Wireless Innovation Forum
Big Accomplishments for the Forum this Month

Hi Again, 

The big news from the Forum this month is the completion on work products for consideration in SCA 4.1. Forum members invested well over 1000 hours in the creation of eight document packages:

These members are now hard at work preparing for the SCA 4.1 Preview Workshop being held in cooperation with the US DoD’s Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC) on 9 and 10 October in Aberdeen, Maryland: http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/sca-4-1-standard-preview-event 

Other news form the Forum is as follows:

New Website

Earlier this month, the Forum launched a new website. Check it out: http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/ 

New Members

The Forum is pleased to announce that one new member organization has joined:

Telecast Technology Co.: http://www.dvbsystem.com/ 

Please join me in welcoming this new organization to our association!

Model City Filing

The Forum filed comments on the FCC and NTIA proceeding on a model city for demonstrating and evaluating advanced spectrum sharing technologies (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/7616). The members of the Forum supported the concept based on elements taken from the Forum’s Advocacy Agenda. In addition, the Forum proposed that the multi-stakeholder group outlined in the Forum’s 3.55 GHz FNPRM filing (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/7518) could host workshops at appropriate times to bring together participants in the model city deployment to share lessons learned with the broader community and define areas for additional exploration. The Forum further proposed to publish the results of these workshops in our Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Annual Report, the inaugural edition of which will be available this fall.

Open SSRF Reference Implementation

Keybridge Global (http://keybridgeglobal.com/ ) contributed an update to their SSRF referenece implementation, providing a verbatim compilation of the Standard Spectrum Resource Format (SSRF) version 3.0 into Java. The specification is defined in MCEB Pub 8 Version 3.0 as of 2012-04-26. This reference implementation is available on the Forum’s website (http://groups.winnforum.org/reference_implementations ). Based on this deleivery, the Open SSRF Working Group has plans to reconvene to determine next steps in advancing the use of SSRF as a preferred standard.    

European Conference

The Technical program Has been announced for WInnComm Europe 2014. Over 50 papers and presentations will be given at this years event, with program highlights that include:

  • Daily keynotes by industry leaders including: 
  • Amm. Di Biase, Italian MoD 
  • Olliver Holland, Kings College London
  • Giampaolo Lillo, European Defense Agency
  • Dr. Joe Mitola, Federated Wireless
  • Andreas Pascht, Alcatel Lucent/Bell Labs
  • Vrjola Seppo, Nokia
    • A two-day Tactical Radio Workshop featuring keynotes Rick Barfoot of NATO, Ugo Manetti and Philippe Margot of OCCAR/a4ESSOR, Charles Chedhomme of French MoD, Tobias Nachtsheim of the German MoD, and John McHale, of Military Embedded Systems Magazine.
    • Three technical sessions on Waveform Software on SDR/SCA and Context Aware Cognitive Radio.
    • Workshops on Spectrum Sharing and Spectrum Management, Software Defined Radio and CloudRAN. 
    • A tutorial on the much anticipated SCA 4.1 Standard.

Additional details on this conference can be found here: http://www.europe.wirelessinnovation.org/

Other Event News

Fall is a busy time for the Forum’s members and there are a host of other events scheduled:

Next Month

The Strategic Plan for the Coordinating Committee for International SCA Standards is currently in committee ballot. Assuming it passes, I will present some details. I will also give an update on the European Conference, the US Conference and follow up from the SCA 4.1 Preview Workshop.

Until next time…

Lee Pucker, Forum CEO

Busy July for the Forum

Hi Again, 

I hope everyone is having a great summer!

July was a busy month for the members of the Wireless Innovation Forum as they worked to complete projects in advance of summer holidays. Here is a summary of what we accomplished:

New Members

The Forum is pleased to announce that two new member organizations joined in July:

Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA): http://www.defense.gouv.fr/dga 

Larsen & Toubro Limited, Strategic Electronics Center: http://www.larsentoubro.com 

Please join me in welcoming these new organizations to our association!

FCC Filing

The members of the Forum completed work on comments to be filed with the FCC concerning the 3550 MHz Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FNPRM). Summary comments were in 5 areas:

  • Three Tiered Access Model: The members of the Forum support the Commission’s proposal in adopting the PCAST three tier model
  • Geographic Exclusion Zones: The members of the Forum supports the Commission’s proposal to reassess exclusion zones, and proposes that dynamic SAS management should be used in lieu of fixed exclusion zones
  • Spectrum Access System: The members of the Forum supports the use of a dynamic SAS, and recommends that SAS methods and procedures should be established by a multi-stakeholder group
  • Security: The members of the Forum reiterate their recommendation that security policies and standards be developed to protect all sensitive information and data.
  • Multi-stakeholder groups: The members of the Forum recommend that a 501(c)6 industry association host the following working groups:
    • Exclusion Zones
    • Receiver Performance
    • Spectrum Access Systems
    • Technology Roadmap 

The Forum also provided detailed comments in response to many of the questions asked by the FCC. You can find a copy of the Forum’s filed comments here:  http://groups.winnforum.org/Recommendations 

SCA 4.1 Documents Approved and Preview Workshop Announced

During the month of July the Chair of the Forum, Bruce Oberlies of Motorola Solutions, approved the release of five documents following a successful ballot by the Principal voting members of the Forum:

WINNF-14-R-0010-V1.0.0 Scalable Components

WINNF-14-R-0011-V1.0.0 Scalable Manager Components

WINNF-14-R-0013-V1.0.0 SCA 4.1 Naming Conventions

WINNF-14-R-0004-V1.0.0 - Application Backwards Compatibility Recommendations 

WINNF-14-S-0009-V1.0.0 - Lw & ULw AEPs

These documents are all publicly available in the Forum’s document library: http://groups.winnforum.org/Forum_Work_Products 

In addition, the following documents are currently in the ballot process:

WINNF-14-R-0014-V0.6.0-Application-Mixture - http://groups.winnforum.org/p/do/sd/sid=4769&type=0

WINNF-14-S-0016-V0.5.0 SCAv4.1 PIM IDL Profiles - http://groups.winnforum.org/p/do/sd/sid=4778&type=0

Finally, the Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards announced a Preview Workshop will be held October 9 and 10 in the Washington DC Area to review the expected features and benefits of the new 4.1 standard in advance of its release. Details on this event can be found here: http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/sca-4-1-standard-preview-event   

WInnComm Europe News

The Program Committee for this year’s European Conference, led by Claudio Armani of Selex-ES has announced a number of keynotes for the event:

  • Olliver Holland, Kings College London
  • Giampaolo Lillo, European Defense Agency
  • John McHale, Military Embedded Systems 
  • Dr. Joe Mitola, Federated Wireless
  • Andreas Pascht, Alcatel Lucent/Bell Labs
  • Vrjola Seppo, Nokia

More information and the preliminary conference program can be found here: http://www.europe.wirelessinnovation.org/ 

In addition, we are pleased to welcome our first three exhibitors to the Conference:

  • Reservoir Labs
  • Rhode & Schwarz
  • Selex ES

Registration is now open for this event, and the registration form can be found here: https://www.regonline.com/SDR-WInnComm-Europe2014

What is next for the Forum

Next month, I will provide updates on the following items expected to be completed in August: 

  • Roll out of the updated website
  • The Strategic Plan for the Forum’s Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards
  • Additional details on SCA 4.1 news
  • Additional details on WInnComm Europe 2014

Until then…

Lee Pucker, Forum CEO

Ballot votes, European Conference Program, US Call for Abstracts and More

Hi Again, Everyone!

The big news from the Forum this month was the face to face meeting of the Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards held June 11th and 12th in Melbourne, Florida. Hosted by Harris Corporation, this meeting was used to complete work on a number of documents 

  • SCA 4.1 Scalable Components: This document has been prepared by the Forum’s SCA 4.1 Backwards Compatibility Task group to propose changes to the SCAv4.0.1 specification to add support for component scalability. This will allow component developers to choose whether or not to implement some of the standard sub-component interface. The scalability will also be used to support the different profiles of the specification.
  • SCA 4.1 Scalable Manager Components: This document has been prepared by the Forum’s SCA 4.1 Backwards Compatibility Task group to propose changes to the SCAv4.0.1 specification to add support for scalability of the manager components. This will allow developers to choose whether or not to implement all of the manager interfaces. The manager scalability will also be used to support the different profiles of the specification.
  • SCA 4.1 Naming Conventions: This document has been prepared by the Forum’s SCA 4.1 Backwards Compatibility Task group to propose changes to the SCAv4.0.1 specification to use a naming convention for the names of the interfaces and components. The goal is to improve readability of the next release of the specification.
  • SCA 4.1 Application Backwards Compatibility: This document package has been prepared by the SCAv4.1 Backwards Compatibility Task Group to provide comments to the JTNC on the modifications to SCA v4.0 necessary to support backwards compatibility with SCA v2.2.2.
  • SCA 4.1 AEP Specification: This document has been prepared by the SCAv4.1 AEP Improvements Task Group to define POSIX AEPs for interaction between SDR Applications and OE in resource constrained environments. Two Base AEPs functions groups, the Lightweight (Lw) and the Ultra-Lightweight (ULw), are defined, with functions Groups A and B being possibly added as support features. The documents contains normative content for Base AEPs functions groups and the additional functions groups, plus support sections giving SCA-like contents overview tables and detailed rationale for the design choices. The specification is a converged solution elaborated between developers who worked to generate a unified content leveraging previous achievements in this area from JTNC Standards and ESSOR.
  • SCA 4.1 Application Mixture Backwards Compatibility: This document proposes changes to the next SCA specification to increase the level of backwards compatibility via an optional unit of functionality (UOF) to support applications composed of a mixture of SCA 4 and SCA 2.2.2 components. This will allow developers to perform a more incremental transition from SCA 2.2.2 to SCA 4.

Additional project ballots coming up for vote in the near future, include: SCA 4.1 Platform Component Late Registration and SCA 4.1 IDL Profile Specification. These documents will be delivered by the WInnForum to the JTNC once all comments received during balloting are resolved and balloting completes.

Other news is as follows:

Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Annual Report Face to Face Meeting

Members of the Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Annual Report project group also met in Melbourne and completed preliminary work on a number of key sections:

  • Spectrum Occupancy/Spectrum Measurements
  • Regulation
  • Filed Trials and Test Beds
  • Standards
  • Technology 

The members established a plan to complete work on the project by September, including sections on programs, business models, and analysis. The group plans the official roll out of this first edition annual report in conjunction with WInnComm Europe.

Event News

Speaking of WInnComm Europe 2014, the preliminary program is now available online: http://www.europe.wirelessinnovation.org/2014-agenda. In addition to the regular technical sessions, this years tactical radio workshop is expanded to a day and a half, and special sessions are planned on CloudRAN, Spectrum Sharing and Spectrum Management, and SDR Hardware.  

On the US side, the Call for Papers, Presentations and Posters is now out for WInnComm 2015, to be held 24 to 26 March 2015 in San Diego, California: http://www.conference.wirelessinnovation.org/. This conference is planning special sessions on 5G, Context Aware Cognitive Radio, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, and Receiver Performance Guidelines.     

FY2015 Operations Plan

Finally this month, the Wireless Innovation Forum released the operations plan and budget for the year starting 1 July 2014 for ballot. High level goals for the Forum established by the Board for this coming year are as follows:

1.    Establish the Forum as the Multi-Stakeholder Group for Federal Spectrum Sharing

2.    Revitalize Defense Communications Membership

3.    Establish Relevant Projects

4.    Formalize Partnership Relationships with End User Community 

5.    Improve Regional Support 

6.    Strengthen the Forum’s Brand

We will provide more information on these goals, as well as the plans the Forum’s Committees have in place for achieving these goals once balloting is complete. 

What is next for the Forum

Next month I will provide updates on the following items expected to complete in the next few weeks: 

  • Forum comments on the FCC’s 3550 MHz Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making
  • The Strategic Plan for the Forum’s Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards
  • Additional details on SCA 4.1 including information on the roll out meeting
  • Additional details on WInnComm Europe 2014

Until then…

Lee Pucker, Forum CEO

Gearing up for a busy month ahead …

Hi Again, Everyone!

There hasn’t been a lot of news from the Forum since my last blog posting as most of the activity has centered on the completion of development projects by the Forum’s various work groups, task groups and special interest groups. Even so, there have been a few items of note to report, so let’s get caught up: 

Returning Member

After a 2 year absence, we are pleased to welcome Shared Spectrum Company back to the Forum (http://www.sharedspectrum.com/)

New Board Members

The Forum is pleased to welcome 2 new members to its Board as At-Large Directors: 

More information on these new Board Members can be found here: http://www.einpresswire.com/article/206055915/wireless-innovation-forum-appoints-new-board-of-directors-members 

A complete listing of the Forum’s Board of Directors can be found here: http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/Board_of_Directors 

Ad-Hoc Committee Formed to Develop Response to FCC Further Notice Proposed Rulemaking in the Matter of Amendment of the Commission’s Rules With Regard to Commercial Operations  in the 3550 to 3650 MHz Band

As you may recall, over the past year, the Forum has made several filings with the FCC regarding commercial operation in the 3550 to 3650 MHz band (Docket 12-354) and the TAC white paper on harm claim thresholds (Docket 13-101). These filings can be found here:

http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6495

http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6831

http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6963

These filings where all supported by the Forum’s Advocacy Agenda (http://groups.winnforum.org/advocacy ) and focused in 4 areas:

1.  Support for the three tier model

2.  Reduction in size of the protection zones established for incumbents, which are currently based on macro-cell analysis versus the small cells envisioned

3.  Support for a SAS to manage access

4.  Establishment of one or more multi-stakeholder groups to establish harm claim thresholds  

The FCC has now released a Further Notice of Public Rule Making regarding Commercial Operations in the 3550-3650 MHz Band, and so in May the Forum is formed an ad-hoc committee to draft our comments in response. A specific area of focus for this committee will be in response to paragraph 89 of the FNPRM:

In addition, as we noted in the Licensing PN, the TAC has been studying spectrum interference policy and receiver standards in general, and it recommends that the Commission consider forming one or more multi-stakeholder groups to study such standards and interference limits policy at suitable service boundaries, such as those related to the 3.5 GHz Band.165 The Wireless Innovation Forum, in its comments to the Licensing PN, recommended that the FCC encourage the formation of industry led multi-stakeholder groups, proposed key characteristics of such a process, and committed to establishing such a multi-stakeholder process to develop recommendations for the 3.5 GHz Band and other band opportunities.166 Consistent with the recommendations of the TAC, we encourage and suggest industry action to charter a technical group of stakeholders to develop industry coordination agreements and protocols, including technical options and methods for managing spectrum access that would improve access to and make efficient use of the 3.5 GHz Band. What should the scope and charter be of such a multi-stakeholder group? What should be the governance structure of such a group?

The intention of the Forum’s Spectrum Innovation Committee Steering Group and the Board of Directors is to further propose the Forum as the host for such a multi-stakeholder group. 

This ad-hoc committee is meeting every Friday from 8 to 10 PDT to develop these comments, so if you are interested in helping, please contact me directly (lee.pucker@wirelessinnovation.org).

WInnComm 2015 Program Committee

The next Wireless Innovation Forum US Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio (WInnComm 2015) will be held in March of 2015 in San Diego, California. The Chair of this year’s Technical Program Committee is dr. fred harris of San Diego State University. A call for volunteers went out in April, and a program committee was formed. The first meeting of this group will be on 6 June 2014, with a goal of publishing a call for papers, posters, presentations, etc. by in the June time frame.The committee is still seeking volunteers to help in organizing special sessions, so if you are interested in participating, please let me know. 

What is next for the Forum

The next month will be extremely busy for the Forum. Here is what is planned over the next 4 weeks:

  • June SCA Committee Meeting
  • Face to Face Meeting of the Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Annual Report work group
  • Committee ballot of SCA 4.1 work products, including outputs from the SCA 4.1 Backwards Compatibility Work Group, the SCA 4.1 AEP Improvements work group and the SCA 4.1 IDL Profiles Improvements work group
  • Committee ballot of the 2014 to 2017 Strategic Plan for the Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards
  • Forum ballot on the Operations Plan for the year beginning 1 July 2014 (FY2015) 

I will provide updates on all these items as well as provide some addition information on WInnComm-Europe 2015 in my next blog posting. 

Until then…

Lee

Conference Wrap up, New Project Approvals and More!

Hi Again, Everyone!

It has been a while since my last blog posting and a lot has been happening, so let’s get started.

SDR-WInnComm 2014

The Forum held its annual US Conference from March 11 to 13  at Motorola’s Customer briefing Center in Schaumburg, Illinois (http://www.conference.wirelessinnovation.org/). More than 200 people attended from 17 different countries, and a review of the satisfaction surveys shows that 94% of the delegates rated the conference above average or outstanding. The event included keynotes, technical sessions, tutorial sessions, a poster session, multiple workshops and an exhibition featuring 12 of the leading SDR, CR and DSA technology providers. In addition, 15 technical exchange meetings were collocated with this event, advancing the work plans of the Forum’s Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards (http://groups.winnforum.org/SCA_Committee) and the Spectrum Innovation Committee (http://groups.winnforum.org/spectrum_innovation_committee).     

2013 Wireless Innovation Forum Award Winners Announced

The winners of the Forum’s annual achievement awards were announced during the opening reception of SDR-WInnComm 2014. The 2013 Technology of the Year award, given to a breakthrough product or technology advancing SDR, CR or DSA as selected by the Forum’s members, went to the Global Sensor Network developed by the Institute for Telecommunications Research, based in South Australia. The International Achievement Award, given to an individual or organization that made especially significant contributions to the international furtherance or acceptance of SDR, CR and DSA went to Mark Turner of Vanguard Wireless Consulting. Mark also joined Bruce Oberlies of Motorola Solutions in winning the Presidents’ Award, which is given to individuals in recognition of sustained outstanding contributions in support of the Wireless Innovation Forum and its activities. Congratulations and Thank You to all the winners.    

"Open Standard Spectrum Research Format (SSRF)" Project Approved

The Forum’s Project Approval Committee met during SDR-WInnComm to consider two new projects. The first of these is focused on producing an open, cross-domain standard specification and open-source reference implementation based on the SSRF.  SSRF is a government specification published by the Military Communications Electronics Board and is issued under the authority of DOD Directive 5100.35.The specification defines standard data elements for the automated exchange of radio-frequency (RF) spectrum-related data that includes:

  • RF equipment and antenna parameters
  • Spectrum supportability requests and associated host nation replies
  • Temporary and permanent frequency proposals and assignments
  • Frequency allotments
  • Interference reports

Through this project, members of the Forum will collaborate with government representatives to study, propose and implement extensions to the SSRF necessary to support commercial spectrum access systems (SAS) including the database to database exchanges required in TV White Space communications. The goal of the group, led by Jesse Caulfield of Keybridge Global, is to create a standardized strategy and tool kit to describe, store and exchange technical wireless service information that implements and incorporates open, published standards and industry best practices to ensure data integrity and interoperability. The group anticipates that this project will be complementary to the IETF PAWS standard, enabling better support of dynamic spectrum sharing applications.

"Elements of Context for Cognitive Radio Based Public Safety Communications Systems" Project Approved

The Project Approval Committee also approved the development of a new report for public safety community leadership, researchers and product developers who are planning and developing improved capabilities for real-time management of public safety communications resources that will build on the Forum’s ongoing work in Context Aware Cognitive radio and the existing body of knowledge from the Forum’s Public Safety Special Interest Group to:

  • Examine the role, if any, of Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage in Public Safety with respect to Context Aware Cognitive Radio
  • Provide an application-specific example for researchers developing concepts and tools for Context Aware Cognitive Radio technologies;
  • Provide input to researchers and developers addressing real-time communications network management (e.g., tools for Communications Unit Leaders and incident commanders) leveraging reconfigurable and cognitive radio capabilities.

Work on this project is led by Daniel Devasirvatham of Idaho National Labs, and will include include a description of Context Aware Cognitive Radio (CACR), a summary of why CACR is relevant to public safety, and a listing of elements of context needed for effective public safety communications resource management. 

June Meeting of the Coordinating Committee for International SCA Standards (CC SCA) Announced

Work continues to progress on the SCA 4.1 projects underway within the CC SCA, with work products expected to be released to members for initial ballot in May. In addition, work continues to progress on the “Business Models for New Entants in the SDR Tactical Radio Market” report under development by the Committees Tactical Radio Special Interest Group, the report on the “State of the Art in Waveform Portability” project under development by the SCA Implementers Group, and the “SCA Test Lab” document under development by the SCA Test and Certification Group. To support the advancement of these efforts, as well as consider new projects looking beyond SCA 4.1, the CC SCA has planned a face to face meeting to be held 11 to 12 June in Melbourne, Florida. Hosted by Harris, the meeting will be followed by an SCA Advisory Council meeting on the 13th. The Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Annual Report project will also collocate a two day face to face meeting at this meeting. Additional details can be found here: http://groups.winnforum.org/sca-tem-june14    

Reminder: WInnComm-Europe 2014 Call For Papers, Posters and Presentation Proposals ends on Friday, 25 April 2014

Information can be found here: http://www.europe.wirelessinnovation.org/. This year the program committee is seeking proposals for papers, posters and presentations in 5 areas: Top 10 Most Wanted Innovations, International Plans for Spectrum Sharing, Status of the International Tactical Radio Market, CloudRAN, and SDR, CR and DSA Hardware. Abstracts are due April 25th, acceptance notices will go out by May 9th, and draft papers are due 27 June.

What is next for the Forum

The Forum’s SCA 4.1 documents should be in ballot by this time next month, so I will provide an overview of those as well as provide an update on other activities from around the Forum. 

Until then…

Lee

 

February Forum Highlights

Once again, February has been a busy month for the members of the Wireless Innovation Forum. Here is a summary of what has been going on:

SDR-WInnComm 2014

Earlier this month, the Forum announced the final program for this year’s conference, being held March 11th to 13th in Schaumburg, Illinois (http://groups.winnforum.org/2014-Agenda). This year’s conference includes:

Later in the month, the Forum announced an additional keynote talk from Professor Ulrich L. Rhode (http://groups.winnforum.org/2014-keynotes), and that Critical RF had joined the list of exhibitors, as well as Wireless@VT (http://groups.winnforum.org/2014-Exhibitors). 

WInnComm Europe 2014 Conference

The Forum’s next European Conference was also announced in February. The event this year will be November 4-6 in Rome, Italy and will be hosted by Selex ES (Thank, Selex!). The Program Committee has formed and is looking at topics for the call for papers and presentations, as well as options for special sessions and posters. Please contact me if you are interested in participating in this committee.

New project initiated by the International Tactical Radio Special Interest Group

The Steering Group for the Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards approved a new project in February to update the "Business Models for New Entrants in the SDR Tactical Radio Market" report originally released in 2013. The updated report will review changes in existing programs, and add new programs that have emerged. The report will also provide additional examples and testimonials on business models, and include a market report on the different suppliers of waveform engineering, tools and testing solutions for this market segment. The report may also extend into other adjacent market segments, including airborne and ground to air capabilities, as well as tactical data links. Anyone interested in contributing to this report should contact me.

Requests for Contribution Issued

Two of the Forum’s committees issued requests for contributions in February 

  • Spectrum Occupancy Studies: The Spectrum Innovation Committee announced a call for contributions of reports, both published and unpublished, showing utilization of spectrum in TV bands, cellular bands and other bands up to 5 GHz. Contributions received will be summarized in the Forum’s forthcoming Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Annual Report. Spectrum occupancy studies received in this request for contributions will be analyzed to compare and contrast how the data was collected to develop a harmonized set of conclusions. The members of the Forum are specifically looking for studies that measure occupancy as a function of time and space, and will compare and contrast measurement techniques as appropriate. The project may also perform a gap analysis to identify areas for further study. 

        Additional information can be found here: http://groups.winnforum.org/pr-forum-seeks-occupancy-studies-in-developing-its-dynamic-spectrum-sharing-annual-report

  • SCA 4.1 Change Proposals: The Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards issued a request for contributions of proposed changes to the Software Communications Architecture in 4 areas:
    • DSP/FPGA Operating environments
    • Managing Errors and Exceptions
    • Capacity Performance Modeling
    • Document organization

Contributions received may be used in whole or in part in providing recommendations to the JTNC on proposed modifications to be included in SCA 4.1. Expressions of intent to contribute are requested by the committee’s steering group by March 6th. Additional information can be found here: http://groups.winnforum.org/pr-wireless-innovation-forum-solicits-call-for-input-on-sca-40-in-four-areas

Other News: US DoD Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy

Last week, the US Department of Defense release a new EMS strategy to “meet the growing demand from the commercial wireless industry while maintaining critical military capabilities”:

http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=16547 

The members of the Forum will be evaluating this document to determine ways in which the Forum can work to support the US DoD in achieving its objectives. 

What is next for the Forum

Next month, I will provide a wrap up of SDR-WInnComm, as well as discuss a number of new activities, including:

  • The Forum’s goals for year starting 1 July 2014, as defined by the Board of Directors
  • Details on the European conference call for papers and presentations 
  • Highlights of two new projects being initiated by the Forum’s members

Until then…

Lee

Looking back at 2013 and ahead to 2014

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a great time over the holidays.

As we start a new year, I thought it would be good to look back on the Forum’s accomplishments in 2013. 

New Members in 2013

In 2013, the Forum welcomed 12 new members:

Accomplishments

2013 was a tough year for many of our members, largely due to continuing cutbacks in government spending around the world coupled with continuing regulatory uncertainty in new technology markets. In spite of these things, the members of the Forum accomplished an enormous amount, with 360 volunteers producing 5 new recommendations, 3 new reports, 2 new standards and 2 conferences to advance the Forum’s mission of advocating for the innovative use of spectrum, and advancing radio technologies that support essential or critical communications worldwide. Highlights of these accomplishments, organized by strategic focus, are as follows:  

  • Advocacy: In 2013 the members of the Forum balloted and approved the Forum’s first Advocacy Agenda (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6526 ), establishing for the first time the consensus positions that the Forum will use to collaborate with governments, regulators, standards bodies, and research sponsors acting as the voice of the wireless innovation community. Building from this agenda, the Forum was able to comment in multiple venues on multiple news items, and made four formal filings as follows:
  • Wireless Innovation Forum’s Comments to the FCC regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order on Enabling Innovative Small Cell Use in the 3.5GHz Band Adopted December 12, 2012 (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6495 )
  • Wireless Innovation Forum’s Comments to the FCC regarding the Public Notice on the Technological Advisory Council (TAC) White Paper and Recommendations for Improving Receiver Performance (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6831 )
  • Wireless Innovation Forum’s Comments to ITU WP-5A regarding the working document towards a preliminary draft new report ITU-R [LMS CRS2] Cognitive radio systems [(CRS) applications] in the land mobile service (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6929 )
  • Wireless Innovation Forum’s Comments to the FCC regarding Licensing Models and Technical Requirements in the 3550-3650 Band (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6963 )

 

  • Innovation: The primary accomplishment of the members of the Forum in fostering innovation was in publishing a revision of the “Top 10 Most Wanted Wireless Innovations” (http://groups.winnforum.org/p/do/sd/sid=4045&type=0 ). The key change in version three of this popular document was the inclusion of “Context Aware Cognitive Radio”, replacing “Means of Coverage Extension” as Most Wanted Innovation #7. The Forum’s Top 10 list has been widely used as justification by multiple small businesses in developing plans and by academic institutions in applying for research grants. 

    The members of the Forum also actively collaborated with multiple partner organizations to foster innovation, including the IEEE DySPAN Standards Committee, ETSI TC RRS, IEICE in Japan, the ACROPOLIS Program, the COST TERRA Program, the PHYLAWS Program, and the QOSMOS Program (http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/Partners ).  
  • Commercialization: The primary accomplishment of the members of the Forum in the area of commercialization was in the publication of two new Radio Security Services Specifications:
  • International Radio Security Services API (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6706)
  • International Radio Security Services API Functional Requirements Analysis and Specification (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6707)

    In addition, Forum’s Modeling Language for Mobility Workgroup submitted their Cognitive Radio Ontology specification (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/3370 ) for consideration to be included in the P1900.5.1 policy language standard. The Forum’s members, working in conjunction with the US JTNC, hosted a workshop to identify requirements for the evolution of the SCA Standard, and to set a work plan for the development of a revision of the standard addressing the defined requirements (https://sdf.memberclicks.net/assets/sca%204.1%20workshop%20outbrief.pdf). 
  • Education: In support of the Forum’s education mandate, the Forum’s members organized and hosted two successful conferences, providing a venue for hundreds of participants to exchange information on emerging communications requirements, SDR, CR and DSA technology solutions, new business models and markets, and and regulatory changes:

What lies ahead in 2014

2014 is looking to be an exciting time for the Forum. In the first half of the year, work will continue on the new projects announced in 2013, including:

In March, the Forum will host our annual US Conference, SDR-WInnComm 2014 in Schaumburg Illinois (http://groups.winnforum.org/SDR-WInnComm-2014 ), and will announce the call for papers for SDR-WInnComm-Europe. As always, a complete listing of all the Forum’s projects and events can be found at www.wirelessinnovation.org. 

Until next month,
Lee

December update from CEO, Lee Pucker

Dear Colleagues,

As the holidays approach and activities begin to wind down for the year, I thought it would be a good time to bring everyone up to speed on what has been happening around the Forum

New Members

The Forum is pleased to welcome two new members in November:

The members of the Forum are excited to be working with both of these organizations and look forward to their participation in all of our projects and programs.

Spectrum Sharing Annual Report Project Formation Web Meeting

A work group formation meeting was held for a new project focused on creating a reference guide that identifies and synthesizes the results of spectrum sharing research and trials, identifies projects in development and articulates issues being addressed and that need to be solved. This project will utilize one on one interviews with decision and policy makers, research available publications, conference proceedings, and contributions from researchers and developers outlining details on:

  • Spectrum occupancy studies
  • LSA/ASA studies and trials
  • DSA, White Space and Spectrum Sharing Test beds, field trials
  • Relevant research programs
  • Relevant standards developments, including shortcomings of standards (e.g. carrier aggregation)
  • Relevant regulatory proceedings and other public policy actions, including future plans for specific bands
  • Business Models
  • Technology Survey
    • Technology advances and new developments,
    • IP survey, perhaps with a graph showing number of patents versus year
    • Spectrum sharing, white space devices

Inputs may also be taken from the proceedings of facilitated workshops hosted by the Forum. It is planned to be updated annually. The formation meeting had almost 30 in attendance and developed a work plan that included breaking into subgroups in developing each of the relevant sections. This is a large undertaking, and so the work group is still seeking active participants, so if you are interested please contact me directly.  

SCA 4.1 Workshop

The members of the Forum, working in cooperation with the JTNC, held a very successful workshop exploring potential changes to the baseline SCA and SCA appendices moving forward. The result of this event was a work plan defined as follows:

  • What to definitely include in SCA 4.1
    • Backwards compatibility
      • Managed by WINNF
      • Project lead = Steve Bernier
    • IDL Changes
      • Managed by JTNC
      • Project Lead = Kevin Richardson
    • Optional Inheritance
      • Managed by WINNF
      • Project Lead = Steve Bernier
    • AEPs
      • Managed by WINNF
      • Project lead = Eric Nicollet
    • IDL Profiles
      • Managed by WINNF
      • Project lead = Eric Nicollet
    • Document clean up
      • Managed by JTNC
      • Project Lead = Kevin Richardson
  • What to include in SCA 4.1 if sufficient contributions received (contributions may be solicited via RFC/RFP Process)
    • DSP and FPGA OE
    • Errors and Exceptions
    • Capacity/performance model
    • Document organization
  • To be resolved (work here may require directed studies)
    • Zero copy
    • Two way performance (FKA One Ways)
    • Static versus dynamic
    • Flow connections
  • Parking Lot Topics (To be explored in SCA 4.2 and beyond)
    • Optimized protocols
    • Waveform PIM (IDL, UML)
    • PSM Neutrality for Application components

The first project, focused on backwards compatibility has already kicked off. Those interested in participating can contact me directly.   

Comments filed on FCC Proposed Licensing Framework on 3.5 GHz Citizens Band Service

The members of the Forum again filed comments with the FCC in December, this time on their public notice seeking comments on licensing models and technical requirements for the 3.5 GHz Citizens Band Service. A copy of the Forum’s comments can be found here: 

http://groups.winnforum.org/Recommendations

In these comments, the Forum supported the FCC’s efforts in defining Harm Claim Thresholds as a tool to determining appropriate relationships between primary and secondary users, and increased multiuse spectrum available for both narrowband and wideband systems. The Forum also supports regulatory and policy development based on services rather than technology to continue fostering innovation in all areas of science and technology used in communication systems. Recommendations provided by the Forum included the formation of industry-led multi-stakeholder groups to address specific interference and interference mitigation issues, such as the CBS bands. The Forum believes the FCC will best be served by executing on the framework above to enable stakeholders to work together to form tightly focused working groups to evaluate all current and emerging technical issues that are reverent to spectrum sharing for specific use cases and frequency bands of interest. 

Other Conference and Event News

November and December have been very active months for the Forum in defining the conference and event calendar for the first quarter of 2014:

    • 21 to 24 January 2014 in Paris, France. Hosted by Thales.
    • 11 to 13 March 2014 in Schaumburg, Il. Hosted by Motrola Solutions.
    • Keynotes announced from Vanu Bose, John Chapin, Johanna Dwyer, Greg Ennis, Bruce Fette and Dennis Roberson: http://groups.winnforum.org/2014-Keynotes
    • Workshops:

Next Month

In January, I will present a 2013 year in review and look at what is planned for the first 6 months of the new calendar year. Until that time, I wish everyone happy holidays.

Lee

This month, from CEO Lee Pucker

Dear Colleagues,

Lots going on since my October Blog entry, so let me bring you up to speed on the Forum’s activities:

New Members

The Forum is pleased to welcome two new members in October:

The members of the Forum are excited to be working with both of these organizations and look forward to their participation in all of our projects and programs.

PHYLAWS External Advisory Board Meeting

In October I had the honor of participating in the PHYLAWS External Advisory Board meeting. The PHYLAWS Project is a European Seventh Framework Program with a primary objective to “design and prove efficiency of new privacy concepts for wireless communications that exploit propagation properties of radio channels” (http://www.phylaws-ict.org/).  As a member of the External Advisory Board, I was able to leverage the body of knowledge accumulated by the Forum over its 17 year history to provide feedback to the program on its work to date and planned activities.

SSPARC Workshop Announced

DARPA recently launched the SSPARC program (Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications) and the Forum has announced a workshop to be held in conjunction with our US Conference in March and intended to bring together the Wireless Innovation Forum community and current SSPARC participants to exchange ideas on SSPARC and build future collaborations. One of the goals of the workshop is to provide an international forum to exchange concepts, plans and discuss on-going work in this area. Proposals for this workshop are due 27 November, and additional details can be found at http://groups.winnforum.org/SSPARC-2014

Awards Nominations Launched

The Forum has also launched our annual awards program. Through this program, the Forum is seeking nominations in two areas:

  • Wireless Innovation Forum International Achievement Award 
    This award is presented to an individual, group of individuals or organization that made especially significant contributions to international furtherance or acceptance of Software Defined or Cognitive Radio.  
  • Wireless Innovation Forum Technology of the Year Award 
    This award is presented to an individual or organization for a breakthrough product or technology in the field of software defined or cognitive radio as selected by the members.   

Nominations are due 2 December and can be made by filing out a form located here.

Another FCC filing in the works…

This seems to be the year of regulatory filings for the Forum, largely because of high amount of activity going on world-wide involving dynamic spectrum access and spectrum sharing. The latest involves the Public Notice Issued by the FCC on 1 November requesting comments on a new proposed licensing framework for the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Service (http://www.fcc.gov/document/35-ghz-licensing-framework-pn.). This notice is in follow up to two previous requests for comments that the Forum responded to:

The Forum’s Receiver Performance Guidelines Work Group and Regulatory Committee will be meeting jointly in November to prepare additional comments in response to this Public Notice supporting the Forum’s mission of advocating for the innovative use of spectrum, and advancing radio technologies that support essential and critical communications. 

Webcast on SCA Standards in Defense Communications

On 5 November, the Steering Group of the Forum’s Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards held a webinar entitled “SCA Standards for Defense Communications: Global Adoption, Proven Performance”.  The webinar went really well, with over 50 people registered and lots of really good questions following the formal presentation. The recorded version of this webinar and the webinar slides can be found here: https://sdf.memberclicks.net/webinars

Looking ahead …

The remainder November is looking to be an EXTREMELY busy month for the Forum and its members:

Until next time …

Lee

Welcome!

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to our new Blog. I hope to publish this at least monthly to bring everyone up to date on what has been going on in the Forum and what you can expect in the near future. I will also occasionally comment on recent events as they relate to the Forum’s Top 10 Most Wanted Innovations and Advocacy Agendas.

So without further ado – let’s dive in.

Follow up with the FCC on NPRM Filing

Over the summer, the Forum’s Receiver Performance Guidelines work group, chaired by Bruce Mueller of Motorola Solutions, filed comments with the FCC on the Office of Engineering and Technology’s (OET) Technological Advisory Council (TAC) white paper and recommendations for improving receiver performance (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6831). In those comments, The Forum strongly supported the Council’s approach to include all stakeholders in determination of policy development and recommended a series of workshops be held to finalize a regulatory roadmap for multiuse spectrum. 

Last month, the Forum followed up with the FCC in an ex parte filing elaborating on our thoughts for establishing a Multi-Stakeholder Spectrum Advisory Committee (MSSAC).  The details of that filing can be found on the FCC electronic filing page (once the government shutdown is over as their site is currently down). The Receiver Performance Guidelines work group plans to continue to support the FCC in advancing this topic, as the members of the Forum consider the regulation of receiver performance a key element in enabling spectrum sharing (http://groups.winnforum.org/p/bl/et/blogid=32&blogaid=55).

New Top 10 List Published

In September, the members of the Forum balloted and approved a revision to the Forum’s Top 10 Most Wanted Wireless Innovations list (http://groups.winnforum.org/winnforum_top_ten). The primary change in this version was the introduction of “Context Aware Cognitive Radio” as a wanted innovation, replacing “Means of Coverage Extension” in the Forum member’s Top 10 List. This innovation requires methods, tools, architectures and languages that the Forum believes need to be developed to enable cognitive radio systems to incorporate contextual reasoning into their decision processes. By adapting to dynamic contexts, cognitive radio algorithms can be automatically matched to changing conditions, wireless network performance can be significantly improved, end user experience enhanced, and network management time and costs reduced.

The Top 10 List remains the Forum’s most downloaded document, and feedback we have received indicates that it is used to set research agendas and help provide justification for reseach grant applications.

SDR-WInnComm 2014 Workshops Announced

In September, The Forum announced the call for presentations for two workshops to be held in conjunction with SDR-WInnComm-2014 (http://groups.winnforum.org/2014-Workshops ):

Real World Implementations & Demonstrations of SDR, CR and DSA – The concepts of Software Defined Radio, Cognitive Radio and Dynamic Spectrum Access have had a profound impact on the wireless industry over the past two decades.  Arguably, every modern wireless communication system made today is SDR based, has cognitive characteristics, and someday will access spectrum dynamically.  This workshop will highlight examples of real world SDR, CR and DSA wireless systems, and draw on academic and policy perspectives to anticipate the potential advances in the next two decades.   Results from wireless testbeds and trials will outline the knowledge that has been captured, and the futures ahead.  Drawing from the defense, commercial and consumer markets, the influence and impact of these technologies in improving communications will be highlighted, as well as the potential for further technical advances. The deadline for proposals is November 5th.

Future Trends in SDR, CR and DSA Business  – Spectrum management has become a hotly debated topic with some arguing that spectrum is a scarce resource and others stating that improving spectrum utilization is, in fact, the key issue. Means of increasing spectrum utilization include spectrum sharing and mitigating interference. How spectrum is managed and regulated impacts mobile operators in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum, broadcasters, wireless infrastructure and device manufacturers, and end users in multiple markets and industry segments. The Wireless Innovation Forum is bringing together experts from multiple industries representing both views to discuss this issue, as well as offer potential solutions to regulators, operators, manufacturers and end users. The deadline for proposals is November 12th. 

Lee Pucker, MSc. PMC CAE® PMP®

Chief Executive Officer