Wireless Innovation Forum
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Occupancy Studies: The Spectrum Innovation Committee announced a call for contributions of reports, both published and unpublished, showing utilization of spectrum in TV bands, cellular bands and other bands up to 5 GHz.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”:


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…


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:


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,

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: 


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.


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 …



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

Driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide.
SDR-WInnComm 2014 is only 6 months away! Now is the best time to get the spot you want for our Expo. Here’s some more info. on why this is the place to exhibit and how you can secure your spot: http://www.conference.wirelessinnovation.org/sponsorship-and-exhibiting

SDR-WInnComm 2014 is only 6 months away! Now is the best time to get the spot you want for our Expo. Here’s some more info. on why this is the place to exhibit and how you can secure your spot: http://www.conference.wirelessinnovation.org/sponsorship-and-exhibiting