Recent Standards Activity: 802.16 WirelessMAN™, 802.15 WPAN and ZigBee

One of the most often heard questions in wireless business is, “What’s next?” Among the emerg-ing applications with potential for large mar-kets are various short range wireless systems and city-wide wireless access systems. For these application families to reach their potential, a unified set of stan-dards is needed to assure that products manufactured by the various companies are compatible with one another.We will focus on three specific standards groups: the IEEE 802.15 Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) group, the IEEE 802.16 Metropolitan Area Network (WirelessMAN) group and the ZigBee Alliance. Each of these standards groups have active standards development committees, and their recent activities are the subject of this report.