ESTA has just announced the public review of BSR E1.27-2, a draft standard for permanently installed DMX512 cabling, and the start of a new project, BSR E1.37.

BSR E1.27-2, Entertainment Technology - Standard for Permanently Installed Control Cables for Use with ANSI E1.11 (DMX512-A) and USITT DMX512/1990 Products, is available for public review through November 20, 2006. The draft standard describes the types cable to be used to interconnect products that comply with ANSI E1.11-2004 (DMX512-A) or with USITT DMX512/1990 in permanent installations. The description includes definitions of acceptable cable and connector types and the ways in which they may be used. The draft standard and its supporting public review materials are available online.

The Control Protocols Working Group has started work on a new standard: BSR E1.37-200x-Additional Message Sets for ANSI E1.20, Remote Device Management. The BSR E1.37 project is, as the title says, to define additional message sets to be used with ANSI E1.20. The project has been announced to ANSI as a multi-part standard, with additional parts describing additional messages being developed as the messages are defined, e.g., E1.37-1, E1.37-2, and so on. The first part of the project, E1.37-1, will be for bulk data transfer.

Anyone interested in contributing to the E1.37 project may do so by joining the Control Protocols Working Group or by participating in the forthcoming public review or reviews. Information about joining the working group can be found online.

Documents in public review are posted online. Anyone objecting to this project because it is unnecessary or conflicts with an existing standard is invited to send his or her objections to:

For more information about the public review or the new project, please contact:

Karl G. Ruling
Technical Standards Manager
875 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1005
New York, NY 10001
Fax 1-212-244-1502