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How CTA Standards Affect Your Business

CTA will highlight several new industry standards initiatives covering a range of consumer technologies from health and fitness to over-the-top television to drones at CES 2017. Join us to learn how these standards impact your company:

Measuring Sleep

CTA’s Health & Fitness Technology Subcommittee recently completed its first standard on wearable sleep monitors. Approved as an American National Standard, ANSI/CTA-2052.1, Definitions and Characteristics for Wearable Sleep Monitors, defines terms used to describe sleep and wakefulness. It also indicates how what is being defined is measured or calculated. “Initial sleep onset time,” for example, might be indicated by decreased body temperature, slowing heart rate or decreased muscle activity. This standard was a cooperative effort between CTA and the National Sleep Foundation. The two organizations are focusing their efforts on how devices can measure sleep parameters in standardized ways.

Over-the-Top Video

The Web Application Video Ecosystem (WAVE) project is a global effort by leading content, infrastructure, technology and consumer device companies to improve the handling of internet-delivered commercial video on consumer devices and reduce the difficulty faced by content creators in distributing video to these devices. The WAVE Project is building “profiles” – standards that identify necessary elements from other standards, all of which are part of the end-to-end video equation. WAVE’s goal is to reference accepted industry standards where possible and avoid creating new protocols. Existing standards like HTML5, MSE/EME, DASH, HLS and others factor into the equation. Once WAVE finishes its profiles, it plans to develop interoperability tools for industry to ensure solid compatibility for devices and reduced complexity and uncertainty for content companies.


CTA is bringing together security-focused industry groups to discuss best practices to address cybersecurity issues. The Security Summit at CTA’s Technology & Standards Forum in Austin, TX, brought the FIDO Alliance, the Internet Society, the Online Trust Alliance and the Trusted Computing Group together to discuss the best practices they’ve developed for building, maintaining, and using devices and services in the most secure manner possible. CTA also worked with Cigital, a firm specializing in cybersecurity, to develop an online tool that companies can use to self-assess their cybersecurity efforts and show how the company is doing compared to an anonymized group of industry peers.


CTA’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Working Group is developing a standard for assigning serial numbers to consumer drones. The industry is working together on this project in response to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) work.

Dave Wilson