Is The PCCA?
PCCA is a non-profit organization formed to provide a forum for ALL
companies and individuals interested in interoperable mobile computing
purpose of the PCCA is to enable, develop, and promote the adoption of
software and hardware standards and recommendations for interoperable mobile
computing and communications.
Was the Portable Computer and Communications Association Formed?
PCCA was formed to help promote interaction among all the companies involved
in designing, marketing, and implementing wireless communications and mobile
computing products and services.
identified the need for an organization where all these different companies
and individuals could meet to discuss common issues, work toward common
communications standards, and help promote the acceptance of mobile wireless
Is the PCCA Different from other Organizations?
PCCA Charter states that our purpose is to enable, develop, and promote
the adoption of software and hardware standards for interoperable mobile
computing and communications.
are the only organization addressing issues across all the communications
and computing platforms. Most of the other organizations are concerned
only with a small portion of the overall wireless activity.
PCCA believes each segment is important in the implementation of wireless
mobility, and there MUST be interaction and interoperability across multiple
communications solutions if end users are to adopt wireless as a way of
PCCA is not in competition with any other organizations. Instead, we have
invited representatives from other organizations to sit on our advisory
board and to assist us in our goals.
Is the Goal of the PCCA?
PCCA is a non-profit corporation formed to promote the acceptance of wireless
mobility. It provides a meeting place where competitors can work side-by-side
for the common good of the industry, where corporate implementors can come
to obtain information, and where the good of the industry comes before
the specific objectives of any one member.
Kind of People Make Up the Membership?
levels of the PCCA have been structured to permit various levels of participation
from large, medium, and small companies, individuals, and other organizations
working toward our common goals.
encourage membership from companies and individuals not only from within
the various industries, but also from those who will be using these technologies
in real-world situations. Our desire is to not only work with vendor members,
but also with the user community to provide feedback for future wireless
top two membership levels (Executive and Associate) provide for two representatives
from each company. The trend we are seeing is that one is generally a top
manager and the other is from the technical side of the organization.
are Some of the Accomplishments of the PCCA?
PCCA Modem Standards Committee has recently finished its work on NDIS.
Wireless NDIS, or STD-201 as it is officially designated, will allow software
developers to add wireless capability to Windows applications such that
they can work uniformly over any wireless wide area data modem or network,
including Analog and Digital Cellular, Ardis, CDPD, Metricom, Mobitex,
and future broadband and narrowband PCS networks.
PCCA Modem Standards Committee's previous achievements include the release
of PCCA STD-101, a Wireless AT Command Set that is an open data link interface
for switched and packet-switched wide-area network modems.
other standards have been developed that can be accessed from the page
for the standards and architecture
Other Concerns Does the PCCA Expect to Address in the Future?
PCCA intends to continue addressing the complex issues that result in the
overlap between mobile computing, wireless networking, applications and
Often Does the PCCA Meet?
PCCA has been holding general meetings in conjunction with major conferences.
As committees develop, the chairmen will schedule meetings at their discretion.
The PCCA standards and architecture committee meets about once per quarter.
Do I Get When I Join the PCCA?
general, members will be able to have a major influence on the direction
and progress of mobile communications by taking an active role in endorsement
of standards. The PCCA offers a forum to bring together all mobile computing
participants. Informational mailings will be aimed at keeping members abreast
of developments in the wireless communications arena.
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