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May 20, 2019 - ESTA Plugfest Announces Free RDMnet Webinar!
The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest organizers announced today that an “Introduction to RDMnet” will be broadcast live on Sunday July 21 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 P.M., CDT. This event is being offered free of charge to both ESTA and non-ESTA members!

May 06, 2019 - FIve ESTA Standards in Public Review
Five standards and draft standards are posted for public review on the ESTA website at http://estalink.us/pr. People materially affected by these standards or proposed standards are invited to visit the website and to comment on them before the comment due dates noted. In order of due-date and then alpha-numeric designation, the documents are:

February 21, 2019 - Help change the future of entertainment control--a survey
The Control Protocol's Working Group's Next Generation Task Group has created an online, ten-minute survey to determine how the standards already in the field are performing for stakeholders. How do standards such as DMX512, RDM, and sACN work for you? Do they make your job easier? Do you use all the features they offer? What kind of systems are you building with them? The task group wants to know the answers to these questions, so we're inviting you to spend ten minutes or less responding to an online survey at http://estalink.us/survey. Please write to protocolsatisfaction@esta.org with any questions or concerns.

February 21, 2019 - Seven ESTA TSP Documents in Public Review
Seven documents--six draft standards and one informational book--are posted on the ESTA Technical Standards Program website for public review through 8 April 2019. All are available at no cost at http://estalink.us/pr. In alphanumeric order, they are:

February 21, 2019 - ESTA's Above & Beyond Award Recipients
The Entertainment Services and Technology Association’s (ESTA’s) Technical Standards Program (TSP) is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the annual Above & Beyond Awards! These awards are peer to peer, designed to allow Technical Standards Program volunteers to recognize other outstanding volunteers.

February 21, 2019 - ESTA's Control Protocols Satisfaction Survey-Help Define Control Systems Interoperability
The Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) Technical Standards Program (TSP) is pleased to announce a Control Protocols Satisfaction Survey project to gather public input from end users about their usage of control protocols in the entertainment industry. The survey may be accessed at http://estalink.us/survey.

February 04, 2019 - ESTA's 2019 Plugfest Dates Announced!
The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event where manufacturers and developers test their lighting products for network interoperability, is scheduled to take place from July 19 to July 21, 2019 at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. This is the 17th version of this informal testing laboratory, and it is offered free of charge to both ESTA and non-ESTA members!

November 30, 2018 - Four more ESTA Standards Approved
Since November 6, ANSI's Board of Standards Review has approved four more ESTA standards. One is a reaffirmation of an existing standard, two are revisions to an existing standard, and the other is a new standard. All four are published, and are available for free download from the TSP website at tsp.esta.org/freestandards, thanks to the sponsorship of Prosight Specialty Insurance. They are also available for sale from ANSI and IHS.

November 16, 2018 - Four ESTA Standards Approved
On November 6, ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved four ESTA standards. Three are new or revised standards and one is the reaffirmation without changes of an existing standard. All four are published, and are available for free download from the TSP website at tsp.esta.org/freestandards, thanks to the sponsorship of Prosight Specialty Insurance. They are also available for sale from ANSI and IHS for the retail price of $40. The four standards are:

November 14, 2018 - ESTA's Technical Standards Program Announces New Website
ESTA's Technical Standards Program now has a new website with greatly improved navigation at http://tsp.esta.org. The new site makes finding the information you need much easier. A simple array of large icons on the homepage help you get directly to your relevant pages. Within each area, simplified menus on the right-hand side offer quick-links to popular pages and allow visitors to hop from page to page without having to go back to the main menu. The hover-over, drop-down submenus are gone, making the new site easier to navigate on a mobile device. It's thumb-friendly!

October 18, 2018 - Revised Standard Published, Two Posted for Public Review
Three bits of news from ESTA's Technical Standards Program: one revised standard published, one revised standard available for public review, and one standard available for public review for reaffirmation (no changes planned).

September 25, 2018 - ESTA Publishes New Standard for Raked Stages
ANSI E1.60 – 2018, Guidelines for the Use of Raked Stages in Live Performance Environments, was approved by ANSI's Board of Standards Review on Friday, September 21, and published on Monday, September 24. It can be downloaded at no cost from the ESTA TSP website at http://tsp.esta.org/freestandards. The no-cost download is made possible by the sponsorship of ProSight Specialty Insurance. It may be purchased for $40 from ANSI and IHS at https://webstore.ansi.org/ and https://global.ihs.com/ respectively.

September 24, 2018 - ESTA Posts Revised Standard for Mounting Overhead Equipment for Public Review
BSR E1.53, a revision of ANSI E1.53-2016, Overhead mounting of luminaires, lighting accessories, and other portable devices: specification and practice, has been posted for public review on the ESTA website at http://estalink.us/pr. The standard covers specifications for the primary and secondary mounting devices for portable stage and studio luminaires and accessories (e.g., c-clamps and safety cables). It also covers their use. The existing standard is being revised to clarify marking requirements and environmental considerations. Comments are due before November 20.

August 28, 2018 - ESTA Posts Four Documents for Public Review
BSR E1.29 - 2009 (R2014), Product Safety Standard for Theatrical Fog Generators that Create Aerosols of Water, Aqueous Solutions of Glycol or Glycerin, or Aerosols of Highly Refined Alkane Mineral Oil 
This standard is being considered for reaffirmation. It's intended to help guide product safety testing laboratories in evaluating fog-making equipment for design or construction defects that might create unacceptable hazards. It is based on UL 998 - 2006, Humidifiers, with modifications. Products covered are theatrical fog generators intended for use in professional theatrical entertainment, film and video production, theme parks, and fire safety training.

August 08, 2018 - ESTA posts two documents for public review
E1.33 - 201x, Entertainment Technology -- (RDMnet) -- Message Transport and Device Management of ANSI E1.20 (RDM) over IP Networks: This standard defines a method for carrying E1.20 (RDM) messages over IP networks. It also defines a scalable architecture for RDM message transmission that allows multi-controller environments with tens of thousands of RDM Responders. Additionally, a minimal protocol is defined for carrying non-RDM data over the same architecture.

July 26, 2018 - ESTA Posts Three Standards for Review
Three documents have been posted for public review on the ESTA website at http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. People materially affected by the standards are invited to review them and to comment on them. Two of the documents are reaffirmations of existing standards; one is a proposed new standard. The reviews run through September 24; please comment before September 25 starts. The documents are:

July 13, 2018 - ANSI Approves Standard to Prevent Falls from Stages
On Friday the 13th, the ANSI Board of Standards Review approved a revised version of ANSI E1.46, Standard for the Prevention of Falls from Theatrical Stages and Raised Performance Platforms. The standard has been revised to address changes to the OSHA regulations for fall protection, while keeping the document's useful guidance for preventing falls from stages into the orchestra pit or the house.

July 09, 2018 - ESTA Plugfest sACN Round Table!
The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest organizers announced that a live, informal round-table discussion will be made available to the public via a free WebEx video conference. A discussion of “sACN Universe Synchronization” will be broadcast live on Sunday July 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 P.M., CDT.

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