products, methods, and services. Standards are the foundation for the development and implementation of technologies that transform the way we live, work and communicate.

IEEE is one of several Standards Development Organizations (SDOs), which develop and maintain standards. SDOs adhere to fair and equitable processes that ensure the highest quality outputs and reinforce the market relevance of standards.

The Standards Process

While the goals of each SDO are essentially the same, each organization has its own rules, processes and terminology.

IEEE uses a time-tested, effective and trusted process. The six stages of this process lifecycle are:

  1. Initiating the Project. A formal request is submitted by an individual or entity (known as a Sponsoring Body) for review and evaluation.
  2. Mobilizing the Working Group. Once the request is approved, the sponsor follows the SDO’s rules and processes to recruit and assemble a collaborative team (IEEE refers to this team as a “Working Group”) of volunteers to engage in active standards development.
  3. Drafting the Standard. The team members engage in meetings, draft and review position pieces, create and review presentations, examine data and engage in active discussion and debate to resolve outstanding issues. All this leads to the gradual definition of each standard, which is compiled into a draft standard that may undergo multiple revisions.
  4. Balloting the Standard. Once a draft standard has been finalized, reviewed and approved by the Working Group, it’s submitted to the sponsor who forms a balloting group consisting of persons interested in the standard. Group members will comment, discuss and then vote to approve the standard.
  5. Gaining Final Approval. The balloted draft is submitted to the Review Committee and then to the Standards Board for approval. Once it’s reviewed and accepted, the approved standard is published and made available for distribution and purchasing within a number of outlets, including through the SDO itself.
  6. Maintaining the Standard. Standards are “living documents,” which may be initially published and iteratively modified, corrected, adjusted and/or updated based on market conditions and other factors.

Mars Space Colony: A Game of Standardization

IEEE offers an exciting, hands-on, team-building experience that teaches how standards are developed. Check out Mars Space Colony: A Game of Standardization. It’s crafted by experts with 20+ years’ experience in high-stakes, real-world technical standards development.


The Standards Development Lifecycle. IEEE.

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Why Technical Standards are Essential in Product Development

IEEE Standards Game Mars ColonyYou may not even be aware of it, but we use standards every day. In industries from communications and media, to healthcare, construction, energy and more, standards help ensure safety, reliability and environmental care, and contribute to the enhancement of our daily lives.

Standards are published documents that establish specifications and procedures designed to ensure the reliability of the materials, products, methods, and/or services people use every day. In engineering and technology industries, technical standards establish uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes and practices developed through an accredited consensus process.

Using Standards All Day, Every Day

Providing a common global language for product development, standards make it possible for cell phones to communicate with each other anywhere in the world, for bank cards to fit into any cash machine, for consumers to buy a light bulb for just about any lamp in any store, and for them to be able to plug that lamp into an electrical outlet.

Standards are everywhere and play an important role in the economy. They provide:

  • Safety and reliability. Users perceive standardized products and services as dependable, which raises user confidence, increases sales and grows technology acceptance.
  • Government policy and legislative support. Regulators and legislators refer to standards to protect user and business interests.
  • Compatibility and interoperability. When products and services comply with standards, devices work together.
  • Business benefits, such as market access, economies of scale and innovation.
  • Consumer choice. Standards provide the fundamental building blocks for product development and make it easier to understand and compare competing products. Mass production based on standards provides a greater variety of accessible products to consumers.

To learn more about technical standards and standards development, check out Mars Space Colony: A Game of Standardization. It’s the first standards development simulation game, crafted by experts with 20+ years’ experience in high-stakes, real-world technical standards development.


(14 October 2015). Imagine a world without standards. Touchstone.

Why we need standards. ETSI.

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