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TIA TR-8 Committee on Mobile and Personal Private Radio Standards Begins Work on LMR Intrinsic Safety and Signal Boosters and Elects New Leadership

Arlington, VA (May 10, 2013) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced that its TR-8 Mobile and Personal Private Radio Standards Engineering Committee has elected new leadership.  The election was held during TR-8’s meeting in Kansas City, MO, April 23-24, 2013, where the committee launched a new working group on Intrinsic Safety considerations, began discussion on use of signal boosters and awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to departing TR-8.25 Subcommittee Chair Tess Zagaruyka.

In the meeting, TR-8.21 LMR Intrinsic Safety Considerations Subcommittee announced an open invitation to join the ANSI/TIA-4950-A working group, which is leading the effort to revise ANSI/TIA-4950 Requirements for Battery-Powered, Portable Land Mobile Radio Applications in Class I, II, and III, Division 1, Hazardous (Classified Locations). Signal Booster Systems Working Group #7 (WG7) of the TR-8.11 Engineering Subcommittee provided a summary of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) February 20, 2013 –issued Report and Order amending its rules to improve wireless communications through the use of signal boosters. TR-8.11 WG7 invited all interested participants to join the working group, especially those with detailed knowledge of LTE and TDMA.

TIA congratulates the following newly elected chairs and vice-chairs for assuming leadership roles in the TR-8 Mobile and Personal Private Radio Committee and its subcommittees:

  • David VanderStaay, Systems Staff Engineer at Thales Communications, Inc., was reelected chair of the TR-8.3 Encryption Subcommittee.
  • Tom Senese, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Motorola Solutions, was elected vice chair of the TR-8.3 Encryption Subcommittee.
  • Jim Eastwood, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Motorola Solutions, was reelected chair of both the TR-8.5 Signaling and Data Transmission Subcommittee and the TR-8.15 Common Air Interfaces Subcommittee.
  • Robert Speidel, Advisor, Regulatory and Standards at Harris Corporation, was reelected chair of the TR-8.17 RF Exposure Subcommittee.
  • Terry Mansfield, Fellow of the Technical Staff at Motorola Solutions, was elected a vice chair of the TR-8.17 RF Exposure Subcommittee.
  • Jerry Drobka, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Motorola Solutions, was reelected chair of the TR-8.19 Wireline System Interfaces Subcommittee.
  • Jim Holthaus, Director, Product Marketing at RELM Wireless Corporation was elected chair of the TR-8.25 Compliance Assessment Subcommittee.

“I am extremely pleased with the new and returning subcommittee leadership,” said John Oblak, TR-8 chair and Vice President of Standards and Regulatory affairs, EF Johnson Technologies. “They bring a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success to the process.” 

Nominations for vice-chair positions for TR-8.5, TR-8.21, TR-8.29 and TR-8.25 are now open. In addition, elections for TR-8.21 will be held at the August 2013 meeting and the subcommittee is now accepting nominations for chair and vice-chair positions.

TR-8 also honored Tess Zagaruyka for her outstanding leadership of the TR-8.25 Compliance Assessment subcommittee for half a decade, and for 20 years of active participation in the work of TR-8. Ms. Zagaruyka has been a very effective committee leader and brought approximately 22 documents to publication. The ICT industry has truly been well-served by Tess’s outstanding service to TR-8.

“Tess has been a strong and effective leader of the subcommittee,” said Oblak. “We’ll miss the dedication and professionalism she brought to the process.”

The next TR-8 meeting will be held in August 2013 in Anaheim, CA. TIA welcomes all our participants to attend and engage in the committee meetings.

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