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Working Committees 

UPnP Forum Working Committees develop standards for UPnP devices and services. Participation in Working Committees is open to all UPnP Forum members. Working committees progress their work through periodic face-to-face meetings, teleconferences, and by email; instructions for joining working committees and their email lists are found in the Members Only Area. Updates on Working Committee activities are posted on the Forum web site. Members may propose creation of new Working Committees by submitting proposals to the Steering Committee.

Below is a list of UPnP Forum Working Committees that are currently active, those that have completed their work, and those for which work has been suspended, as well as a list of other committees in which UPnP Forum members are invited to participate.

Active Working Committees

The following committees are actively working on new and updated UPnP standards and welcome your participation.

Audio / Video Working Committee (AV)
The Audio / Video Working Committee (AV) develops standards for devices that store and source audio, video, and still picture content (such as VCRs, CD and DVD players, cameras, PCs, tuners, set-top boxes, satellite receivers) and for devices that render content (such as television monitors, speakers, audio players, electronic picture frames, PCs), and features of those devices such as storage management, playback controls and scheduled recording. Several versions of the AV standards have been published, and the committee continues to work on further enhancement and extension of these capabilities. This committee absorbed the work of the previous Audio Player (AUDIOPLAYER), Camera (CAMERA), and Electronic Picture Frame (EPF) Working Committees.

Friendly Devices Working Committee (FRIENDLYDEVICES)
The Friendly Devices Working Committee (FRIENDLYDEVICES) will develop a DCP to enable UPnP devices to provide friendlier identification. The Working Committee is chartered to create a DCP to provide friendly identification and investigate its application to both Devices and Control Points. The DCP will include provisions for DeviceProtection.

Multi-Screen Working Committee (MULTI-SCREEN)
The Multi-Screen Working Committee (MULTI-SCREEN) is defining DCPs which enable various (including implementation-specific) interactive services among various displayable devices.

Working Committees That Have Completed Their Work

The following committees have completed work on UPnP standards and the specifications have been published. Archives of the committee email discussions remain available for review. The committees may be reactivated in the future if necessary to consider errata or proposals for extensions to the published standards.

Basic Device Working Committee (BASIC)
The Basic Device Working Committee ("Basic") developed a standard for a UPnP device without any required services, which can be a "container" for services including vendor-defined services.

Content Synch Working Committee (CONTENTSYNCH)
The Content Synch Working Committee developed standards for synchronization of the content stored in multiple media server devices, enabling users to easily carry some or all of their favorite content with them in their mobile devices and to offload newly-captured content when they return home.

Device Management Working Committee (DM)
The Device Management (DM) Working Committee developed UPnP services for managing device firmware, software, configuration, and maintenance, diagnosing network and device problems, and monitoring device and network performance.

E-Health & Sensors Working Committee (EHS)
The E-Health & Sensors Working Committee (EHS) developed standards for device interfaces in the home network to communicate with each other in order to share and manage sensor information measured in a distributive fashion. The WC addressed mapping of existing data models for health information defined in other standards to be suited for UPnP framework. The Working Committee also addressed the management of sensor networks, ecosystem specific data aggregation and messaging between devices.

Home Automation and Security Working Committee (AUTOMATION)
The Home Automation Working Committee ("Automation") developed standards for device categories including digital security cameras, lighting, shutter and blind motor control, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Work is pending in areas such as home security systems and power control systems (such as backup batteries and generators).

Home Energy Management and Smart Grid (HEMS)
The Home Energy Management and Smart Grid (HEMS) Working Committee revised and enhanced existing and candidate DCPs to support secure Smart Grid applications. The Internet of Things (IoT) Task Force is continuing this work.

Imaging Working Committee (IMAGING)
The Imaging Working Committee developed standards for printers and scanners.

Internet Gateway Working Committee (GATEWAY, "IGD")
The Internet Gateway Working Committee developed standards for internet gateway devices and wireless LAN access points which enable an internet connection to be shared by multiple devices within the home, including configuration and control of features such as network address translation, firewall, DHCP server and client, and dynamic dial-up connections. This Working Committee also worked on enhancing these standards by supporting additional local and wide area network types, additional network protocols (IPv6), and strengthening security.

Low Power Working Committee (LOWPOWER)
The Low Power Working Committee (LOWPOWER) developed standards for a simple light-weight service that applies to any UPnP device (e.g. printer, media server, media render, RUI, etc.) allowing reporting of low power configuration and status.

Quality of Service Working Committee (QOS)
The Quality of Service (QOS) Working Committee developed standards to improve the user experience of networked services such as streaming audio, video, and voice by managing the bandwidth and latency of network traffic streams. Several versions of the QOS standards have been published.

Remote Access Working Committee (REMOTEACCESS, "RA")
The Remote Access Working Committee developed standards to enable UPnP devices, services and control points outside the home network to interact with the devices, services and control points physically attached to the home network, without modifying the basic UPnP protocols.

Remote User Interface Working Committee (REMOTEUI, "RUI")
The Remote User Interface Working Committee developed standards to enable UPnP devices without display capabilities of their own to remotely display their user interface on another device and accept input from a user through another device.

Security Working Committee (SECURITY)
The Security Working Committee developed standards enabling strong cryptographic authentication, authorization (access control), replay prevention, and privacy of UPnP control operations, including a SecurityConsole administrative function.

Telephony Working Committee (PHONE)
The Telephony Working Committee developed standards to enable interaction between telephone devices and other UPnP devices, including features such as synchronization of contact and calendar data, voice call monitoring and control, messaging, status monitoring, device configuration, and using telephone devices to control other UPnP devices.

Inactive Working Committees

Work in the following committees has been suspended pending additional interest and participation from members or because the work was merged into another Working Committee. Forum members interested in these subject areas should contact the Steering Committee.

Appliances Working Committee (APPLIANCES)
The Appliances Working Committee considered services for networked major home appliances such as washers and dryers.

Enhanced Eventing and Discovery Working Committee (EEDS)
Enhanced Eventing and Discovery Working Committee (EEDS) considered the potential for implementing various enhancements to the UPnP discovery and eventing protocols via SOAP protocols.

Storage Working Committee (STORAGE)
The Storage Working Committee considered using UPnP technology to discover and configure network attached storage (NAS) devices. This committee considered using UPnP technology to discover and configure network attached storage (NAS) devices.

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Other Committees Open to All Members

The following committees are also open to participation by all UPnP Forum members.

New Projects Committee (NEWPROJECTS)
The New Projects Committee is activated by the Steering Committee from time to time as a venue for incubation of proposals for new working committees, when such proposals are brought to the Steering Committee with insufficient detail or broad enough support for a new working committee to be immediately created. Members use this committee email list and other resources to collaborate on developing a complete proposal that can then be brought to the Steering Committee for further consideration.

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Subcommittees of the Steering Committee

The following committees are open to participation by representatives of Steering Committee and/or Implementer member companies, and to others by invitation.

Compliance Committee (COMPLIANCE)
The Compliance Committee oversees the device certification process as defined in the separate Device Certification Process Document. The Committee works with the Test Reviewers, who administer the certification process, to review test results, assist in identifying the cause of test failures, remedy test tool problems, audit the testing process, and see that the certified device database is properly maintained. Participation in the Compliance Committee is open to representatives of companies that serve on the UPnP Forum Steering Committee.

Marketing Committee (MARKETING)
The Marketing Committee is open to participation by representatives of Implementer Level Members of the Forum in good standing. This committee coordinates UPnP Forum outreach efforts to current members, potential new members, implementers of UPnP standards, other organizations that reference UPnP standards in their work, and end users, to promote adoption of UPnP technology through activities such as the Forum web site, news releases and articles in the news media, and participation in industry conferences and trade shows.

Technical Committee (TECHNICAL)
The Technical Committee serves as a resource for Working Committees on interpretation of the UPnP Device Architecture and other technical issues. It develops templates and conventions used in all DCPs, identifies requirements for evolution of the architecture, and proposes revisions to the architecture to incorporate clarifications and new features. It reviews proposed device and service standards to ensure consistency with the architecture and avoid duplication and conflict between DCPs, and advises the Steering Committee on approval of specifications developed by working committees. Participation in the Technical Committee is open to representatives of companies that serve on the UPnP Forum Steering Committee, and to others by invitation.

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