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February 06, 2017 - Open for Revision: E1.31, a.k.a. sACN
E1.31, Entertainment Technology—Lightweight streaming protocol for transport of DMX512 using ACN, describes a mechanism to transfer DMX512 A packets over a TCP/IP network using a subset of the ACN protocol suite. It covers data format, data protocol, data addressing, and network management. It also outlines a synchronization method to help ensure that multiple sinks can process this data concurrently when supervised by the same controller. E1.31 was last revised in 2016 to incorporate DMX512A universe synchronization. The Control Protocols Working Group is now opening the document for revision limited to the incorporation of IPv6 and to correct errors. Input on additional features is not being sought at this time.

February 06, 2017 - Public Comment Period Open for Five ESTA Draft Standards
Five Technical Standards Program draft standards are newly posted for public comment. These documents are all up for reaffirmation by their respective working groups, meaning they have been published for as long as five years and the consensus body is considering republishing them with no substantive changes. Comments on the draft standards will be accepted through the end of the day on 3 April 2017. Download the documents, review instructions, and review forms at http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php.

January 10, 2017 - Industry Pledges to Save the TSP

51 Companies and Individuals Pledge to Save the TSP – Join Them Today

When ESTA learned it would be losing a long-term source of revenue, the association faced the loss of almost a third of its income in 2017. The immediate impact of this is to endanger the survival of ESTA’s ANSI-accredited Technical Standards Program (TSP). The ramifications of this would be enormous to the entertainment technology industry. Upon hearing of the situation, Ford Sellers, Senior Product Manager at Chauvet Lighting, commented “The work that is done by the TSP is indispensable. It is central to our industry…In fact, it is what makes us an industry, instead of just a bunch of individual projects.”

 

January 09, 2017 - 51 Companies and Individuals Pledge to Save the TSP Join Them Today
When ESTA learned it would be losing a long-term source of revenue, the association faced the loss of almost a third of its income in 2017. The immediate impact of this is to endanger the survival of ESTA’s ANSI-accredited Technical Standards Program (TSP). The ramifications of this would be enormous to the entertainment technology industry. Upon hearing of the situation, Ford Sellers, Senior Product Manager at Chauvet Lighting, commented “The work that is done by the TSP is indispensable. It is central to our industry…In fact, it is what makes us an industry, instead of just a bunch of individual projects.”

November 04, 2016 - ESTA Plugfest Adds Round Table Discussions
The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest organizers announced today that informal round table discussions for product developers have been added to the event’s program. Subject matter experts from the Control Protocols Working Group will share their knowledge on RDM Proxy servers, RDM Queued Messages, RDM Status Messages and sACN IGMP support.

October 14, 2016 - Three More ESTA Standards Approved, Published
On Tuesday, October 11, the Secretary of ANSI's Board of Standards Review issued notices that three more ESTA standards had been approved as American National Standards. They are now published and available on the ESTA website. In alphanumeric order, the new standards are:

October 05, 2016 - US Navy Adopts ESTA's E1.6 for Entertainment Hoists
The June 2016 edition of NAVFAC P-307, a publication of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Navy Crane Center Weight Handling Program Management, has a new section 13 entitled “Entertainment Hoists.” The section calls out hoists systems identified in their equipment history files as being “entertainment hoists” and conforming to the design and manufacturing requirements in ANSI E1.6 as being different from hoists and cranes used for material handling and construction, and therefore being subject to different rules for their use and maintenance. Those rules include being maintained and operated in accordance with the ANSI E1.6 standards and the OEM recommendations.

NAVFAC P-307 can be downloaded from https://www.navfac.navy.mil/ncc. NAVFAC P-307 JUNE 2016 is at the top of the “USEFUL LINKS” list on the right. (The NAVFAC website's security certificate is invalid, so you may get a security warning from your browser. However, nothing malicious downloads when you click past the warning.)

September 14, 2016 - New Project: The Event Safety Guide, second edition

The Event Safety Alliance (ESA) and the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) have agreed on a joint copyright that will allow a second edition of The Event Safety Guide to be developed as an American National Standard (ANS). To take on the project, a new working group is being created within ESTA's Technical Standards Program (TSP) called the Event Safety Working Group (ESWG). Leading the new group will be co-chairs Dr. Donald Cooper, Executive Director of the ESA, and Richard Nix, Director of Engineering & Standards for ZFX, Inc. Dr. Cooper brings a wealth of experience to the project as the Editor of the first edition of the Guide and former Ohio State Fire Marshal. Mr. Nix brings the experience of a long career in the entertainment technology field, is co-chair of the TSP's Stage Lifts Working Group, and has been heavily involved in writing standards with the TSP since 1996.

June 28, 2016 - ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, January 2017!

Plugfest 2017

A list of Plugfest FAQ, a complete schedule, and details about the round-table discussions may be found at the bottom of the page.  

To register, email plugfest@esta.org.

To download a Plugfest brochure, click here.

To download the full Plugfest schedule, click here


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April 15, 2016 - ETC Steps Up to Visionary TSP Investor in Innovation
ETC has been a major donor to, supporter of, and participant in ESTA’s Technical Standards Program since its inception. Now they’ve taken that support to an even higher level by becoming a Visionary Level Investor in Innovation with a pledge of $10,000 for each of the next five years.