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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE SA) is an operating unit within IEEE that develops global standards in a broad range of industries, including: power and energy, artificial intelligence systems, internet of things, consumer technology and consumer electronics, biomedical and health care, learning technology, information technology and robotics, telecommunication and home automation, automotive, transportation, home automation, nanotechnology, information assurance, emerging technologies, and many more.
IEEE SA has developed standards for over a century, through a program that offers balance, openness, fair procedures, and consensus. Technical experts from all over the world participate in the development of IEEE standards.
IEEE SA provides a neutral platform that unites communities for standards development and technological innovation and is independent of any government oversight. IEEE SA develops standards that are consensus-based and has two types of standards development participation models. These are individual and entity.
IEEE SA is not a body formally authorized by any government, but rather a community. ISO, IEC and ITU are recognized international standards organizations. ISO members are national standards bodies such as American ANSI, German DIN or Japanese JISC. IEC members are so called National Committees, some of which are hosted by national standards bodies. These are not identical to ISO members. Both IEC and ISO develop International Standards that are consensus-based and follow the "one country one vote principle", representing broad industry needs. Their standards cannot be sponsored by individual companies or organizations.
The 2021-2022 IEEE SA President is Jim Matthews. Jim has been active in IEEE for over 28 years. He belongs to the IEEE SA, IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Power & Energy Society, and the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society. Jim has also been a member of the ANSI Board since 2001, IEC Vice-President and SMB Chair, and was an ITU-T Rapporteur for over 10 years. Previous Presidents of the IEEE SA include Robert S. Fish (2019-2020), F. Don Wright (2017-2018), Bruce Kraemer (2015-2016, and Karen Bartleson (2013-2014).
The 2021 Chair of IEEE SA Standards Board (SASB) is Gary Hoffman. Previous SASB chairs include J.P Faure and John Kulick.
In March 2020, IEEE Standards Association Open - SA Open, (for open source software) announced Silone Bonewald as its new Executive Director.
IEEE SA has two membership options that enable enhanced participation in IEEE SA activities, standards development, and governance. These are:
At IEEE SA, participation is open to everyone. However, IEEE SA Individual or Corporate Members benefit from enhanced participation privileges. IEEE SA Members enjoy added benefits, including but not limited to the ability to hold working group positions, vote on standards, assume leadership positions in standards working groups and activities, and participate in elections for IEEE SA governing bodies. The IEEE has various related programs in addition to standards development, including Industry Connections, Registries, Conformity Assessment, Alliance Management Services, and IEEE SA Open (for open source).
Each year, the IEEE SA conducts over 200 standards ballots, a process by which proposed standards are voted upon for technical reliability and soundness. In 2020, IEEE had over 1,200 active standards, with over 650 standards under development.
One of the more notable are the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN group of standards, with the widely used computer networking standards for both wired (ethernet, aka IEEE 802.3) and wireless (IEEE 802.11 and IEEE 802.16) networks, IEEE 1547 Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems, and ISO/IEEE 11073 Standards for Health Informatics.
The IEEE standards development process can be broken down into six basic steps:
IEEE SA supports the development, production, and distribution of standards by:
Because the IEEE's standards often incorporate technologies that are covered by one or more patent claims, the IEEE SA has developed and added to its governing bylaws a patent policy to ensure both that the implementers using the standard-essential patented technology in their standard-compliant products have access to that technology and that the patent holders that voluntarily contribute those technologies to the standard receive adequate compensation for the implementers' use. An important part of the IEEE patent policy is the FRAND commitment, which is a voluntary contractual commitment signifying that a patent holder with patented technology that has been adopted into one of the IEEE's standards will accept as adequate compensation a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory royalty for third-party use of that technology. Most standard-setting organizations have developed similar patent policies with similar commitments.
In 2014, the IEEE SA became the center of a large academic debate among economic and legal scholars when it appointed an ad hoc committee to recommend and subsequently draft amendments to the IEEE patent policy, to which the IEEE Board of Governors gave final approval in February 2015 and which went into effect in March 2015. The IEEE said that the reason for the amendments was to increase the clarity of the patent policy and the obligations that the patent policy's FRAND commitment imposes on patent holders seeking to enforce their standard-essential patents. One particularly controversial amendment was a provision that prohibited patent holders from seeking injunctions and exclusion orders (from the ITC) against infringers of standard-essential patents.
The Antitrust Division stated its support for the 2015 patent policy revisions in a business review letter that it issued in January 2015, upon request from the IEEE SA. In the letter, the Antitrust Division said that the provisions would unambiguously produce net benefits for consumers with insignificant anticompetitive implications. At least one commentator has criticized the Antitrust Division's legal and economic analysis put forth in its business review letter of the revisions, claiming that the Antitrust Division exaggerated the patent policy's procompetitive benefits and wrongly dismissed as unlikely some of its potential anticompetitive costs.
The IEEE Get Program makes some standards publicly available for download: This program grants public access to view and download current individual standards at zero charges. On July 11, 2017, the IEEE Get Program moved to the IEEE Xplore digital library website and standards eligible for the program past that date will only be made available there. On September 1, 2017, the original website was decommissioned and remains, without further updates, to redirect visitors.
A member-elected IEEE SA Board of Governors (BOG) directs the activities of the IEEE SA to establish and maintain policy, provide financial oversight and conduct standards-related activities within IEEE technological fields. It also establishes and oversees boards and committees to carry out the work of the IEEE SA. These boards and committees include:
The IEEE SA BOG has eight Strategic Management and Delivery Committees  to address strategic focus areas that are necessary and critical for the IEEE SA to achieve long-term organizational objectives. These are:
|IEEE P80||Guide for Safety in AC Substation Grounding|
|IEEE 255||Standard Letter Symbols for Semiconductor Devices, IEEE-255-1963|
|IEEE 260||Standard Letter Symbols for Units of Measurement, IEEE-260-1978 (now 260.1-2004|
|IEEE 488||Standard Digital Interface for Programmable Instrumentation, IEEE-488-1978 (now 488.1)|
|IEEE 519||Recommended Practice and Requirements for Harmonic Control in Electric Power Systems|
|IEEE 603||Standard Criteria for Safety Systems for Nuclear Power Generating Stations|
|IEEE 610||Standard Glossary of Software Engineering Terminology|
|IEEE 754||Floating point arithmetic specifications|
|IEEE 802.1||Standards for LAN/MAN bridging and management and remote media access control (MAC) bridging|
|IEEE 802.2||Standards for Logical Link Control (LLC) standards for connectivity|
|IEEE 802.3||Ethernet Standards for Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection (CSMA/CD)|
|IEEE 802.4||Standards for token passing bus access|
|IEEE 802.5||Standards for token ring access and for communications between LANs and MANs|
|IEEE 802.6||Standards for information exchange between systems|
|IEEE 802.7||Standards for broadband LAN cable|
|IEEE 802.8||Fiber-optic connection|
|IEEE 802.9||Standards for integrated services, like voice.|
|IEEE 802.10||Standards for LAN/MAN security implementations|
|IEEE 802.11||Wireless Networking – "WiFi"|
|IEEE 802.12||Standards for demand priority access method|
|IEEE 802.14||Standards for cable television broadband communications|
|IEEE 802.15.2||Bluetooth and Wi-Fi coexistence mechanism|
|IEEE 802.15.4||Wireless Sensor/Control Networks – "ZigBee"|
|IEEE 802.15.6||Wireless Body Area Network (BAN) – (e.g. Bluetooth low energy)|
|IEEE 802.16||Wireless Networking – "WiMAX"|
|IEEE 802.24||Standards for Logical Link Control (LLC) standards for connectivity|
|IEEE 828||Configuration Management in Systems and Software Engineering|
|IEEE 829||Software Test Documentation|
|IEEE 830||Software Requirements Specifications|
|IEEE 854||Standard for Radix-Independent Floating-Point Arithmetic, IEEE-854-1987 (replaced by IEEE-754-2008 and newer)|
|IEEE P1003.1||Portable Operating System Interface – – POSIX|
|IEEE 1016||Software Design Description|
|IEEE 1028||Standard for Software Reviews and Audits|
|IEEE 1044.1||Standard Classification for Software Anomalies|
|IEEE 1059||Software Verification And Validation Plan|
|IEEE 1073||Point of Care Medical Device Communication Standards|
|IEEE 1074||Software Development Life Cycle|
|IEEE 1076||VHDL – VHSIC Hardware Description Language|
|IEEE 1180||Discrete cosine transform accuracy|
|IEEE 1233||System Requirements Specification|
|IEEE 1275||Open Firmware|
|IEEE 1284||Parallel port|
|IEEE P1363||Public key cryptography|
|IEEE 1394||Serial bus – "FireWire", "i.Link"|
|IEEE 1471||software architecture / system architecture|
|IEEE 1541||Prefixes for Binary Multiples|
|IEEE 1547||Standard for Interconnection and Interoperability of Distributed Energy Resources with Associated Electric Power Systems Interfaces|
|IEEE 1584||Guide for Performing Arc Flash Hazard Calculations|
|IEEE 1588||Precision Time Protocol|
|IEEE 1609||Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments (WAVE)|
|IEEE P1619||Security in Storage Working Group (SISWG)|
|IEEE 1625||Standard for Rechargeable Batteries for Multi-Cell Mobile Computing Devices|
|IEEE 1666||IEEE Standard for Standard SystemC Language Reference Manual|
|IEEE 1667||Standard Protocol for Authentication in Host Attachments of Transient Storage Devices|
|IEEE 1701||Optical Port Communication Protocol to Complement the Utility Industry End Device Data Tables|
|IEEE 1801||Unified Power Format|
|IEEE 1849||IEEE Standard for eXtensible Event Stream (XES) for Achieving Interoperability in Event Logs and Event Streams|
|IEEE 1855||IEEE Standard for Fuzzy Markup Language|
|IEEE 1901||Broadband over Power Line Networks|
|IEEE 1906.1||Recommended Practice for Nanoscale and Molecular Communication Framework|
|IEEE 1914||Next Generation Fronthaul Interface Working Group|
|IEEE 1914.1||Standard for Packet-based Fronthaul Transport Networks|
|IEEE 1914.3||Standard for Radio Over Ethernet Encapsulations and Mappings|
|IEEE 2030||Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS), End-Use Applications, and Loads|
|IEEE 2030.5||Standard for Smart Energy Profile Application Protocol|
|IEEE 2050||RTOS for embedded systems standard|
|IEEE 2143.1||Standard for General Process of Cryptocurrency Payment|
|IEEE 2413||Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things (IoT)|
|IEEE 2418.2||Approved Draft Standard Data Format for Blockchain Systems|
|IEEE 2600||Hardcopy Device and System Security (and related ISO/IEC 15408 Protection Profiles)|
|IEEE 3001.4||Recommended Practice for Estimating the Costs of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems|
|IEEE 7010||Recommended Practice for Assessing the Impact of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems on Human Well-Being|
|IEEE 12207||Information Technology – Software life-cycle processes|
|IEEE C37.2040||Standard Cybersecurity Requirements for Substation Automation, Protection, and Control Systems|
|IEEE Switchgear Committee||C37 series of standards for Low and High voltage equipment|
|IEEE Transformers Committee||C57 series of standards for the design, testing, repair, installation and operation and maintenance of transformers|
The IEEE SA recognizes outstanding standards development participation through various award categories.
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