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ISDN users invited to join in network "golden splice".

If the users and vendors organizing TRIP '92 have their way, Nov. 16 will mark the end of ISDN islands and the beginning of nationwide interconnectivity.

Jim "Jake" Jacobson of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is co-director of the event, sponsored by the North American ISDN Users Forum and the Corporation for Open Systems. He says 65 users in 60 cities in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Australia, the U.K. and Japan will participate in the event.

Bellcore, a member of both the users forum and COS, will represent the seven regional Bell operating companies.

TRIP is the Transcontinental ISDN Project, a week-long series of events Nov. 16-20 in Washington, D.C., and many other sites throughout the country. It will focus on a broad, general consumer audience including large businesses and government, telecommuters, education and residential subscribers.

Any interested users are invited to be guests of the participating companies. On that list are:

Eastman Kodak locations in Rochester, N.Y., Arlington and Reston, Va.;

IBM at Research Triangle Park, N.C., Winchester and Hampshire, England, Walnut Creek, Calif., and Oakbrook, Ill.;

GM in Troy, Mich.;

West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.;

Schindler Elevator, Morristown, N.J.;

Lawrence Livermore Labs, Livermore, Calif., and Washington, D.C.;

JCPenney in Dallas, Milwaukee or Singapore;

Fannie Mae, Washington, D.C., or Chicago;

Canon, Jamesburg, N.J.;

And a whole roster of manufacturers' sites, telco COs, and other service provider locations.

The idea of a "golden splice," Jacobson says, is to bring to mind the golden spike driven by railroads in the 19th century, physically linking the nation. The golden splice, formally made Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Va., is to do the same for ISDN information transmission.

Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com and inventor of Ethernet, will be the keynote speaker.

Perhaps of even more lasting value is the planned Atlas of ISDN Applications. It will be a definitive source document for all known ISDN applications in North America, including contact names and technical descriptions.

Bellcore's Dick Aloia, who will cochair the event with Jacobson, says that more than 50% of U.S. lines will have access to ISDN by the end of 1994. "The three key ingredients for success will be consistency of customer interface, connectivity of ISDN islands, and cooperation," he says.

ISDN, for all we've heard about it over the past years, finally is getting its real kickoff. It is now very much where EDI (electronic data interchange) was a couple of years ago. EDI at that time consisted of isolated--but successful--implementations between sites. Users were able to "spread the word" and encourage large-scale interaction between and among users and vendors.

Today, while still growing, EDI implementation has come out of the woods.

"There is nothing to keep the 33 TRIP user open house sites from continuing to welcome visitors by arrangement" after the Nov. 16-20 events, Jacobson notes.

TRIP '92 could be the catapult needed to launch ISDN from being the maligned stepchild of the industry to a proper place providing the applications that users need to run the digital networks of the future.
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Title Annotation:ISDN Forum; 1992 Transcontinental ISDN Project; Integrated Services Digital Network
Author:Tanzillo, Kevin
Publication:Communications News
Article Type:Column
Date:Aug 1, 1992
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