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A brief summary; the minutes of a meeting; the etiquette of diplomacy.

Protocol refers to a summarized document or the minutes of a meeting that are initialed by the parties present to indicate the accuracy of the document or minutes.

Protocol is a section of the department of state that is responsible for advising the government, the president, the vice president, and the Secretary of State on matters of diplomatic procedure governed by law or international custom and practice. Protocol is the method of officially ranking or receiving government officials.

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an addition or supplement to a treaty.
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PROTOCOL, civil law, international law. A record or register. Among the Romans, protocollunt was a writing at the head of the first page of the paper used by the notaries or tabellions. Nov. 44.
     2. In France the minutes of notarial acts were formerly transcribed on registers, which were called protocols. Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. liv. 3, t. 3, c. 6, s. 1, n. 413.
     3. By the German law it signifies the minutes of any transaction. Eneye. Amer. Protocol. In the latter sense the word has of late been received into international law. Ibid.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Open-standard protocols and proprietary protocols exist for all of the ISM bands.
Proprietary protocols are developed by an individual manufacturer and are modified by that manufacturer for its specific communication requirements.
It converts the protocol that we use within the package gen-set, which is a proprietary protocol, and converts that to an industry standard RS32," said Stinson.
Thus, even if the integrator does select BACnet as the primary protocol, there will be many individual devices that will use a proprietary protocol -- LONWORKS, Metasys, Modbus, or something else.
(3) separation of architectures--direct integration of SNA to OSI implies that the two architectures are kept separate on their proprietary protocol stacks, duplicating hardware needs and providing a non-coherent view of the network [2].
ViewCast's Niagara 7500 streaming appliance and Niagara SCX software will now stream in H.264 using the Real Time Message Protocol (RTMP) - a proprietary protocol developed by Adobe, designed for high-performance transmission of audio, video, and data between Adobe Flash Platform technologies, allowing the Niagara SCX[R] software to work seamlessly with the Adobe Flash Media Server software.
(LeftHand's devices require their own proprietary protocol.) In the short-term, switch-based convergence may be the best option because it works over multiple standardized protocols.
The DNP protocol started as a proprietary protocol from Harris.
They may also, as in the case of the Sitara QoSWorks device, offer a proprietary protocol to improve end-to-end communications between two such devices.
Protocol preference * Single standard or open protocol 55% * Multiple protocol with gateways 31% * Single proprietary protocol 14% SOURCE: STAMATS Building Group