TIA Technology Programs Update Q3 – 2022

Data Center Program

We are pleased to welcome new participants Technavious Solutions, Nyveld Networks and Environmental Systems Design. On August 30, we held a Spanish-language webinar on TIA-942 El Standard de Centros de Datos y Como Certificarse with 468 registrations and 195 live attendees. The webinar can be viewed HERE on demand.

Upcoming events include the TIA-942 Tendencias Globales Modelo Hibrido conference in Lima, Peru where the Data Center Working Group will deliver a keynote presentation. Click HERE for program details and to register. They will also be hosting a panel of TIA members at the 7X24 Conference in San Antonio, Texas October 23-26.

We recently published two new blogs from contributing blogger Barry Elliot, Director at Capitoline on Immersion Cooling in the Data Center and Does the Data Center BMS/DCIM Need Its Own Dedicated UPS?.

At the end of August, 139 data centers received TIA-942 certification. That’s a 1407% increase compared to last year! The list of the TIA-942 certified data centers is available HERE.

To learn more about TIA’s Data Center Program initiatives and access resources, click HERE to visit the website.

For more information on how to get involved, please send an email to datacetnerinfo@tiaonline.org.


Smart Buildings Program

We’re pleased to welcome five new participants to the TIA Smart Building Program—CTS, Qypsys, Dialog Design, HGA, and HDR.

The SPIRE program has been continuing to run verified assessments and gain valuable feedback. In July of this year, Microsoft was the first to earn the verified SPIRE rating in multiple countries, which included buildings across their corporate campuses in Redmond, Washington; San Jose, Costa Rica; Dublin, Ireland; and Hyderabad, India. Celebrated at a SPIRE mark award ceremony, Microsoft’s three-star rating for all buildings was based on multiple factors, including a continuous cycle of planned technology upgrades, physical security of critical networks and building assets, flexible and robust reporting from connected building systems, cybersecurity practices and policies, and ongoing maintenance, support, and awareness of IT networks. Click Here to read the new case study on Microsoft’s SPIRE assessments.

The SPIRE program and Microsoft’s verified assessment was also recently covered by Betsy Conroy, contributing writer for Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine, in an article entitled, “TIA’s and UL’s SPIRE assessment gets to the core of smart buildings with connectivity criteria.” Click Here to read the article. The Microsoft SPIRE Verified Assessment was also covered in several publications and presented by Ryan Piaskowski of UL at the BOMA 2022 International Conference & Expo.

TIA recently released two new white papers written by several members of the TIA Smart Building Working Group:

  • The white paper “Smart Building Cybersecurity: Design Approach for Multi-Stakeholder” describes proven processes for multiple smart building stakeholders to come together during the early design phase to achieve a common vision and parameters for improving cybersecurity. Click HERE to download the paper.
  • The white paper, “Smart Building Connectivity Network” is based on the connectivity category’s assessment criteria developed by TIA’s Smart Building Working Group as part of the SPIRE Smart Building Assessment and Rating Program by UL Solutions. Click HERE to download the paper

Based on the new connectivity white paper, members of TIA for the SPIRE Smart Building Assessment and Verification Program by UL also held the webinar “Smart Building Connectivity: Technology for Future Ready Network Infrastructure” that explored the various elements and considerations of the smart building network infrastructure based on the technical assessment criteria. The webinar is now available HERE on demand.

In August, Justin Clausen, TIA Smart Buildings Working Group Member presented on “The Benefits, Limitations and Use Cases of Private Wireless Networks” at the virtual event Higher Education: The Connected Campus. Also in August, TIA Smart Buildings Working Group director Marta Soncodi participated in the panel, “Bulletproof Cybersecurity: Implementing A Defensive Plan For A Smart Building IoT Network” as Part of a Smart Buildings Summit, which is available Here  on demand.

The Smart Building Working Group was recently restructured to enable more efficient processes for projects and deliverables. To get involved and join newly formed committees, please send an email to smartbuildings@tiaonline.org.

Participation is free for full TIA members! Click HERE to learn more about TIA’s Smart Building Program.


Fiber Optics Technology Consortium

Webinar: Tipping Point Y23? Catalysts & Trends Impacting Network Evolution, presented by Ken Hall from Commscope

Globally, data center networks are evolving rapidly to deliver capacity as quickly and efficiently as possible. With 400G, 800G and soon 1.6T switch ports using 100G or 200G lanes, Hyperscale and Cloud providers continue to raise the bar to enhance their customer’s online experience. Critical to that mission is the ability of data centers to scale to meet demands cost-effectively while reducing or maintaining transaction times. These large providers accelerate standards’ development and their needs drive related eco-systems to develop and adapt. Data rates are increasing as are fibers per port. Networks are flattening to improve responsiveness and redundancy. Is the timing right to jump from duplex to parallel applications?

This webinar will highlight catalysts and trends impacting network evolution along with efficiencies that are rapidly developing to improve the data center footprint. From ASICs within the switch through fiber cabling and connectivity innovations, changes that enable and provide benefits not easily achievable through legacy options will be reviewed.

Watch Now: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/727/551723


Webinar: Caring for the SPF+, QSFP, QSFP-DD, OSFP optical transceivers in your network, presented by Brian Teague from SENKO ADVANCED COMPONENTS

Optical transceivers are a mission critical component for every optical network. The number of optical transceivers being used is growing quickly as organizations need to be able to reliably transmit information securely at higher data rates with faster transmission.

This webinar will review the different parts of optical transceivers and the common optical interconnect types including LC duplex, MPO and VSFF. It will cover some of the common challenges while working with optical transceivers and share practical ways to ways to address and avoid these challenges. This program is intended to provide helpful information to network installers, network designers and network owners who are or will be working with optical transceivers.

Watch Now: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/727/550780


The FOTC also had a recent article in CI&M — Rearchitecting central offices into data centers

Authored by Robert Reid, Panduit and John Shuman, Prysmian



Single Pair Ethernet Consortium

We recently held a webinar on The Challenges of 10Base-T1L Single Pair Ethernet Physical Layer Testing, presented by Dave Bessonen from Telebyte


This webinar provides an introduction to Single Pair Ethernet, the current status of standards for Physical Layer Testing, the types of testing, and how to meet the challenges that occur.

Watch Now: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/727/553770?utm_source=TelecommunicationsIndustryAssociation&utm_medium=brighttalk&utm_campaign=553770