Overview: The Wireless Communications Technologies Group (WCTG) is a group in the Advanced Network Technologies Division (ANTD), one of several divisions in the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), which in turn is one of several Measurement and Standards Laboratories in the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST (see the separate entry on NIST in Articles and Resources, and the further information at the end of this entry). The mission of the Wireless Communications Technologies Group (WCTG) is to: meet the needs of the US wireless communications industry for testing and measurements; contribute to the development of industry-consensus national and international standards for wireless communications; and conduct basic and applied research in wireless communications in support of testing, measurements, and standards. The WCTG began its operations on September 15, 1997, establishing contacts and collaborations with several government agencies, and becoming involved with national and international standardization bodies and industry fora. In the third year of operation WCTG projects produced a number of products, ranging from software prototypes of wireless communication systems, contributions to wireless standards, unbiased evaluations of wireless systems/testbeds/technologies, and publications in scholarly journals and international standards. Ongoing projects, as of July 2004, includes: Wireless Ad Hoc Networks, including MANETs; Wireless Ad Hoc Sensor Networks; Ad Hoc Network Systems and Applications; NIST Distributed Testbed for First Responders; and Communication and Networking Technologies for Public Safety.
Specifications: The following webpage is a useful reference for standards organizations and resources: http://www.antd.nist.gov/wctg/manet/safetylinks.html#STANDARDS n
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Current Status: Active
Last Updated: April 14, 2010