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:
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:
- 7 technical sessions
- 5 Tutorial sessions
- A Poster session
- A workshop on Future Trends in SDR, CR and DSA Business (http://groups.winnforum.org/FT-2014)
- A workshop on Real World Implementations and Demonstrations of SDR, CR and DSA (http://groups.winnforum.org/RWI-2014)
- A Workshop on Technologies and Opportunities for Sharing with Radar (http://groups.winnforum.org/SSPARC-2014)
- A Panel Session on the remaining problems to be solved in SDR, CR and DSA
- 15 working meetings of the Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards and the Spectrum Innovation Committee (see the full agenda for meeting times and locations http://groups.winnforum.org/2014-Agenda).
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