TIA, GWTCA Collaborate on Smart Buildings Program
Monday, April 23, 2018 | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association (GWTCA) announced they will collaborate on TIA’s industrywide Smart Buildings Program to share knowledge, create documentation and unify an informed market ecosystem for the communications, real estate and smart communities sector.

“Smart buildings are the building blocks that will support the digital transformation of smart cities,” said TIA CEO Wes Johnston. “TIA is leading industry collaboration to develop next-generation smart buildings, and we are excited to partner with the GWTCA to contribute public-safety, public service and public transit expertise to the Smart Buildings Program.”

TIA launched the Smart Buildings Program to address the recognized need for a standards development organization to unify the broader ecosystem of smart buildings under a recommended framework of best practices. With significant existing standards in and related to building infrastructure already in place, TIA will address the need to aggregate existing standards in support of other organizations and continue to develop standards and other architectures to inform smart building stakeholders how to fully integrate connectivity to new and retrofit building projects.

GWTCA brings its commitment to improving local and federal usage of wireless communications infrastructure to the program. The two organizations will work to create tangible outcomes, including the definition of interoperability certification and the identification of common protocols.

TIA and GWTCA signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize this working relationship. The agreement between the two technology associations will prove to be mutually beneficial, with efforts to grow the initiative and market the continued progress accordingly.

“We’re excited to be able to provide our input into the TIA process,” said GWTCA President Andrew Maxymillian. “TIA represents the gold standard in trade associations in certifications and protocols. GWTCA believes that it can provide an important viewpoint in this process.”

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