FAIRFAX, VA–-InfoComm International has been recognized as an American National Standards Institute Accredited Standards Developer. InfoComm's standards will be developed as international standards and, as warranted, will be presented for adoption by the International Standards Organization (ISO).
InfoComm's exclusive focus in standards development is on system performance, rather than individual product or technology standards. This program will provide the industry with performance standards that AV companies can build their systems to meet, while giving the industry's customers clear industry standards on which they can rely.
"ANSI recognition of InfoComm as a Standards Developer represents a dramatic next step in the association's advancement of industry quality improvement programs," said InfoComm standards committee chair, Scott Walker, CTS-D, LEED AP, of Waveguide Consulting. "Standards define a profession, demonstrate a commitment to professional self-regulation, and acknowledge the profession's responsibility to the public."
InfoComm will lead this activity under its Performance Standards Committee, but the standards created will benefit the whole industry and its customers. All InfoComm standards will be developed through a disciplined ANSI process to reach consensus among everyone involved with AV systems.
"Several years ago InfoComm's Board of Governors had the foresight to recognize the need for a more professional identity for the AV industry, and realized that industry standards is a way to improve the industry and benefit consumers," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director, InfoComm International. "Through the vigorous efforts of numerous industry volunteers, the Performance Standards Steering Committee has developed two inaugural proposed standards: Sound Coverage, under the direction of Frederick J. Ampel, Technology Visions, and Projected Image. In December of 2007 the InfoComm Board approved these as the first two standards to be developed. Through rigorous debate and compromise, the industry will be able to establish these, and future standards, that will guide designers, installers, and customers for years to come."