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RPR Alliance unveils tech, marketing initiatives

Sun, 05/12/2002 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

The RPR Alliance, a group that's advocating the standardization of resilient packet ring technology, said it has mapped out a number of new technical and marketing initiatives and has appointed a slate of new officers.

Resilient packet ring is a layer 2 technology that combines the best of Sonet and Ethernet to support carrier-class voice services as well as packet-based applications.

On the technical front, the group defined a suite of tests and test-equipment requirements for RPR-compliance assessment of integrated circuits and related systems.

To push acceptance of RPR technologies, the alliance is also preparing a new carrier outreach program designed to define the priorities of interoperability testing and to define the business case of RPR. That marketing plan also will include additional participation in conferences, seminars and other public gatherings.

The alliance also announced the results of the IEEE 802.17 working group meeting, held last week in Ottawa. There, the RPR Alliance focused on the standard's comment-resolution process to help prepare a draft standard for balloting. That process will continue in July at the group's next meeting in Vancouver.

The RPR Alliance also named the group's newly appointed officers. Nortel Networks Senior Marketing Manager John Hawkins was named board chairman and treasurer; and Robert Love, president of LAN Connect Consultants and vice chair of the IEEE 802.17 working group, was appointed president. The group also appointed two vice presidents of technology: Leon Bruckman, vice president and chief system architect for Corrigent Systems and a technical editor for the IEEE 802.17 working group; and Kanaiya Yasani, senior director of marketing at Lantern Communications.

Meanwhile, Lauren Schlicht, product line manager at Mindspeed Technologies, was named the alliance's vice president of marketing; and Martin Green, product manager for Cisco Systems, will continue in his role as the group's chief information officer.

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