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BIS Standards for Digital TV, Type-C USB and Video Surveillance Systems


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Prelims level: Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)

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The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has published three significant Indian Standards in the area of Electronics.

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)

  • BIS is the National Standards Body of India working under the aegis of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution.
  • It is established by the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986 which came into effect on 23 December 1986.
  • The organization was formerly the Indian Standards Institution (ISI), set up under the Resolution of the Department of Industries and Supplies in September 1946.
  • The ISI was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • A new Bureau of Indian standard (BIS) Act 2016 has been brought into force with effect from 12 October 2017.
  • The Act establishes the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India.

[A] Digital television receivers

  • BIS has published an Indian Standard IS 18112:2022 Specification for television with built in satellite tuners.
  • TVs manufactured as per this Indian standard would enable reception of Free-To-Air TV and Radio channels just by connecting a dish antenna.
  • This would facilitate transmission of knowledge about government initiatives, schemes, and educational content of Doordarshan and repository of Indian culture programs.
  • At present, TV viewers in the country need to purchase set-top box for viewing various paid and free channels.

[B] USB Type C receptacles

  • BIS has published Indian standard IS/IEC 62680-1-3:2022 USB Type-C® Cable and Connector Specification.
  • This Indian standard is adoption of existing International standard IEC 62680-1- 3:2022.
  • This standard provides requirements for USB Type-C port, plug and cables for use in various electronic devices like mobile phone, laptop, notebook etc.
  • This standard would provide common charging solutions for the smartphones and other electronic devices sold in the country.
  • This would facilitate in reduction in number of charger per consumer as consumers will no longer need to buy different chargers or generate e-waste.

[C] Video Surveillance Systems (VSS)

  • BIS, through its technical committee on Alarms and Electronic Security Systems has developed a series of Indian Standard (IS 16910) on Video Surveillance Systems for use in Security Applications.
  • IS 16910 series of Standards is an adoption of the International Standard IEC 62676 series.
  • It provides a detailed outline of all the aspects of a VSS System such as requirements for its components like camera devices, interfaces, system requirements and tests to ascertain the image quality of the camera devices.
  • This will also help in making the surveillance system more secure, robust and cost effective.


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