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Re: +++Press News Byte - 802.15

Bob -
Jim -

I'm with Geoff on this one.  It is not clear to me that we need a "ballot 
in principle" here - my take on this is that we have an established 
principle that any WG that wishes to can issue a press release, but that on 
a case-by-case basis we want to see and approve the the text before it goes 

I have a few problems with the text - if the quoted scope & purpose are 
really the text that the  SB approved in March, it surprises me slightly 
that they didn't want the wording changed. to fix the first of these. So 
for the present, I vote no.

Firstly, it is not clear what it means to ..."achieve a level of
interoperability or coexistence with other 802.15 Task Groups." Does this 
mean that they send liaisons to each other & don't drink the other group's 
break-time refreshments? Presumably the intent is that products based on 
the standards produced by the TGs will coexist/interoperate, but that is 
not what the words say.

Secondly (& its probably way too late to fix this one), I have to say that 
POS is an unfortunate acronym to have chosen...

Thirdly, instead of talking about " work towards...coexistence 
with other wireless devices" in the abstract, it might be more informative 
to give an indication of what other types of device  this might involve.

Fourthly, I agree with Geoff's point re lack of linkage to the goals of 

I would suggest the way out here is to move away from direct quotes of the 
PAR material & write it in a more accessible/informative style. If they 
want to read the actual PAR you could provide a pointer to the relevant 
page on the IEEE website.


At 01:48 07/04/00 -0500, Jim Carlo wrote:

>Issue Date: 6April2000 Closing Date: 11April2000
>Moved By: Bob Heile
>Seconded By: Jim Carlo
>Move: Authorize (In Principal after more edits) IEEE News Byte for IEEE
>March 30, 2000, Piscataway, NJ--- IEEE 802.15 WPAN Standards Project on High
>Rate WPANs Approved
>The IEEE-SA Standards Board recently approved a new project request (PAR)
>for wireless personal area networks, designated P802.15.3, Wireless Medium
>Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications for High Rate
>Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPAN). This new project will be conducted
>within the 802.15 Working Group, as part of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN committee
>(winner of the IEEE Millenium Medal), which is sponsored by the Computer
>Society of the IEEE.
>The project's scope and purpose, approved at the 30 March 2000 Standards
>Board meeting, is as follows:
>Scope of Proposed Project: This project will define the PHY and MAC
>specifications for high data rate wireless connectivity with fixed, portable
>and moving devices within or entering a Personal Operating Space (POS). A
>goal of the WPAN-HR (High Rate) Task Group will be to achieve a level of
>interoperability or coexistence with other 802.15 Task Groups. It is also
>the intent of this project to work toward a level of coexistence with other
>wireless devices in conjunction with Coexistence Task Groups such as
>Purpose of Proposed Project: To provide a standard for low complexity, low
>cost, low power consumption (comparable to the goals of 802.15.1) and
>high data rate wireless connectivity among devices within or entering the
>Personal Operating Space (POS). The data rate will be high enough, 20 Mbps
>or more, to satisfy a set of consumer multimedia industry needs for WPAN
>communications. The project will also address the Quality of Service
>capabilities required to support multimedia data types.
>For more information, please contact Bob Heile, Chair of 802.15 at
>, John Barr, Chair of  theTask Group for P802.15.3 on High
>Rate WPANs at, Jim Allen, Vice Chair of Task Group for P802.3
>at or visit the 802.15 Web site at
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