The Specs Committee has met a few times and has outlined how it proposes to proceed with writing specs for working equipment. As we have just begun the process, we encourage any members who want to participate to join.
The initial proposals for structure include writing functionality specs separate from cosmetic initially, then bringing together in one spec. The group decided to first focus on desktop computers. The functionality specs will be developed over the next few months to include Complete Functionality as initial goal then to diverge from Complete Functionality to identifying what components are present that might not work or are missing. For example, a computer may be tested with a hard drive to prove that it reads and writes to a hard drive, but the hard drive could be removed from desktop prior to sale, in that case the computer would be sold as Complete Functionality without hard drive. The goal is to write specs that can be implemented in a variety of situations and in any facility that wants to follow the specs.
Once functionality is satisfactorily addressed by the committee, they will switch focus to cosmetic specs for the unit. The specs committee will develop grading schemes that are acceptable to the group. These will replace the current Grade A, tested working specs we currently often see in market place.
The Specs Committee has decided that after computers are finished, and maybe concurrently if we get enough support, the committee will turn its focus to Monitors. The same functionality and cosmetic standards will apply as warranted and others added. This will include dead pixels, bruising, etc.
After monitor specs are finished, we envision merging the pertinent parts of Computer and Monitor Functionality and Cosmetics into a laptop grading spec. As needed, things like Bluetooth, etc. may have to be added but we are trying to use earlier work to build on later work without duplication. Proof of concept first then roll it out to other equipment.
The above alone is a pretty ambitious undertaking, but after these items we will look at servers and network equipment and mobility (cell phones and tablets). As we delve into these more complex systems, ISRI Specs Committee anticipates working with other trade association and interested industry groups to develop these specifications in conjunction with their ongoing efforts. The Specs Committee feels we can bring better clarity working with interested parties on a variety of equipment where they may have great insight and needs.
By developing these specs under ISRI guidance and support, there is a much better chance that the specifications will be accepted worldwide by becoming part of the ISRI Specifications Circular.
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