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The Mission-Critical Operation of Sending Halloween Pics to Grandma

Halloween kicks off a time of heightened multimedia sharing, as families and groups of friends eagerly send images and videos of the day’s activities via social media directly to loved ones.

These days we take for granted all of the underlying systems that make this multimedia frenzy possible, but it’s fascinating to recognize not only how far we’ve come with infrastructure, but the extent to which IEEE standards are at work within the mix of technologies.

When computers first emerged, engineers expected glitches. Downtime was commonplace and every incident could be viewed as a moment of enlightenment. After all, we weren’t yet reliant on them for our livelihoods. Over the years our ability to cope with downtime has diminished. More is at stake. Standards hold the promise of fluid operations.

For example, IEEE 1363™-2000 addresses public key cryptography for heightened security. And a standard that certainly can come into play during peak holiday activity in the future is IEEE 2200™-2012, a standard for Stream Management in Media Client Devices. Users should also know that IEEE 1903™-2011 helps to enable and maintain traffic flows in local area networks based on the needs of consumers.

Ultimately, IEEE’s virtualization standards affect everything from email to Netflix to national defense. Thankfully, this makes Halloween a lot less scary.

Have you had “scary” experiences when it comes to network reliability? Let us know your thoughts and why you think IEEE standards play a critical role enabling communication technologies that affect consumers.

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