WASHINGTON--(www.WirelessInnovation.org) approved a new project being prepared for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and first responder providers at its 66th General Meeting, June 21-23, 2010, in Mainz, Germany. Other meeting highlights included a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the COST-TERRA program, finalization of a project proposal for SCA Certification Guide #2, finalization of a survey project and announcement of the location for next year’s European Reconfigurable Radio Technologies event.)--The Wireless Innovation Forum (
“Techno-Economic Regulatory Framework for Radio Spectrum Access for Cognitive Radio/Software Defined Radio.”
The “Hybrid SATCOM Reference Architecture for Public Safety Applications,” was presented by the Forum’s SATCOM Special Interest Group. This report is being prepared for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and first responder providers who require the use of SATCOM systems to support emergency services during natural and/or man-made disasters. The report will document use cases where disruption of traditional terrestrial emergency services is expected, and explore the market need for integration of commercial and military satellite systems with terrestrial communications, highlighting areas where satellite communications provides both primary and back-up communications. The report will also propose a notional architecture for a hybrid LOS/BLOS platform compliant with the Forum’s Information Processing Architecture.
“The SATCOM-SIG project ‘Hybrid SATCOM Reference Architecture for Public Safety Applications’ supports the evolution of communication systems based on radio architectures to communication systems based on Platform architectures,” says Bob Schutz, of Datron World Communications. “As one of the key reference architectures developed by the Forum, this project will directly support the Forum’s Roadmap Committee in identification of the Ten Most Wanted Wireless Technologies.”
The Forum also signed an MOU with the European Cooperation in Science and Technology funded COST-TERRA Program (http://www.cost-terra.org). The program is focused on developing a “Techno-Economic Regulatory Framework for Radio Spectrum Access for Cognitive Radio/Software Defined Radio.” The agreement will allow collaboration in areas of benefit to both the WInnForum and COST-TERRA.
“By forming a strong alliance between COST-TERRA and the Forum, we bring together a wealth of leading technical and economic experts from industry and academia from across the world,” says Keith Nolan, CTVR - The Telecommunications Research Centre, Ireland COST-TERRA and Forum liaison officer. “Through our collaboration and combination of expertise, we can pursue our vision to help develop a harmonised European regulatory framework to facilitate the broad commercial deployment of software-defined and cognitive radio technologies.”
Other meeting highlights included:
Immediately following the Working Meeting, the Forum held its second annual European Reconfigurable Radio Technologies Workshop and Product Exposition which featured reconfigurable radio topics including SDR in Public Safety, cognitive radio benefits, spectrum sensing, and more.
The Forum announced at the meeting that next year’s working meeting will be held in Brussels, June 20-22, 2011. The European Conference will be held June 22-24. A call for papers will be disseminated in November.
Sponsored by General Dynamics C4 Systems, Harris, Indra Systemas, and L3 Communications, the multi-day event brought together wireless telecommunications equipment manufacturers (TEMs) with their customers and suppliers to explore the evolution of reconfigurable radio. The workshop was chaired by Liesbet Van der Perre, Director, Green Radios Program, IMEC, and featured keynotes by Tero Solante, Principal SDR Officer, European Defence; Dake Liu, Director of Computer Engineering Division, Department of Electrical Engineering, Linkoping University; Pierre-Jean Muller, Huawei; Thomas Rittenbach, US Army CERDEC; and Prof. Ulrich Ramacher, Head of System Engineering for SDR Mobile Platforms at Infineon Wireless. Fourteen technical sessions comprised of 56 presentations from representatives of leading organizations in the industry were divided into a software defined radio track and a cognitive radio track. Also featured was a plenary session with a presentation on partnering by COST and ETSI, as well as a sold-out product exposition.
More information on the event can be found here.
The Forum holds several working meetings annually, which feature meetings with its many working groups to advance projects. A summary of active projects can be found here: http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/page/Current_Projects.
Upcoming Forum meetings include:
About the Wireless Innovation Forum
Established in 1996, The Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum Version 2.0) is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation dedicated to driving technology innovation in commercial, civil, and defense communications worldwide. Members bring a broad base of experience in Software Defined Radio (SDR), Cognitive Radio (CR) and Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) technologies in diverse markets and at all levels of the wireless value chain to address emerging wireless communications requirements. To learn more about The Wireless Innovation Forum, its meetings and membership benefits, visit www.WirelessInnovation.org.