The system allows ARI members to use their personal computers to dial into the ARI web site to draft or edit proposed standards in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents. During virtual meetings, members are able to suggest changes and see the results immediately on their computer screens. ARI officials say this technology will significantly speed up the standards process. “ARI can call virtual meetings to work on standards at any time the work is ready to be done,” said ARI assistant research and development vice president Mike Woodford, in a recent issue of Koldfax, the group’s newsletter. Another ARI official, Zubin Dastoor, added the new system will save time and the cost of travel expenses to attend in-person traditional meetings.
For more information, visit the ARI’s web site a at www.ari.org or contact Jim Walters, ARI’s director of international standards at firstname.lastname@example.org.