Dear SEC members,
This is a 10 day SEC email ballot
to make a determination by EC motion to approve the below 802.11g Press
Release. Please note I have placed a modifier on the closing time of
the ballot such that it may close no later than 10 days after
the start of the email ballot or as soon 24 hours after every
member of the EC casts a definitive ballot (APP, DIS or ABS). The reason
for the modifier is to allow the press release, if it is approved, to be
issued as quickly as possible.
The LMSC executive committee
approval of the below 802.11g Award press
Moved by Stuart Kerry
by Bob Heile
The email ballot opens on Monday Nov 24 6PM EST and
closes the sooner of Thursday Dec 4 6PM EST or 24 hours after
every member of the EC has cast a ballot, whichever comes first.
direct your responses to the EC reflector with a CC directly to me
- Paul Nikolich
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2003 5:11 PM
Subject: 802.11g Award for Technical Excellence Press Release
This is the press release motion I would like to put to
the 802 EC for consideration and approval under our LMSC P&P.
I will Move, and Bob Heile will
Dear 802 EC Members,
I have great pleasure to inform you all that 802.11 WG
has won a second prestigious award from PC Magazine.
The 20th Annual Awards for Technical Excellence
By the Editors of PC Magazine
November 18, 2003
I am very pleased to announce that the
IEEE 802.11 Working Group and the Wi-Fi Alliance have jointly been awarded the
PC Magazine 2003 award for Technical Excellence in the Protocol section for the
802.11gTM amendment, on Monday night at the Venetian Hotel,
Las Vegas, NV ceremony. Stuart J. Kerry (IEEE 802.11 Chair) and Frank Hanzlik
(Managing Director of Wi-Fi Alliance) were present to accept the award on behalf
of our members. The other two finalist in our category were Serial ATA and WS-I
We were in very good company during this ceremony, as
other awards were presented for "Person of the Year" - Carly Fiorina (HP) and
"Lifetime Achievement" - Scott Cook (Intuit) amongst others.
Winner: IEEE 802.11
Working Group and the Wi-Fi Alliance
"The IEEE's 802.11g standard
defines the way wireless LAN gear communicates at up to 54 megabits per second
while remaining backward-compatible with 11-Mbps 802.11b. This important
breakthrough enables streaming media, video downloads, and a greater
concentration of users without interference. In addition to technical hurdles,
the standards group had to overcome commercial rivalries and FCC rule changes to
enact the standard."
Press Release for
EC Motion approval, that has been worked on by IEEE, Paul Nikolich, and myself.
We believe that this event merits a press release, and therefore present the
text of the Draft release below:
DRAFT PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Stuart J. Kerry, IEEE 802.11 Working
+1 408 991 4854, email@example.com
Karen McCabe, IEEE Senior Marketing Manager
+1 732-562-3824, firstname.lastname@example.org
WIRELESS LAN PROTOCOL WINS
PC MAGAZINE AWARD FOR TECHNOLOGY EXCELLENCE
USA, __ Nov. 2003 – The IEEE 802.11g™ standard for higher-speed wireless
transmission in local area networks (LANs) has won the Protocol Category in PC
Magazine's 20th Annual Awards for Technical Excellence competition. This
standard was selected over two other finalists in the same category:
Serial ATA for storage devices and WS-I Basic Profile for interoperable
chose IEEE's 802.11g because it "defines the way wireless LAN gear communicates
at up to 54 megabits per second while remaining backward-compatible with 11-Mbps
802.11b™. This important breakthrough enables streaming media, video
downloads, and a greater concentration of users without interference."
Stuart J. Kerry, Chair of the IEEE
802.11™ Working Group for Wireless LANs, who accepted the award for the IEEE at
a ceremony at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, said: "This award is all
the more important to me because I know how technically astute the editors of PC
Magazine are. It's also significant that this is the second time an 802.11
standard has won this prestigious award. We received the first one for
PC Magazine's annual technical excellence awards
recognize "the products and technologies that moved the state of the art
forward, those that broke new ground." Winners of the current awards were
selected by the magazine's editorial and laboratory staff from products and
protocols that became available between September 2002 and September
"This award provides
additional recognition of the IEEE 802.11 working group as the preeminent
wireless LAN standards development organization," said Paul Nikolich, Chair of
the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee. The IEEE 802.11 working group is
part of this committee.
802.11g amendment, which raised the data rate of IEEE 802.11b networks to 54
Mbps from 11 Mbps, was released in June 2003. The Wi-Fi Alliance then
created an interoperability certification testing program for products based on
the standard. These products have proven highly successful in the global
wireless LAN market.
transmission speed added by IEEE 802.11g gives wireless networks the ability to
serve up to four to five times more users than they could with IEEE 802.11b.
This has opened possibilities for the use of IEEE 802.11 networks in more
demanding applications, such as wireless multimedia video transmission and
units are able to fall back to speeds of 11 Mbps, so IEEE 802.11b and IEEE
802.11g devices can coexist in the same network. Both standards apply to
the 2.4 GHz frequency band.
802.11 standards form a family of specifications that define how WLAN equipment
should be produced so equipment from different manufacturers can work together.
IEEE 802.11g, "Higher Speed Physical Layer (PHY) Extension to IEEE 802.11b," was
developed by the IEEE 802.11 Working Group, which is sponsored by the IEEE 802
LAN/MAN Standards Committee of the IEEE Computer Society. For
further information, visit: http://www.ieee802.org/.
About the IEEE Standards
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globally recognized standards-setting body, develops consensus standards through
an open process that brings diverse parts of an industry together. These
standards set specifications and procedures based on current scientific
consensus. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of more than 870 completed
standards and more than 400 standards in development. Over 15,000 IEEE
members worldwide belong to IEEE-SA and voluntarily participate in standards
activities. For further information on IEEE-SA see: http://www.standards.ieee.org/.
About the IEEE
The IEEE has more than 375,000 members in
approximately 150 countries. Through its members, the organization is a leading
authority on areas ranging from aerospace, computers and telecommunications to
biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE produces nearly
30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics
engineering, computing and control technology fields. This nonprofit
organization also sponsors or cosponsors more than 300 technical conferences
each year. Additional information about the IEEE can be found at
Stuart J. Kerry
802.11 WLANs WG
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