The next meeting of 802.11 and 802.15 will take place at the Radisson
Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ, the week of September 18th-22nd,
2000. See IEEE
802.11 Meeting Plan for details. There was a discussion of options
for the venue for the January, 2001 Interim. The week of January 15th was
the leading choice. Options under consideration include Orlando, FL, and
San Francisco, CA. A final determination will be made in September.
Work in Task Group B - the Corrigendum of 802.11b's MIB:
Task Group B finished work on the 802.11b-cor MIB and Annex A. The results will be published to the web in the draft documents area. The final report is in document 00/228. The 802.11 Working Group Plenary session voted to include MIB and Annex A changes to 8802-11 amd2 as comments. Victoria Poncini resigned as the chair of TGb-cor1. Carl Andren was elected as the new chair.
Work in Task Group D - Update of Regulatory Domains:
Task Group D met to resolve comments received in response to letter ballot 22. Comments on the letter ballot were processed, and the resolutions were accepted and recorded in document 00/221. The new draft with change bars was released as document 802.11d/D1.9 in the draft documents area. The Working Group plenary passed a motion that 802.11d Draft 2 (file 802.11d-D2.pdf) be forwarded to ExCom to be issued for sponsor ballot. The Task Group report is in document 00/220 .
Work in Task Group E - MAC Enhancements:
The purpose of Task Group E is to: Enhance the current 802.11 MAC to
expand support for applications with Quality of
Service requirements. Provide improvements in security, and in the capabilities and efficiency of the protocol. These
enhancements, in combination with recent improvements in PHY capabilities from 802.11a and 802.11b, will increase overall
system performance, and expand the application space for 802.11.
During the July meeting, Task Group E formally adopted the set of requirements. The adopted requirements are in document 00/245r1. This activity required all the meeting time of TGe, so the presentation of submitted papers was deferred until the September meeting.
In the September meeting, TGe will continue to refine the evaluation criteria and simulation environments, and will accept new submissions and proposals.
Work in Task Group F - Inter Access Point Protocol:
Task Group F adopted a set of functional requirements, which were accepted by the WG Plenary. TGf will perform some work for TGe in the area of making some minimal changes to the formal definition of the MAC SAP(s) to support IAPP.
In the September meeting, TGf plans to entertain IAPP proposals to meet functional requirements. It will cut off additional DS environment contributions. TGf will generate a First Draft of IP IAPP, which will be written/selected for 11F review.
Regulatory Ad-Hoc Group Activities:
The purpose of the Regulatory ad-hoc group is to prepare letters or presentations to national, regional and global bodies involved in regulatory matters to obtain spectrum for standards under preparation by 802.11 and then maintain and protect spectrum used by devices working according to approved standards developed by 802.11.
The regulatory ad-hoc group dealt with the subject of the FCC NPRM 99-231. The working group passed a motion to approve document 00/216d4 for submission to the FCC as an 802.11 Position Statement, anticipating addition of 802.15 as a joint submitter.
The group generated document 00/241r1 on the subject of the Liaison to ETSI-BRAN, which was approved by a motion in the working group to submit to the Chair of ETSI-BRAN.
Work on the RLAN parameters for sharing with satellites was deferred until the next meeting.
Study Group - Higher Rate Extension to 802.11B:
The purpose of the Higher Rate IEEE 802.11b Study Group is to investigate technical extensions that are interoperable with the IEEE 802.11b-1999 standard and that can lead to higher than 20Mbps data rates and other performance improvements
During the week of July 10th, the group drafted and approved Call for Intent to Propose. An informative IEEE press release was drafted and approved, announcing the new PAR and formation of TGg. There were five technical papers and proposals presented. Four inter-meeting teleconferences were scheduled to continue the work in progress.
Although the IEEE 802.11 Working Group and the Higher Rate 802.11b Study Group have both approved the PAR and 5 Criteria unanimously, and the 802.11 WG received absolutely no objections to the PAR by any other 802 Working Group or individual at the July 2000 meeting, the ExCom has directed another 802.11 WG vote via Letter Ballot to reaffirm support of the PAR and 5 Criteria. Letter ballot 23 has been distributed to the voting members of 802.11.
The HRb SG report is in document
Marketing Ad-Hoc Group Activities:
The purpose of the Marketing ad-hoc group is to generate marketing collateral and overview material on 802.11 for the working group. The materials will be used to keep the working group informed on new develop on WLAN from a market perspective.
During the July meeting, the marketing group held a joint meeting with 802.15, and discussed positioning in the market between 2.4GHz and 5GHz. A press release and response "place holder" for the FCC NPRM were drafted. The group is continuing to develop a marketing presentation and overview materials for general use by the working groups. The report is in document 00/181.
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