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Chapter 8: Communications and Telecommunications Standards

This page contains definitions for child categories of the category referenced by the Chapter title.  The parent category for this page is the Chapter title, and is referenced as being "Up One Level."  The definitions for its children follow below the horizontal line.  The navigation options are listed below. 

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Category: Analog Terrestrial Mobile Systems

Definition:

Standards specific to the wireless transmission of analog information between two surface points, which need not be fixed.

   

  

   

Category: Digital Terrestrial Mobile Systems

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Standards specific to transmission of voice or information that includes the digitization of the voice or data as an integral part of the transmission process.

   

  

   

Category: Internet

Definition:

Standards specific to various forms of communications and messaging built upon the Internet Protocol (IP) standard.

   

  

   

Category: Interoperable Technologies

Definition:

Standards specific to the protocols and processes that mediate exchange of information between communications equipment, and that results in optimum signal quality and service level.

   

  

   

Category: Intra/Inter-Space Communications

Definition:

Standards specific to the protocols and characteristics of two-way communications between orbiting entities, interplanetary entities, and land earth stations.

Comments:

Alternate Definition: “Standards specific to the transmission of information that guides, controls, and brings scientific data to/from selected Earth-orbiting missions and interplanetary space missions, where several satellites, automated platforms, and spacecraft are included in the transmission path to reach the Earth.”

   

  

   

Category: Optical Communications

Definition:

Standards specific to the protocols and characteristics associated with the communication of information through optical media.

   

  

   

Category: Real-Time Protocols

Definition:

Standards specific to the delivery and management of multimedia data over unicast or multicast network services, where information exchange is immediate with negligible latency.

   

  

   

Category: Satellite Communications

Definition:

Standards specific to the formats and protocols used for the transmission of information where at least one satellite is included in the transmission path.

   

  

   

Category: Sensor Clusters and Networks

Definition:

Communications and Telecommunications standards specific to the transmission of information among a group of spatially separated sensors intended to be used in a collective manner.

   

  

   

Category: Streaming Protocols

Definition:

Standards specific to the methods whereby data is sent from one or more sources to one or more receivers where time sensitivity and broadcasting are important, and where some loss of data is tolerated.

   

  

   

Category: Telecommunication Services

Definition:

Standards specific to the reliable delivery and management of telecommunications regardless of the facilities used at the source and destination of the connections.

   

  

   

Category: Wired Communications

Definition:

Standards specific to the protocols and characteristics associated with the communication of information through electrical wired media.

   

  

   

Category: Wireless Communications

Definition:

Standards specific to the protocols and characteristics associated with the transfer of information via electromagnetic waves.

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