stds-802-16: change of venue for 802.16 Session #25
Dear 802.16 Participants:
About an hour ago, I was on a conference call with Bob Heile, Stuart
Kerry, Mark Klerer, Paul Nikolich, Carl Stevenson, Geoff Thompson
(Jim Lansford was invited but unavailable). The topic was the planned
802 wireless interim scheduled for May in Singapore.
Several of the participants mentioned that some of their members have
reported that they will be prohibited by their companies from
scheduling travel to Singapore due to the SARS epidemic.
Bob, who is the primary coordinator of the interim, announced that he
had received permission from the hotel to postpone the Singapore
session from May until September, without financial penalty. He also
mentioned that he had booked alternative space at the Hyatt DFW in
Dallas, Texas, USA (site of Session #24) for the original week (May
The group on the conference call agreed, without objection, to switch
the venue from Singapore to the Hyatt DFW. Since 802.16 typically
meets Monday-Thursday, the dates for Session #25 will remain 12-15
On the call, we discussed the possibility that Singapore might still
be a problematic venue in September and a further change might be
required in the future. However, it was considered reasonable to
tentatively plan the meeting there. Note that 802.16 has already
decided to meet in Colorado in September regardless of where the
other groups meet.
Attached below is Bob's note on the topic.
I'm sorry for the change of plans. I know that rearranging things
will be a nuisance for many of you, but I think this was the right
decision, and I support it.
>On a conference call Tuesday afternoon, April 1, among the Wireless
>Working Group Chairs, TAG Chairs and Paul Nikolich, we decided to
>postpone the Singapore meeting because of the continuing uncertainty
>associated with the war in Irag , with SARS and with the increasing
>number of corporations restricting travel. We can do this without
>penalty if we reschedule the meeting to September 14 -19, 2003 in
>Meanwhile, we have secured the DFW Hyatt, where we had the March
>plenary, as the alternate location for the May Interim. The dates
>remain the same, May 11-16, 2003. We are still finalizing booking
>codes, so please do not book your rooms just yet. We will announce
>all of that later this week. The registration web page will be up
>early next week. The room rate is anticipated to be the same as it
>was in March. You will need to be responsible for rebooking your own
>travel. Many airlines are allowing substantial flexibility due to
>the war situation in Iraq so you may wish to mention this as the
>reason for the change.
>For those of you who have already registered for Singapore, we will
>process a full refund of your registration fee shortly and take care
>cancelling your hotel booking. We hope this change will afford us
>the opportunity to have a safe and productive meeting in Dallas.
>Bob Heile, Ph.D
>Chair, IEEE 802.15 Working Group on Wireless Personal Area Networks
>Chair, ZigBee Alliance
>11 Louis Road
>Attleboro, MA 02703 USA