1. Background and History

  1. James P.K. Gilb Dr.

Published Online: 3 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118098868.ch1

Wireless Multimedia: A Guide to the IEEE 802.15.3™ Standard

Wireless Multimedia: A Guide to the IEEE 802.15.3™ Standard

How to Cite

Gilb, J. P.K. (2011) Background and History, in Wireless Multimedia: A Guide to the IEEE 802.15.3™ Standard, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118098868.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 10 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780738136684

Online ISBN: 9781118098868



  • IEEE 802.15.3;
  • personal area networks (PANs)


This introductory chapter of the book provides an introduction to IEEE standards, the IEEE 802.15™ family of standards, and the reasons why IEEE Std 802.15.3 was developed. The book provides an introduction and explanation of the IEEE 802.15.3TM wireless personal area networks (WPANs) standard. The development of an IEEE standard involves thousands of hours of top-quality engineering time from many different sources in the proposal, development, and review of the standard. The IEEE 802 standards activities are divided into many different Working Groups (802.3, 802.11, 802.15, 802.16, etc.) that deal with a single type of networking standard. The 802.15 Working Group is tasked with developing standards and recommended practices for personal area networks (PANs). IEEE Std 802.15.3 was specifically written to address a class of applications that did not have a wireless standard.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

IEEE 802.15 Standards; personal area networks