New IEEE 802.11 Study Groups announced

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IEEE recently announced the formation of two new study groups focused on advancing the technology and deployment of the IEEE 802.11 standard, commonly referred to as ‘Wi-Fi’, in two specific areas: vehicular environments and broadcast services.

Both study groups are in their initial stage, currently encouraging stakeholder participation to define the scope of IEEE 802.11 standard amendments that address each group’s respective field of expertise.

The IEEE 802.11 Next Generation V2X (NGV) Study Group is exploring ways to leverage more recent 802.11 technologies to address new applications of wireless access in vehicular environments, where new requirements for higher throughput, improved reliability and efficiency, and/or extended range are anticipated.

The IEEE Broadcast Services (BCS) Study Group is exploring new use cases for simultaneously broadcasting local information over IEEE 802.11 WLAN without recipients needing to actively connect to an access point, and to do so with enhanced security features in place. Applications include broadcast of ‘local information’ at events, shopping malls, tourist attractions, train stations, airports, etc., but are also well suited for the broadcast of more fluid information, such as vehicular traffic updates, parking availability, emergency information, or information from IoT devices.