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
Seconded 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
Please 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
By the Editors of PC Magazine
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 Basic Profile.
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 Group Chair
+1 408 991
Karen McCabe, IEEE Senior Marketing Manager
+1 732-562-3824, firstname.lastname@example.org
WIRELESS LAN PROTOCOL WINS
PC MAGAZINE AWARD FOR TECHNOLOGY EXCELLENCE
N.J., USA, __ Nov. 2003 - The IEEE 802.11g(tm) 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 web services.
PC Magazine 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(tm). 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(tm)
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 IEEE 802.11b-1999."
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
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.
The IEEE 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.
The 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 broadcast
IEEE 802.11g 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.
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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through an open process that brings diverse parts of an industry together.
These standards set specifications and procedures based on current
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Stuart J. Kerry
802.11 WLANs WG
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