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Technical Report surveys Personal Network architecture and standardisation needs

Geneva, Switzerland, 17 February 2011

Ecma International’s General Assembly approved Technical Report ECMA TR/102 on Personal Networks for unrestricted download. Personal Networks, or PNs for short, make it easy and secure to interconnect people's electronic devices. They enable the usage of personal devices and applications in a completely new way; -imagine users controlling their front door using their mobile phones or seamlessly accessing files stored on their office PC with their personal Internet tablet from home.

Today, most users of electronic devices, including mobile phones, struggle with setting up both wired and wireless networking between their devices despite the availability of several network technologies, such as WiFi and Bluetooth. There is no reason why it should be like this; connecting and using your electronic devices together should be both easy and secure.

With PNs, applications and services on people's devices can start to interact with each other allowing for telecommunications, access and synchronization of documents, remote monitoring and control, multimedia, as well as medical applications. PNs are architected to also work with cloud-based services and wireless sensor networks for Internet of Things applications. For instance, PNs facilitate building a single personal virtual file system that contains all storage on all a person's devices as well as its cloud-based storage. PNs may be implemented on existing hardware, including embedded systems, and PNs can use any communication technology, such as Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, WiMedia, 3G/LTE, and WiMAX.

TR/102 surveys PNs that aim to make secure and ubiquitous communication a reality by using personal devices’ services and applications over any network technology by providing automatic configuration. 

This technical report intends to clarify the concepts of PNs and to evoke industry and standards development organisations’ interest in facilitating the interoperability of equipment within PNs. To that end, Ecma welcomes further support, cooperation and contributions.

For more information: please contact Mr. Onno Elzinga, Deputy Secretary General of Ecma International. Email:



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