Wireless Resources: Standards Groups

These organizations are responsible for defining, standardizing, regulating or promoting various wireless standards. Their Web sites provide a wealth of information about different applications.

Bluetooth Special Interest Group
The Bluetooth SIG seeks to develop, publish and promote the preferred short-range wireless specification for connecting mobile products, and to administer a qualification program that fosters interoperability for a positive user experience.

CDMA Development Group
The CDMA Development Group is an international consortium of service providers and manufacturers to promote the usage of CDMA wireless networks.to ensure interoperability.

The Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association
The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) represents all elements of wireless communication - cellular, personal communication services enhanced specialized mobile radio, and mobile satellite services - serving the interests of service providers, manufacturers, and others

The Federal Communications Commission
The FCC is an independent US government agency established in 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable

The GSM Association
GSM is the leading wide-area wireless network accross the world. This association tackles such issues as roaming and GPRS, and holds the annual 3GSM World Congress

ITU Radiocommunications Sector
The ITU-R effects allocation of radio frequency, particularly among geostationary satellites and seeks to coordinate efforts to avoid radio interference.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
The IEEE (Eye-triple-E) is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 377,000 individual members in 150 countries that publishes a broad array of technical standards, including IEEE 802.11b and its progeny.

Open Mobile Alliance
A joining of the WAP Forum and Open Mobile Architecture Initiative, the OMA seeks to remove barriers to interoperability and support a seamless and easy-to-use mobile experience for end users.

Wi-Fi Alliance
The Wi-Fi Alliance is a nonprofit international association formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of wireless Local Area Network products based on IEEE 802.11 specification.

WiMax Forum
The WiMax Forum is a nonprofit association formed in 2003 to promote interoperability of products based on the IEEE 802.16 specification.

Ultra Wideband Working Group
The Ultra Wideband Working Group has been established as an unofficial association of industry leaders and scholars with interest in UWB technology, as well as issues related to commercialization.

Zigbee Alliance
The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard.