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Instead of having permanent subcommittees, TC 100 has technical areas (TAs) that are set up to prepare standards for a specific field of work and when that work is done the TA is then disbanded. This way of doing things generates greater efficiencies in the system, which helps to keep costs down by keeping bureaucracy at a minimum. TC 100’s ten technical areas are:

TA 1:    Terminals for audio, video and data services and content
TA 2:    Colour measurement and management
TA 4:    Digital system interfaces and protocols
TA 5:    Cable networks for television signals, sound signals and interactive services
TA 6:    Storage media, storage data structures, storage systems and equipment
TA 7:    (Merged to TA 6)
TA 8:    (Merged to TA 18)
TA 9:    (Merged to TA 8)
TA 10:    Multimedia e-publishing and e-book technology
TA 11:   (Merged to TA 4 and TA 20)
TA 12:   (Merged to TA 19)
TA 13:   (Merged to TA 19)
TA 14:   (Merged to TA 18 and TA 19)
TA 15:    Wireless Power Transfer
TA 16:    Active Assisted Living (AAL), wearable electronic devices and technologies, accessibility and user interfaces
TA 17:    Multimedia systems and equipment for cars
TA 18:    Multimedia home systems and applications for end-user networks
TA 19:    Environmental and energy aspects for multimedia systems and equipment
TA 20:    Analogue and digital audio

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At present, experts from 20 IEC national committees participate in helping to develop TC 100 standards, from the Americas, Europe and Asia, and plenary meetings can see as many as 80 people in a room discussing the finer points of this technology. These people truly are expert in this field and, while many of them come from some of the best-known companies in the world, others come from much smaller companies. For the IEC, the issue is not the size of the company; it’s the knowledge and expertise that any single individual can bring to standards development.

While TC 100 is primarily industry-driven with representatives of both manufacturers and end-users, people from government and academia participate as well, which infuses the discussions with alternative and equally important view-points. All-in-all, the overall TC 100 profile reflects its industry accurately.

Further contact information for TC 100 is also available.

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