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    Aug 29, 2014 Wireless Innovation Forum Commends FCC and NTIA on Model City Proposal in NPRM Comments Filed Today

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (http://www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today filed comments with the FCC and NTIA regarding the Public Notice and Request for Comments on the Model City for Demonstrating and Evaluating Advanced Spectrum Sharing Technologies. In the filing, the Forum commends the FCC and NTIA on their model city proposal, as they have long believed in the establishment and utilization of real world Spectrum Test Beds and Test Cities to mature and validate technologies that will increase spectrum efficiency.

    Per the Forum’s Advocacy Agenda (http://groups.winnforum.org/p/cm/ld/fid=355), Forum members believe that if done properly, these experiments could lead to improved spectrum sharing mechanisms that enhance interference avoidance capabilities while enabling increased spectrum efficiency.  Additionally, members support government sponsorship and funding availability to facilitate real world spectrum Test-Beds and overcome existing barriers to spectrum sharing by adjacent and co-channel incumbent spectrum holders.

    Furthermore, members of the Forum recommend that innovations in the following areas, extracted from the Forum’s “Top 10 Most Wanted Wireless Innovations” be evaluated in the proposed model city:

    • Innovation #3: Receiver Performance Specifications
    • Innovation #4: Low Cost Wide Spectral Range RF Front-End (Multi-octave Contiguous) (Tx,Rx)
    • Innovation #5: Techniques to Minimize Power Amplifier Spectral Regrowth in Non-contiguous Spectral Environment
    • Innovation #7: Context Aware Cognitive Radio
    • Innovation #8: Interference Mitigation Techniques
    • Innovation #9: Standardized Computer Interpretable Policy Language for Cognitive Radio
    • Innovation #10: Flexible Regulatory Framework for Temporary, Cooperative and Opportunistic Access

    In the filing, the Forum also reinforced the creation of a Multi-stakeholder Group hosted by the Forum as offered in recent comments on the matter of “Amendment of the Commission’s Rules with Regard to Commercial Operations in the 3550 to 3650 MHz Band” (GN Docket 12-354). Once formed, this Multi-stakeholder Group would 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’s further proposes to publish the results of these workshops in our Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Annual Report, the inaugural edition of which will be available this fall.

    The entirety of the Forum’s comments to the FCC can be found in our Document Library (http://groups.winnforum.org/Recommendations).

    To learn more about the Forum’s Advocacy Agenda: http://groups.winnforum.org/advocacy.

    To learn more about the Forum’s Top Ten Wireless Innovations: http://groups.winnforum.org/winnforum_top_ten

     

    Jul 30, 2014 Wireless Innovation Forum Announces Approval of its FY2015 Operations Plan by Membership

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (http://www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the approval of its 2015 Operations plan by its membership.  The Wireless Innovation Forum Board of Directors has established the following eight items as high level objectives for the Forum for the period from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 in executing on the Forum’s Strategic Plan:  

    • Establish the Forum as the multi-stakeholder group for federal spectrum sharing
    • Revitalize defense communications membership
    • Establish relevant projects
    • Formalize partnership relationships with end user community  
    • Improve regional support  
    • Strengthen the Forum’s brand. 
    • Grow Revenue
    • Harmonize Standards

    “I’m excited by the 2015 Operations plan that outlines notable activities and work products that will facilitate the Forum’s mission of advocating for the innovative use of spectrum and advancing radio technologies that support essential or critical communications worldwide,” said WInnForum chair Bruce Oberlies of Motorola (NYSE:MSI). 

    This plan is supported through objectives by its Spectrum Innovation Committee (SIC) and the Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards (CC SCA).

    Objectives for the SIC include:

    • Establishing the Forum as the Multi-Stakeholder Group for Federal Spectrum Sharing
    • Establishing relevant projects
    • Formalizing partnership relationships with end user communities
    • Growing revenue

    SIC objectives will be supported through a project plan that includes acting on existing projects, supporting the Spectrum Innovation Committee Roadmap, evolving the Forum’s Top Ten Most Wanted Wireless Innovations List and supporting the advocacy agenda.

    Current SIC projects include:

    • Integrated Communications Systems Model
    • Receiver Performance Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria
    • Spectrum Sharing Annual Report
    • Standard Spectrum Resource Format (SSRF)
    • Elements of Context for Cognitive Radio Based Public Safety Communications Systems

    More information about these projects can be found on the SI web page: http://groups.winnforum.org/spectrum_innovation_committee

    Objectives for the CC SCA include:

    • Increasing committee participation and revenue generation
    • Acting as SCA standards custodian
    • Rebranding the committee
    • Driving SCA standards evolution through needs-based roadmaps
    • Developing and leveraging end-user community partnerships
    • Promoting SCA standards and technology globally

    The CC SCA plans to deliver multiple work products through a series of projects in FY2015, including:

    • SCA Waveform Applications Portability Guidelines          
    • SCA Test Lab Recommendation
    • Business Models for New Entrants in the Tactical Radio Market
    • SCA Harmonization Roadmap
    • SCA Evolution
    • SCA Advocacy
    • CC SCA Rebranding

    Information on these projects can be found on the CC SCA web page: http://groups.winnforum.org/SCA_Committee

    Through these objectives, the members of the Forum will develop multiple Reports, Recommendations and Specifications over the coming year for use by the broader advanced wireless community that will be added to our comprehensive Document library: http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/document_library.

    The next Technical Exchange meeting to advance Forum projects will be held in Rome, Italy, 3-7 November 2014. More information on that event can be found here: http://groups.winnforum.org/2014-europe-tem-agenda. The meeting will be held concurrently with the fifth annual Wireless Innovation Forum Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio (WInnComm-Europe 2014). The conference will feature tree days of high level keynotes, technical presentations, a Tactical Radio Workshop and more. Information can be found at http://Europe.WirelessInnovation.org.

    The FY2015 Operations Plan can be downloaded here: http://groups.winnforum.org/winnforum-fy2015-operations-plan .

    To learn more about the benefits of Forum Membership, visit our web page at http://www.WirelessInnovation.org.

     

    Jul 10, 2014 Wireless Innovation Forum Commends FCC in FNPRM Comments; Proposes Hosting Multi-Stakeholder Groups

    Washington, DC – The Wireless Innovation Forum (http://www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today filed comments with the FCC on the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in the Matter of Amendment of the Commission’s Rules with Regard to Commercial Operations in the 3550-3650 MHz Band (Docket 12-354). In this response, the Forum commends the Commission for recognizing and supporting the need for engagement with an unbiased industry led Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG), summarizes the qualifications for hosting the MSG and proposes the structure of the MSG as well as the charter for potential working groups. 

    In proposing itself as the host for the MSG, the Forum suggests the creation of a US Regional Committee within the Forum, and the subsequent formation of four multi-stakeholder Working Groups (WGs) to directly address the science and technology that form the foundation of most of the difficult regulatory issues raised by the Commission in the FNPRM. These groups include Receiver Performance Working Group (RP-WG), Spectrum Access System (SAS) Working Group (SAS-WG), Exclusion Zone (EZ) Working Group (EZ-WG), and Technology Roadmap (TR) Working Group (TR-WG).

    “The Forum has a long history of successfully forming and operating international multi-stakeholder groups and organizations, such as the Forum’s Coordinating Committee on International Software Communications Architecture Standards (CC SCA). We believe the creation of a US Regional Committee within the Forum will leverage this capability and meet the wireless industry need to develop recommendations for the 3.5GHz Band and other band opportunities in the US. “ said Bruce Oberlies, Chair Wireless Innovation Forum.

    The CC SCA is a Technical Committee of the Wireless Innovation Forum created in November of 2010 to oversee the evolution and adoption, at the international level, of SCA standards for the development of software defined radios. The multi-stakeholder working groups operating within the CC SCA committee have created and voted out 10 reports, recommendations and specifications since inception, with an additional seven documents currently in ballot (http://groups.winnforum.org/SCA_Committee). Additionally, the CC SCA has been working as public liaison for the JTNC to provide input on remedying issues with SCA 4.0 through production of SCA 4.1. A preview of the changes included in the revised standard will occur in October (http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140626006445/en/Wireless-Innovation-Forum-Sets-Date-Preview-included#.U72py_ldWtN).

    Additionally in the filing, the members of the Forum commend the Commission on adopting the three-tier spectrum sharing framework envisioned in the PCAST report and see no obstacles to the immediate implementation. The members of the Forum also applaud the Commission’s plan to reassess the proposed Exclusion Zones and provide considerations for the Commission to aid their process. The Forum further offers summary comments on SAS and Security, with responses to the Commission’s specific questions provided.

    In previous responses to similar topics, the Forum has expressed its support for spectrum sharing and the use of small cell technology in the 3.5 GHz band and the value of utilizing multi-stakeholder groups (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6495), as well as elaborated on the foundational elements of multi-stakeholder groups, and the opportunity to define not only the operating rules for the 3550-3650 band, but significant future shared spectrum bands (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6963).

    The entirety of the Forum’s comments to the FCC can be found in our Document Library (http://groups.winnforum.org/Recommendations).

    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.

     

    Jul 07, 2014 Wireless Innovation Forum Sets Date for Preview of Changes included in Upcoming SCA 4.1 Standard

    The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the dates for a preview of changes included in the much anticipated SCA 4.1 Standard. The event, held in cooperation with the Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC), will occur in the Washington, DC area following MILCOM on 9-10 October 2014. More event details will be announced later this summer.

    The Forum’s Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards has been working as public liaison for the JTNC to provide input on remedying issues with SCA 4.0 through production of SCA 4.1 since the November 2013 kick-off workshop (http://groups.winnforum.org/p/cm/ld/fid=403). Working groups within the Committee have produced several documents currently up for vote including:

    • 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 Committee Ballot and SCA 4.1 IDL Profile Specification Committee Ballot. These documents will be delivered by the WInnForum to the JTNC once all comments received during balloting are resolved and balloting completes.

    More information about the Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards can be found here:http://groups.winnforum.org/SCA_Committee.

    Wireless Innovation Forum member representatives have initiated and led multiple work efforts that promote their organization’s specific objectives through the creation of reports, recommendations and specifications that are widely used by the advanced wireless community. The importance of these "work products" is reflected in the fact that over 22,000 individual documents were downloaded from the Forum’s Work Products document library in 2013 alone.

    Supported by platinum Sponsor Selex ES, and Media Sponsor Thales, WInnForum has several working groups focusing on projects related to SCA and Spectrum Innovation. Visit http://www.WirelessInnovation.org to learn more. Individuals or organizations wishing to participate in WInnForum Working Groups should contact Lee Pucker at Lee.Pucker@WirelessInnovation.org.

     

    May 23, 2014 Wireless Innovation Forum Appoints New Board of Directors Members

    The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the appointment of two new Board of Directors members elected at the Forum’s Board Meeting on 13 May. Joining the board as Members at Large are Darcy Swain-Walsh of MITRE and Salvador D’Itri of Shared Spectrum Company.

    Darcy Swain-Walsh is a Lead Communications Engineer at The MITRE Corporation, a not-for profit company that operates federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs).  She leads projects related to Federal spectrum management, focusing on spectrum sharing, policy, and strategic planning.   She is currently vice-Chair of the IEEE DYSPAN-SC 1900.5 working group on Policy Language and Architectures for Managing Cognitive Radio for Dynamic Spectrum Access Applications.  Darcy holds a B.S. in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The George Washington University.

    Salvador D’Itri is Director of Sales and Marketing for Shared Spectrum Company in Vienna, VA. He has more than 20 years experience in driving technology innovations and leading business development and product marketing in embedded wireless systems, Software as a Service and cloud computing markets. He is an appointed member of the Cable and Information Technology Commission for Arlington County, VA. D'Itri received a M.A. in telecommunications 

     

    Apr 04, 2014 Project on Elements of Context for Cognitive Radio Based Public Safety Communications Systems

    The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the approval of the new project: “Elements of Context for Cognitive Radio Based Public Safety Communications Systems. Led by the Forum’s Public Safety Special Interest Group, chaired by Daniel Devasirvatham of Idaho National Laboratory, the project was approved at the Forum’s annual conference on Wireless Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio  (SDR-WInnComm 2014) in Shaumburg, Illinois, 11-13 March 2014.

    “The Forum’s Public Safety Special Interest Group has a strong history of creating thought leadership on the use of SDR and Cognitive Radio’s ability to change how Public Safety communicates,” said Bruce Oberlies of Motorola Solutions and Chair of the Forum.  “This project will leverage that work and Forum’s recent work Context Aware cognitive radio to enhance Public Safety’s communication as the context changes through the lifecycle of an incident.”

    This report is being created 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. It 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, and
    • 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.

    The scope of this report will 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.

    Individuals or organizations wishing to participate in this project should contact Lee Pucker at Lee.Pucker@WirelessInnovation.org. More information on the project can be found here: http://groups.winnforum.org/spectrum_innovation_committee.

    Wireless Innovation Forum member representatives have initiated and led multiple work efforts that promote their organization’s specific objectives through the creation of reports, recommendations and specifications that are widely used by the advanced wireless community. The importance of these "work products" is reflected in the fact that over 22,000 individual documents were downloaded from the Forum’s Work Products document library in 2013 alone.

     

    Mar 27, 2014 Wireless Innovation Forum Applauds Comments of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at Brookings Institute

    The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced support of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s recent comments at the Brookings Institute’s workshop “Wireless Spectrum and the Future of Technology Innovation” (http://www.fcc.gov/document/chairman-wheeler-remarks-brookings-institution ), particularly in regards to spectrum sharing and innovation in the 3.5 GHz band.

    During his speech, Chairman Wheeler references the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) report and subsequently dubs the 3.5 GHz band as the “Innovation Band.” The members of the Forum applaud this designation, recognizing the value of  minimizing regulatory barriers to entry in this band for promoting technological innovation, enabling entrepreneurs to pursue new business opportunities throughout the wireless value chain. The Forum announced its support of the spectrum sharing goals in PCAST on June 18, 2013 (http://groups.winnforum.org/pr-pcast), believing that modern flexible, market-based regulatory policies can overlay existing licensing schemes to further enable innovative technologies. Such technologies enable innovative flexible frameworks that can apply across multiple bands and wireless services. 

    Wheeler goes on to say that “the 3.5 GHz band provides a real-life opportunity to apply some bold thinking about receiver performance.” The members of the Forum concur, and have identified this as one of their Top Ten Most Wanted Wireless Innovations (http://groups.winnforum.org/winnforum_top_ten). The Forum’s Receiver Performance Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria Task Group, Chaired By Bruce Mueller of Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) and operating within the Forum’s Spectrum Innovation Committee (http://groups.winnforum.org/spectrum_innovation_committee), is specifically focused on this important topic, and is exploring the use of Harm Claim Thresholds as a way to enable radio technologies to better co-exist in shared and adjacent spectrum.

    Additional specific comments made by Wheeler supported by the Forum’s members include avoiding balkanization of spectrum into sub-bands each with its own set of rules.The Forum strongly endorses technology and service neutrality to enable innovative and efficient use of spectrum, believing that spectrum should be allocated following a usage rights method that has the minimum necessary technical restrictions to provide adequate protection against harmful interference. The increase in users’ flexibility and ability to respond faster to changing market and deployment conditions inherent in such neutrality will enhance the ability to increase spectrum usage efficiency.

    “The Forum believes that increased neutrality with respect to the specific uses of spectrum will result in increased innovation in wireless applications,” says Lee Pucker, CEO of the Wireless Innovation Forum. “Optimal use of radio spectrum is more likely to be secured if the market, and not the regulator, decides what technology or service should be provided in a particular frequency band.”

    A new flexible regulatory framework is included in the Forum’s Top Ten Most Wanted Wireless Innovations as well. Members believe such a framework is needed to enable the operation of advanced wireless devices and systems that meet reconfigurability requirements across multiple bands and wireless services on a temporary, cooperative or opportunistic basis.

    In regards to Wheeler’s statement that he is preparing a proposal with rules to make the “PCAST vision a reality” and that the proposal would include “a flexible auction and licensing scheme that leverages the technical capability of a Spectrum Access System database,” the Forum’s members look forward to reviewing this proposal. These members believe in the unified active management of spectrum (terrestrial / air / space / maritime) to maximize spectrum utilization, and the use of spectrum access databases as one important tool to enable increased sharing and thereby increase the dynamic nature of spectrum management.

    Finally, Chairman Wheeler stated that he expects that a multi-stakeholder group would be convened to explore ways to “drive not only efficient transmission, but also efficient reception, in the [3.5 GHz] band.” The Forum has previously commented on mutlti-stakeholder groups (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6831, http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6963) and reiterates its willingness to support the Commission in achieving this objective. The Forum believes that the role of receiver parameters and their related consideration in spectrum engineering should be given greater prominence in order to enhance spectrum efficiency and to help maximize value to the economy and society.

    To learn more about the Forum’s mission, visit http://www.WirelessInnovation.org. To learn more about  Top Ten Most Wanted Wireless Innovations, an ongoing project to identify major innovations that would be required to create the foundation of the next generation of wireless devices, visit  http://groups.winnforum.org/winnforum_top_ten

     

    Mar 26, 2014 Wireless Innovation Forum Announces New Spectrum Standard Specification Project

    The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the approval of a new project aimed at the development of an open, cross-domain standard specification and an open-source reference implementation of that specification available to the public.The Open Standard Spectrum Resource Format (Open SSRF) is a project of the Forum’s Spectrum Innovation Committee and is sponsored by Keybridge Global, LLC, Spectrum Bridge Inc, and The MITRE Corporation, and led by Jesse Caulfield of Key Bridge Global, LLC, of the Forum’s Spectrum Innovation Committee.

    “SSRF is widely adopted by government and military organizations but largely unknown to commercial industry. This Open SSRF project will establish a solid, open-sourced technology foundation for future dynamic spectrum access and joint spectrum sharing initiatives worldwide,” said Jesse Caulfield of Key Bridge Global LLC and Chair of this project group. “I am particularly encouraged by the strong support this project has received across industry and government.”

    SSRF is a government specification published by the Military Communications Electronics Board and is issued under the authority of DOD Directive 5100.35. SSRF is aligned with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Office of Spectrum Managements Data Dictionary (OSMDD) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Spectrum Management Allied Data Exchange Format – eXtensible Markup Language (SMADEF-XML). 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 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.

    Other member organizations participating in this project include Artisan Wireless Solutions, Aviacomm, Fraunhofer Institute, Harris Corporation and Idaho National Labs. Other contributors will be announced shortly. At this time, the group is seeking additional participation from the broader community.

    “The Forum is pleased to be supporting our members in commercializing this standard,” said Lee Pucker, CEO of the Wireless Innovation Forum. “Such projects are critical in developing the ecosystem of technologies, products and services necessary to enable the optimal utilization of spectrum for commercial, civil and defense communications”.

    Individuals or organizations wishing to participate in this project should contact Lee Pucker at Lee.Pucker@WirelessInnovation.org. More information on the project can be found here: http://groups.winnforum.org/spectrum_innovation_committee. 

     

    Mar 13, 2014 Wireless Innovation Forum Announces 2013 Wireless Innovation Achievement Award Winners

    The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the winners of their annual Achievement Awards during SDR-WInnComm 2014 in Schaumburg, Illinois. Winner in the Technology of the Year is The Institute for Telecommunications Research’s Global Sensor Network. Winner for International Achievement is Mark Turner of Vanguard Wireless Consulting, LLC. For the first time, two Presidents’ Awards were given. Recipients are Mark Turner of Vanguard Wireless Consulting, LLC and Bruce Oberlies of Motorola Solutions.

    The Technology of the Year 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. The Institute for Telecommunications Research (ITR) has led a consortium to deliver technology enabling a Global Sensor Network for remote sensor data gathering and bidirectional communication via low earth orbit satellites. The GSN uses software defined radio (SDR) technology for the space segment, ground station and terminals. The system includes new SDR based architectures and waveform designs that provide high spectral efficiency in heavily loaded multiuser scenarios. The end result is a cost effective, scalable and flexible system that is able to support very large numbers of users while maximising use of precious satellite frequency spectrum.

    The Forum International Achievement 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. Winner Mark Turner was instrumental in driving the formation of the Coordinating Committee for International SCA Standards (CC SCA). Through his efforts, the committee’s Steering Group brought together experts from government programs in France, Finland, Germany, Italy and the United States along with NATO, OCCAR and the European Defense Agency to collaborate with the Steering Group industry representatives in identifying requirements and developing a common vision for the advancement of SCA based standards. Mark also represented the CC SCA on the Board of directors, bringing issues associated with the adoption of SCA as a global standard to the Board for consideration in strategic and operational planning. Through Mark's efforts in support of the CC SCA, considerable progress has been made in converging towards a single SCA standards support the needs of the community world-wide. Furthermore, Mark was a long-time leader and contributor as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Forum.

    For the first time, the Forum awarded two Presidents’ Awards, as two Presidents served between last year’s conference and this year’s. Award recipient Bruce Oberlies has been active in the Forum for more than 20 years. He created the group’s Regulatory Committee and chaired several working groups during that time, as well as served on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Forum. Award recipient Mark Turner has played an active role in the Forum serving on the Board of Directors for seven years.  Mark held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Forum for the majority of his time on the board. His merits are not only his significant impacts on the organization and work products of the Forum but also his personal initiative going far beyond the responsibilities of his position.

    Award winners were announced at the Forum’s annual SDR-WInnComm Conference. Supported by platinum Sponsors General Dynamics C4 Systems, Indra Sistemas, Objective Interface Systems, Rhode and Schwarz, and Selex ES, and gold sponsor Pentek, the SDR-WInnComm is the premier event to present and see the latest in Cognitive Radio (CR) and Dynamic Spectrum Access technologies, as well as CR and Software Defined Radio programs and requirements, features daily Keynote presentations from recognized leaders in advanced wireless communications, three days of technical presentations, workshops, tutorials and more. http://Conference.WirelessInnovation.org. 

    Mar 11, 2014 Wireless Innovation Forum Announces New Training Series

    The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the inaugural course in its new Training Series. “SDR/SCA Development for Software Engineers,” is a comprehensive modular training course providing attendees with both theory and hands-on training required to successfully develop software defined radio (SDR) in accordance with the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) specification. The three week, 12-session course begins April 29.

    The course will be delivered online using the latest cloud based teaching techniques, allowing attendees to benefit from the expertise of leading SDR/SCA experts without leaving their desk. Course instructor, Colin Wigham, is Senior Professional Services Consultant at PrismTech with more than 20 years experience in software engineering, distributed systems and SDR.

    We are excited to be working with PrismTech on this inaugural course of our new training series,” stated Lee Pucker, CEO of the Wireless Innovation Forum. “Our intention is to work with recognized leaders in software defined radio, cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access technologies to provide our members and other industry professionals with the training they need to take advantage of new technologies supporting spectrum innovation and to deploy these technologies in support of essential and mission critical communications.”

    The course will introduce attendees to SDR/SCA and CORBA middleware and then progress to advanced SDR/SCA programming focused on developing SCA applications and platform services. The training involves the use of modeling tools, Core Framework (CF) and middleware to design, implement and deploy SCA platforms and waveforms.

    These tools will be used in conjunction with hands on tutorials provided for each module in the form of a series of comprehensive exercise books, allowing the student to gain practical knowledge in working with the SCA.

    “PrismTech is very pleased to be providing SDR training expertise to the Wireless Innovation Forum,” said Steve Jennis, SVP Corporate Development, PrismTech.  “This course has been designed to provide attendees with hands-on experience of the most modern SDR development tools and infrastructure.”

    The first part of the course provides a brief overview of SDR and the SCA through a combination of theory and hands on exercises. It covers the basics of CORBA programming and creating simple SCA platforms and waveforms using model driven development techniques. The key concepts of SCA operating environments including how an SCA CF is used to manage the deployment of a waveform application are also covered.

    The second part of the course builds on the core skills gained in part one and focuses on gaining deeper understanding of the SCA, covering details of the standard, including the specifics of the main component groups and their interfaces. More advanced topics focus on radio platform architecture, GPP-DSP-FPGA integration approaches and middleware optimization.

    Attendees should have previous knowledge of or experience with object-oriented design and development, software design and modeling tools using the unified modeling language (UML), C and C++ languages, and common object request broker architecture (CORBA). Attendees are required to have a computer connected to the internet capable of running GoToMeeting and a phone line or VOIP connectivity.

    Course fees, detailed course times, the course agenda and registration form can be found at http://groups.WInnForum.org/ts-sca-development. 

     

    Feb 25, 2014 Wireless Innovation Forum Solicits Call for Input on SCA 4.0 in Four Areas

    The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced that it is seeking contributions for changes to SCA 4.0 in four areas. The request is led by the Forum’s Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards.

    The four areas in which the Committee is requesting recommendations includes:

     

    1. DSP and FPGA Operating Environments
      1. Problem/Issue to be addressed
        1. Clerical errors in Appendix B
        2. Porting DSP and FPGA code is high cost
        3. Other issues with DSP/FPGA components
      2. Objective
        1. Add DSP/FPGA OE requirements to SCA OE
        2. Proposed DSP/FPGA OE should not create compatibility issues with SCA 2.2.2
    2. Managing Errors and Exceptions
      1. Problem/Issue
        1. Behaviours and definitions of the currently defined 40+ exceptions are inconsistently specified.  
        2. Producers of errors and exceptions are well-established but organization of said exceptions by consumers and/or severity is ill defined,
      2. Objective
        1. Develop a consistent strategy with regards to exception and error handling by identifying specific use cases and contractual behaviours
    3. Capacity Performance Modeling
      1. Problem/Issue
        1. Need to understand platform performance (MIPS, transport latency, etc.) to determine if waveform can run
        2. Need to understand waveform requirements (MIPS, transport latency, etc.) to determine how to build platform
      2. Objective
        1. Standardize how to measure and present performance specifications (waveform and platform) to better facilitate portability
        2. Could be delivered as metadata
    4. Document Organization

     

    Companies wishing to make a contribution should contact Lee Pucker at Lee.Pucker@WirelessInnovation.org by close of business on 6 March 2014 indicating their intent to contribute and the date in which the contribution will be made. Contributors will retain the copyright ownership of their original work, while at the same time granting the Forum a non-exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free license under the Contributor’s copyrights to reproduce, distribute, publish, display, perform, and create derivative works of the contribution based on that original work under the Forum's own copyright. Permission is granted to the Forum’s participants to copy any portion of this document for legitimate purposes of the Forum.  Copying for monetary gain or for other non-Forum related purposes is prohibited.

    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. Contributions will be treated as input documents by the Forum, with subsequent development managed following the Forum’s approved process (http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/page/Document_Approval_Process ).

    Wireless Innovation Forum member representatives have initiated and led multiple work efforts that promote their organization’s specific objectives through the creation of reports, recommendations and specifications that are widely used by the advanced wireless community. The importance of these "work products" is reflected in the fact that over 22,000 individual documents were downloaded from the Forum’s Work Products document library in 2013 alone.

     

     

    Feb 14, 2014 Forum Seeks Occupancy Studies in Developing its Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Annual Report

    The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced a request for contributions in the area of spectrum occupancy. In particular, the members of the Forum are seeking 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. This report is being developed by the Forum’s Spectrum Innovation Committee for Regulators, Policy Makers, Spectrum Managers, Network Planners, and Wireless Researchers who need to understand the state of technologies such as dynamic spectrum access and their ability to facilitate spectrum sharing. The Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Annual Report is intended to act as a reference guide that clearly identifies and synthesizes a harmonized view of the results of Spectrum Sharing research and trials, identifies what is in development, and articulates what issues are being addressed and still need to be resolved.

    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 will specifically focus on 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.

    Contributions made in response to this call are requested to be provided by no later than 7 March 2014. Additional information related to this contribution can be found at http://groups.WInnForum.org/DSSAR. Please contact Forum CEO Lee Pucker at Lee.Pucker@WirelessInnovation.org if you are interested in contributing or need additional information.

    Wireless Innovation Forum member representatives have initiated and led multiple work efforts that promote their organization’s specific objectives through the creation of reports, recommendations and specifications that are widely used by the advanced wireless community. The importance of these "work products" is reflected in the fact that over 12,000 individual documents were downloaded from the document library in 2012 alone.

     

    Feb 03, 2014 Wireless Innovation Forum Announces Technical Program for SDR-WInnComm 2014

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the technical program for its upcoming Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio (SDR-WInnComm 2014).

    As the only event devoted to advancing innovation in spectrum access and radio technologies from research through deployment, this is the premier venue to network with and learn from the leading innovators in the advanced wireless market to gain a functional knowledge of relevant emerging opportunities and technologies. The event features three days of keynotes, tutorials, technical papers, workshops, a product exposition and more at Motorola(NYSE: MSI) in Schaumburg, Illinois, 11-13 March 2014.

    This year's program format changed, limiting the number of presentations and increasing the competition for the spots, giving the Forum a top-notch program. Highlights include:

    • An Efficient Digital Pre-Distortion Filter For Ultra-Wideband QAM Modems, frederic j harris (San Diego State Univ, USA), et al.
    • Software Defined Radio based Global Sensor Network Architecture, David Haley (University of South Australia, Australia); Linda M. Davis (University of South Australia, Australia), et al.
    • DO-178 and Common Criteria - How to Combine both Design Assurance Standards act Rainer Storn (Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG, Germany); Roger Plieske (Rohde & Schwarz, Germany)
    • On the Requirements of Dynamic Radio Frequency Mapping act Garrett Vanhoy (University of Arizona, USA), et al. 

    This year will also feature poster sessions in the exhibit hall, including those by Forum Wireless Innovation Achievement Awards finalists for Technology of the Year.

    This year's keynotes are:

    • Vanu Bose, Vanu, Inc.
    • John Chapin, DARPA
    • Johanna Dwyer, Federated Wireless LLC
    • Greg Ennis, Wi-Fi Alliance
    • Bruce Fette, DARPA
    • Dennis Roberson, Illinois Institute of Technology

    Workshops featuring leaders in the industry from Google, NASA, DARPA, WiFi Alliance, and more, include:

    View the complete agenda here: http://groups.winnforum.org/2014-Agenda.

    In its 12th year, SDR-WInnComm attracts attendees that include investors, commercial network operators, radio manufacturers, system integrators, government procurement officials, regulators, engineering service providers and consultants from over 22 different countries. For more information on the Conference, visit http://Conference.WirelessInnovation.org.

    Supported by platinum Sponsors General Dynamics C4 Systems, Indra Sistemas, Objective Interface Systems, Rohde & Schwarz¸and Selex ES, the Wireless Innovation Forum provides a singular venue to advance software defined radiocognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access technologies, to educate and influence decision makers at all levels of the wireless value chain, and to drive changes that will address emerging wireless communications. The Forum enables professionals to network with the leaders in the advanced wireless community, including potential customers to explore new business opportunities, potential competitors to gain insight into product and service differentiation, and potential suppliers to influence their requirements and thus reduce overall R&D costs. Additional information can be found at http://www.WirelessInnovation.org.

     

     

    Jan 27, 2014 Wireless Innovation Forum adds six new members in first half of 2013

    The Wireless Innovation Forum™ (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the addition of four new member organizations. These new members bring a broad base of experience in Software Defined Radio (SDR), Cognitive Radio (CR) and Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) technologies in diverse markets at levels of the wireless value chain spanning from research labs to telecommunications equipment manufacturers:

    Commercial companies joining include:

    Federated Wireless (http://www.federatedwireless.com/) develops technologies and solutions that enable dynamic spectrum sharing for heterogeneous systems. The company addresses the changing needs of wireless communications from a unique perspective of supply, demand and the appropriateness of solutions for various problems. It combines world-class expertise in cognitive radio with advanced analytics to enhance the performance of mobile broadband networks, improve capacity through higher spectrum utilization, and optimize the flow of data.

    Google’s (http://www.Google.com) (NASDAQ: GOOG) mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

    NordiaSoft (http://www.nordiasoft.com/) offers products and services for customers that need to create state of the art software-defined platforms for use in the military/aerospace, telecommunications, robotics, instrumentation, transportation and consumer electronics industries.  Founded as a spin-off from CRC, NordiaSoft’s core team has led a decade-long list of industry firsts in SCA technologies now embedded in thousands of hardware products. As experts in software components for embedded systems, NordiaSoft offers proven solutions to developers creating next generation platforms. NordiaSoft’s solution is built on CRC's trusted SCA modeling tools and Core Framework, the first commercial-off-the-shelf Core Framework to have been deployed on military radios in the battlefield. Recognized for its client-focused philosophy, NordiaSoft offers exceptional technical support, mentoring, and consulting.

    One research organization also joined:

    Idaho National Laboratory (INL) (http://inl.gov/) is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's missions in nuclear and energy research, science, and national defense. The vision is to sustain core technical capabilities and develop innovative solutions that secure and advance nuclear and other clean energy choices for our future.

    "We are pleased to be a part of this important organization, which includes some of the world's leading technology innovators in the field of wireless spectrum," said Johanna Dwyer, General Manager of Federated Wireless. 

    To learn more about membership benefits, and see a current listing of Forum members, visit http://www.WirelessInnovation.org.

     

    Jan 15, 2014 Forum Opens Registration for SDR-WInnComm 2014

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced open registration for its Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio (SDR-WInnComm 2014).

    Attracting attendees from all aspects of the reconfigurable radio value chain, SDR-WInnComm is the ideal place to network and make an impact on the advanced wireless radio community. It will take place 11-13 March 2014 at Motorola in Schaumburg, Illinois.

    As the only event devoted to advancing innovation in spectrum access and radio technologies from research through deployment, this is the premier venue to network with and learn from the leading innovators in the advanced wireless market to gain a functional knowledge of relevant emerging opportunities and technologies. The event features three days of keynotes, tutorials, technical papers, workshops, a product exposition and more.

    "SDR-WInnComm is an excellent place for academics to meet industry leaders to understand their critical problems and to present research ideas to leaders that can implement their ideas,” said Dr. Jeffrey Reed of Virginia Tech. “The event also provides the opportunity to build relationships with industry leaders that can transition technology from the lab into successful products."

    This year's keynotes include:

    • Vanu Bose, Vanu, Inc.
    • John Chapin, DARPA
    • Johanna Dwyer, Federated Wireless LLC
    • Greg Ennis, Wi-Fi Alliance
    • Bruce Fette, DARPA
    • Dennis Roberson, Illinois Institute of Technology

    Workshops featuring leaders in the industry from Google, NASA, DARPA, WiFi Alliance, and more, include:

    View the complete agenda here: http://groups.winnforum.org/2014-Agenda.

    New this year, in addition to the main program, poster sessions have been added to facilitate better networking between paper presenters and Forum members on all SDR, CR and DSA topic areas.

    In its 12th year, SDR-WInnComm attracts attendees that include investors, commercial network operators, radio manufacturers, system integrators, government procurement officials, regulators, engineering service providers and consultants from over 22 different countries. For more information on the Conference, visit http://Conference.WirelessInnovation.org.

    Supported by platinum Sponsors General Dynamics C4 Systems,, Indra Sistemas, Objective Interface Systems, Rohde & Schwarz¸and Selex ES, the Wireless Innovation Forum provides a singular venue to advance software defined radiocognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access technologies, to educate and influence decision makers at all levels of the wireless value chain, and to drive changes that will address emerging wireless communications. The Forum enables professionals to network with the leaders in the advanced wireless community, including potential customers to explore new business opportunities, potential competitors to gain insight into product and service differentiation, and potential suppliers to influence their requirements and thus reduce overall R&D costs. Additional information can be found at http://www.WirelessInnovation.org

     

    Jan 08, 2014 Wireless Innovation Forum Announces New SCA 4.1 Projects

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the creation of two new SCA Pprojects: AEPs Improvements for SCA 4.1 and IDL Profiles Improvements for SCA 4.1. The projects, both led by Eric Nicollet of Thales (HO:EN Paris), are being completed by the WInnForum’s Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards (CC SCA).  

    “Those two projects represent an outstanding opportunity for the international SCA community of interest to boost the applicability of SCA on two essential aspects: AEPs, that defines the SDR application / (RT)OS boundary, and IDL Profiles, that characterize possibilities for definition of application-dependent software interfaces,” says Nicollet. “Thanks to the international positioning of CC SCA and its unique working relationship with the governmental stakeholders who drive applicability of SDR standards, these projects offer the opportunity to deliver for SCA 4.1 unified specifications broadly supported at international level.”

    Both projects topics were identified at [EN1] the joint Forum-JTNC’s November 2013 SCA 4.1 Workshop of November 2013 (http://groups.winnforum.org/SCA_Workshop) as priority for JTNC SCA 4.1 preparation. Tand goals of the projects are will to explore address as a starting baseline the resolution of issues identified and discussed during the workshop,  for specification of AEPs and IDL Profiles into SCA 4.1. The resulting WInnForum work reports will implement resolutions of the identified matters from a privileging consensus-based resolution approach within the WInnF project participants. The outcome of AEPs Improvements report will namely present an improved content for SCA 4.1 usage, enabling broader support and minimizing divergences among comparable international SCA-based standards. The other will present outcome of IDL Profiles Improvements will namely position IDL Profiles as self-standing building blocks of within the SCA 4.1 specification, along  with improved positioning, rationale and technical content.

    Both groups projects will hold their inaugural face-to-face meetings during the coming CC SCA Workgroup Meetings held on 23-24 January in conjunction with the Forum’s Waveform Portability Workshop (http://groups.WInnForum.org/Waveform_Portability_Workshop) held on 22 January in Paris, France.  

    The Forum encourages participation from organizations wanting to be involved in this important these structuring projects. Please contact Forum CEO Lee Pucker at Lee.Pucker@WirelessInnovation.org if you are interested.

    Wireless Innovation Forum member representatives have initiated and led multiple work efforts that promote their organization’s specific objectives through the creation of reports, recommendations and specifications that are widely used by the advanced wireless community. The importance of these "work products" is reflected in the fact that over 12,000 individual documents were downloaded from the document library in 2012 alone.


    Dec 30, 2013 Wireless Innovation Forum Announces 2013 Wireless Innovation Achievement Award Finalists

    The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced finalists of their annual Achievement Awards. Finalists in the Technology of the Year include Global Sensor Network and Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Testbed Technology. Finalists for International Achievement are Vincent Kovarik of PrismTech and Mark Turner (retired). Winners will be announced in January 2014 and awards presented at the Wireless Innovation Forum Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio (SDR-WInnComm 2014). The premier event for the reconfigurable radio community, SDR-WInnComm will be held 11-13 March in Schaumburg, Illinois, featuring keynotes by industry leaders as well as workshops on Real World SDR, CR and DSA Implementations, Future Trends and SSPARC, tutorials, and technical presentations and posters. The event also touts an exposition.

    The Technology of the Year 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. This year’s finalists are invited to provide a demonstration or poster presentation of the technology at the event expo. Finalists are:

    • Global Sensor Network
      The Institute for Telecommunications Research (ITR) has led a consortium to deliver technology enabling a Global Sensor Network for remote sensor data gathering and bidirectional communication via low earth orbit satellites. The GSN uses software defined radio (SDR) technology for the space segment, ground station and terminals. The system includes new SDR based architectures and waveform designs that provide high spectral efficiency in heavily loaded multiuser scenarios. The end result is a cost effective, scalable and flexible system that is able to support very large numbers of users while maximising use of precious satellite frequency spectrum.
    • Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Testbed Technology
      The Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Testbed by NASA is a software defined radio (SDR), communication system flying as a technology demonstration experiment on the International Space Station. SDR technology demonstrated by SCaN Testbed will change the way NASA develops and uses radio communications in the future. Now operational on ISS and available to industry and academia for experiments, the SCaN Testbed is paving the way to move SDRs (and in the future cognitive radios) to space missions.

    The Forum International Achievement 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. The finalists are:

    • Dr. Vince Kovarik, PrismTech
      Dr Vince Kovarik has made significant contributions to the international furtherance and acceptance of Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Cognitive Radio for well over a decade. Vince's involvement in ground-breaking SDR, Cognitive Radio and Software Communications Architecture (SCA) technology development has included: * Co-authoring the book Software Defined Radio: The Software Communications Architecture. * Contributing author on Cognitive Research: Representation and Learning in the book Cognitive Radio Technology. * Presenting numerous papers and tutorials at international technology leadership conferences promoting SDR related subjects. * Actively contributing to and chairing committees at the Wireless Innovation Forum. * Presenting Webcasts to an international audience on SDR and SCA related subjects.
    • Mark Turner (retired)
      Mark Turner was instrumental in driving the formation of the Coordinating Committee for International SCA Standards (CC SCA). Through his efforts, the committee’s Steering Group brought together experts from government programs in France, Finland, Germany, Italy and the United States along with NATO, OCCAR and the European Defense Agency to collaborate with the Steering Group industry representatives in identifying requirements and developing a common vision for the advancement of SCA based standards. Mark also represented the CC SCA on the Board of directors, bringing issues associated with the adoption of SCA as a global standard to the Board for consideration in strategic and operational planning. Through Mark's efforts in support of the CC SCA, considerable progress has been made in converging towards a single SCA standards support the needs of the community world-wide. Furthermore, Mark was a long-time leader and contributor as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Forum.

    Full award write-ups can be found at http://www.WirelessInnovation.org/SDR_Achievement_Awards.

    Supported by platinum Sponsors General Dynamics C4 Systems, Indra Sistemas, Objective Interface Systems, Rhode and Schwarz, and Selex ES, and gold sponsor Pentek, the SDR-WInnComm is the premier event to present and see the latest in Cognitive Radio (CR) and Dynamic Spectrum Access technologies, as well as CR and Software Defined Radio programs and requirements, features daily Keynote presentations from recognized leaders in advanced wireless communications, three days of technical presentations, workshops, tutorials and more. http://Conference.WirelessInnovation.org

     

     

    Dec 18, 2013 Wireless Innovation Forum Welcomes New Board of Directors Members

    The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced new Board of Directors members elected at the Forum’s 2013 Annual Meeting on 10 December.  

    Board members returning to their current positions include: Ruediger Leschhorn (Rohde & Schwarz) as Forum Vice-Chair, Manuel Uhm (Coherent Logix) as Chief Marketing Officer, Keith Nolan (CTVR) as Chief Regulatory Officer, and James Neel (CR Technologies) as Small Company Representative.

    Board members changing positions include Bruce Oberlies (Motorola Solutions) from Board Chair to Forum Chair, John Glossner (Optimum Semiconductor Technologies) from Chief Technology Officer to Board Chair, Alberto Quintana (Indra Sistemas) from At Large member to Secretary, Vince Kovarik (PrismTech) from At Large member to Chief Financial Officer, Robert Schutz (Artisan Wireless) from Medium Company Representative to Chief Technology Officer, David Renaudeau (Thales) from ITU Region 1 Representative to Large Company Representative, Raghavan Muralidharan (Tata SED) from ITU Region 3 Representative to Medium Company Representative, Claudio Armani (Selex) from Large Company Representative to At Large member, and Peter Stanforth (Spectrum Bridge) from ITU Region 2 Representative to At Large member.

    In addition, the Board of Directors welcomes the following four new members:

    Marc Adrat, elected as the Government/Non-Profit Representative, is with the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (Fraunhofer FKIE) in Wachtberg, Germany. He is the project manager for the Software Defined Radio activities in the Communication System department. He contributes to the German military SDR programme SVFuA and he is the German National Project Officer in the international project COALWNW (Coalition Wideband Networking Waveform). He represents the German SDR interests in various working groups at NATO as well as EDA. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Coordinating Committee of International SDR Standards at the WInnF. His research interests include software defined radio, cognitive radio, (military) waveform design as well as concepts for waveform development environments. Matters of particular interest are wideband networking waveforms as well as waveform development environments for portable, interoperable and energy-efficient waveforms. He received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering and the Dr.-Ing. degree (PhD) from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, in 1997 and 2003, respectively.

    Ken Dingman, elected as an At Large member, is a Sr. Engineering Manager with more than 10 years experience at Harris Corp. RF Communications Div.   He is currently responsible for HF, Narrow Band LOS, and SATCOM Waveform applications in the Falcon III family of radios.  Previous responsibilities include JTRS Cluster 1 VULOS and HaveQuick Engineering Project Lead, Harris RF-7800M-MP Product Engineering Manager and PC/PDA Applications Group Manager.  He hold Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Science in Software Development and Management degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Ken has participated in the Wireless Innovation Forum for a number of years and is currently the co-chair of the Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards Steering Group.

    Preston Marshall elected as an At Large member, develops the policy, technology, and systems needed to create wireless abundance for Google. His immediate focus is on the application of shared spectrum to enable massive increases in wireless capacity. Previously, he served as Deputy Director at USC Information Science Institute, with a personal research program in wireless technology, self-forming content delivery networks, electronic warfare, and algorithms for managing decisions in complex, ambiguous, and information-constrained environments. He also participated in the Presidents Council of Advisers (PCAST) study on spectrum sharing.  Prior to that he was a Program Manager at DARPA managing innovations in cognitive radio, dynamic spectrum access, interference management and self-forming networking. 

    Dr. Jeffrey H. Reed, elected as the Academic Representative, as currently serves as Director of Wireless @ Virginia Tech.  He is the Founding Faculty member of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology and served as its interim Director when founded in 2010.  His book, Software Radio: A Modern Approach to Radio Design was published by Prentice Hall.  He is co-founder of Cognitive Radio Technologies (CRT), a company commercializing of the cognitive radio technologies; Allied Communications, a company developing technologies for 5G systems; and for Power Fingerprinting, a company specializing in security for embedded systems.  In 2005, Dr. Reed became Fellow to the IEEE for contributions to software radio and communications signal processing and for leadership in engineering education.   He is also a Distinguished Lecture for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.  In 2013 he was awarded the International Achievement Award by the Wireless Innovations Forum.  In 2012 he served on the President’s Council of Advisors of Science and Technology Working Group that examine ways to transition federal spectrum to allow commercial use and improve economic activity.

    The Board would like to thank the following outgoing members for their service: Hiroshi Harada (NICT) who served as the Government/Non-profit Representative, Kuan Collins (SAIC) who served as the Forum Chair as well as the Secretary, and Gerd Ascheid (RWTH Aachen University) who served as the Academic Representative.

     

    Dec 13, 2013 Wireless Innovation Forum Announces Support for TIA Recommendations on Spectrum Sharing

    The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced its support of many of the recommendations made by the TIA in its recent white paper on spectrum sharing (https://www.tiaonline.org/sites/default/files/pages/SpectrumSharingR%26DPaper%3D10-20-13.pdf).

    More specifically, the members of the Forum support TIA’s recommendations on funding for spectrum sharing R&D. The members of the Forum advocate strongly for government strategic investment in joint research and development between industry and academia; in particular to address industry needs identified in the Wireless Innovation Forum’s Ten Most Wanted Innovations List. In addition, the Forum advocates government sponsorship and funding be made available to facilitate real world Spectrum test beds and overcoming existing barriers to spectrum sharing by adjacent and co-channel incumbent spectrum holders, as per the Forum’s Advocacy Agenda (http://groups.winnforum.org/advocacy).  

    The TIA also recommends that government R&D funding should be used to support further ASA/LSA trials, potentially leading to a viable near-term option for spectrum sharing in the United States. The members of the Forum agree, and believe that a regulatory model that includes combinations of licensed and unlicensed, sharing and hierarchical, cooperative and co-existent domains are required for the optimal utilization of spectrum. The Forum also believes in allocating spectrum with licenses adapted towards a spectrum usage rights method that has the minimum necessary technical restrictions to provide adequate protection against harmful interference.

    The Forum also applauds TIA’s recommendation that policymakers should facilitate the development of globally harmonized spectrum sharing access technologies. This recommendation is also addressed in the tenth innovation in The Forum’s Ten Most Wanted Innovations List which calls for a flexible regulatory framework to enable the operation of advanced wireless devices and systems that meet reconfigurability requirements across multiple bands and wireless services on a temporary, cooperative or opportunistic basis. The Forum also supports the unified active management of spectrum (terrestrial/air/space/maritime) to maximize spectrum utilization. 

    In the report, TIA also recommends that geolocation databases should be further enhanced or adapted to address scalability and applicability to different domains and use cases, such as in bands shared with non-commercial systems and/or using ASA/LSA or some other shared spectrum access system. The Forum strongly supports the use of such networked and synchronized databases accessed with device location information operating with context awareness as per the Forum’s Top Innovation number seven. 

    Forum Innovations numbers four and seven advocate for further research and development of technologies that will improve the utilization of both managed and unmanaged spectrum and use of spectrum sensing technologies to better enable cooperative, opportunistic access and recommend that advances in spectrum sensing technologies not be discounted in future regulatory and system planning. This is consistent with TIA’s recommendations that cognitive radio research should be funded and should focus on both intelligent network management and advanced sensing techniques, and that spectrum sensing research should be focused on both individual sensing and distributed sensing approaches.

    In addition, the TIA states that more research into cross-application and environment propagation modeling is needed to allow more accurate prediction of interference across various use cases. The members of the Forum concur, and offer that the use of receiver characteristics is a critical part of the analysis of spectrum allocations.

    Finally, the TIA recommends that spectrum sharing research and development should include security. The members of the Forum agree and believe that security should be considered throughout the design, development and deployment of systems utilized for essential and critical communications and that regulators' focus on development and application of policies and standards that enable communication systems and platforms to protect all sensitive information and data. The Forum also advocates that regulators adopt a neutral policy on security of Open Source elements because these elements are, a priori, no less secure than proprietary approaches, and advocates for allowing over the air software reconfiguration of software and radio platform operating parameters.  

    The Forum created its first Top Ten List in 2010, as an ongoing project to identify major innovations that would be required to create the foundation of the next generation of wireless devices. To add a technical, business or regulatory innovation to our watch list, go to http://groups.winnforum.org/p/bl/ar/blogaid=63.

    In 2012, The Wireless Innovation Forum initiated a project to identify the major advocacy 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. The resulting Advocacy Agenda supports the Forum’s mission statement of advocating for the innovative utilization of spectrum, and advancing radio technologies that support essential or critical communications.

     

     

    Dec 12, 2013 Forum Announces New Task Group Devoted to Investigating SCAv4 Backwards Compatibility with SCAv2.2.2

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the creation of a task group devoted to investigating SCAv4 backwards compatibility with SCA v2.2.2. The project, Making SCAv4 Backwards Compatible with SCAv2.2.2, is led by Steve Bernier of Nordiasoft.  

    “Radio manufacturers from all over the world have been building on the SCA for over a decade now, so we cannot understate the importance of backwards compatibility” said Bernier. “I'm looking forward to leading this new technical task group in defining potential solutions to address the specific issues and making official change proposals to the JTNC for inclusion in SCA 4.1.”

    The task group will identify and make a list of every change in SCAv4 that breaks backwards compatibility with SCAv2.2.2. The group will then identify the original requirements for each problematic feature and work on an alternative solution that meets the same requirements without breaking backward compatibility. The group will also determine which players of the ecosystem are affected by the issues and the relative level of disruptiveness for each issue and prepare a document, or several documents, that will be submitted to the Joint Tactical Networking Center from the Wireless Innovation Forum as a recommendation. Adoption of the recommendations, which are estimated to be completed in spring 2014, could result in multiple emerging opportunities for SDA 4.1 based systems.

    The Forum encourages participation from organizations wanting to be involved in this important project. Please contact Forum CEO Lee Pucker at Lee.Pucker@WirelessInnovation.org if you are interested.

    Wireless Innovation Forum member representatives have initiated and led multiple work efforts that promote their organization’s specific objectives through the creation of reports, recommendations and specifications that are widely used by the advanced wireless community. The importance of these "work products" is reflected in the fact that over 12,000 individual documents were downloaded from the document library in 2012 alone.

     

    Dec 09, 2013 Wireless Innovation Forum offers comments on FCC Public Notice on Licensing Models and Technical Req

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (http://www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today filed comments with the FCC on the public notice seeking comment on licensing models and technical requirements in the 3550-3650 band.

    In previous responses to similar topics, the Forum has expressed its support for spectrum sharing and the use of small cell technology in the 3.5 GHz band (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6495) and the value of utilizing multi-stakeholder groups. In the current comments, the Forum elaborates on the foundational elements of multi-stakeholder groups, as well as the opportunity to define not only the operating rules for the 3550-3650 band, but significant future shared spectrum bands.

    In the comments, the Forum enthusiastically supports the FCC efforts in defining Harm Claim Thresholds as a tool to determine 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. In addition, Forum members point out that in 2013 it is important for the FCC to recognize the need to exercise a light regulatory touch in supporting innovations related to spectral sharing and frequency agile communications, which will define the next revolution in spectral efficiency.

    Recommendations provided by the Forum include 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. By enabling multi-stakeholder groups to participate in the process, the FCC can capture a diversity of opinions gathered and provided from different perspectives on technology, services and business models. This ensures recommendations from these multi-stakeholder groups will be responsive to the FCC rule making process for complex multiuse spectrum issues.

    “The Forum believes the creation of a multi-stakeholder group is key in defining the path forward for shared spectrum. With a long tradition of guiding such efforts the Forum is well positioned to take the lead on forming and managing this process, and we invite others to join us in finding innovative solutions,” says Forum Receiver Performance Guidelines Work Group Chair Bruce Mueller of Motorola Solutions.

    In addition, the Forum cautions the Commission against over specifying band specific solutions. The members of the Forum believe that the use of a common architectural model should be encouraged across bands where practical, allowing the standardization of interfaces where appropriate and the reuse of technologies developed for the SAS, etc. to the greatest extent possible. By maintaining architectural integrity across bands where possible, the Forum believes that the commission will better enable economies of scale to be achieved in the deployment within the 3.5 GHz CBS band, improving the business case for investment in spectrum sharing solutions and subsequently fostering competition through the creation of an ecosystem of vendors with interoperable technologies supporting the defined architecture.

    The entirety of the Forum’s comments to the FCC can be found in our Document Library (http://groups.winnforum.org/Recommendations).

     

    Nov 22, 2013 Wireless Innovation Forum Announces Comments on Topics included ITU-R Workshop Party 5A Report

    The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced comments and modifications on several topics addressed in the ITU-R Working Party 5A (WP 5A) preliminary draft report on new Cognitive Radio Systems (CRS). The Forum released its comments in a recent document prepared by the Forum’sRegulatory Committee.

    The Wireless Innovation Forum offered comments on the working document towards a preliminary draft report. The sections for which the Forum supplied comments, and an excerpt from each section include:

    • Cognitive pilot channel (CPC) /Cognitive control channel (CCC)
    The Forum proposes that WP 5A reduce the focus on CPC/CCC within the draft report to reflect the changing regulatory and market environment since CPC/CCC was first developed as a concept. Distribution of control information/information relative to CRS deployments should not be restricted to a specific air interface.
    • Geolocation databases
    Current trials have shown that the use of networked and synchronized databases accessed with device location information can be a critical technology in maximizing incumbent protection by enabling and managing real time access to this spectrum by secondary users on a geographic and temporal basis.
    • Applicability to different frequency bands e.g. 3.5GHz 
    The under-utilisation of spectrum is not a band-specific problem; spectrum is underutilized in several frequency bands where these bands also have the potential for spectrum sharing through CRS means.
    • Sensing – secondary user coexistence and potential fallback mechanisms
    The use of spectrum sensing technologies to better enable cooperative, opportunistic access should not be discounted in future regulatory and system planning. 
    • Receiver guidelines/specifications
    The use of receiver characteristics should be included as part of the analysis of spectrum allocations. 
    • Technology/Service neutrality
    Technology and service neutrality is required to further enable innovative and efficient use of spectrum. 
    • Blended infrastructure approach 
    A blended infrastructure approach will increase in dominance over the coming years.
    • Licensing models e.g. Licensed shared access/authorized shared access 
    Regulatory models should include combinations of licensed and unlicensed, sharing and hierarchical, cooperative and co-existent domains for the optimal utilization of spectrum.

    The Forum's Chief Regulatory Officer, Keith Nolan, discussed these topics during the ITU Working Party 5A Seminar on Cognitive Radio Systems and the use of White Spaces held in Geneva, Switzerland on November 18th. Dr. Nolan noted that "the eight key topics chosen by the Forum relating to the further deployment of cognitive radio and white space systems resonated with the participants of the well-attended seminar. In particular, the Forum's focus on the potential applicability of white space technologies in frequency bands beyond the UHF TV band, the need for a stronger focus on receiver specifications and standards to help address the technological and regulatory challenges associated with the deployment of new services adjacent to legacy systems, and how CR-based technologies could both leverage and complement existing deployed systems in a 5G context are examples of the leading-edge challenges being considered by the leaders in the field now."

    To download the complete recommendation, click here: http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6929.

    The Forum’s support of this request is driven by the Forum’s Advocacy Agenda, created in 2012 to support the Forum’s mission of advocating for the innovative utilization of spectrum, and advancing radio technologies that support essential or critical communications. The Advocacy Agenda defines The Forum’s members’ consensus positions on areas that include innovation and competition, regulation, technology, standards, interoperability and security, allowing the Forum to act as the voice of the wireless innovation community.

    Established in 1996, The Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum Version 2.0) is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation dedicated to advocating for spectrum innovation, and advancing radio technologies that support essential or critical 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.

     

    Nov 20, 2013 Wireless Innovation Forum Seeks Volunteers in Developing Spectrum Sharing Annual Report

    The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the formation of a project aimed at 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. The project, Spectrum Sharing Annual Report, is led by the Forum’s Spectrum Innovation Committee.  

    “In producing this report, the Forum will act as a neutral party in presenting results. There are many diverse and independent studies being undertaken to evaluate spectrum use. One of the aims of this project is to bring together the results, normalize them, and present them in a way that is understandable by the policy and regulatory personnel who develop the rules related to spectrum use.  We believe this is the first time that this has been attempted and we think the results will be very beneficial to the development of future spectrum policy,” says Forum Board of Directors member Peter Stanforth of Spectrum Bridge.

    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
    • DSA, White Space and Spectrum Sharing Test beds, field trials
    • These will be highlighted on a map
    • Spectrum sharing, white space devices
    • Relevant research programs
    • Relevant standards developments
    • Relevant regulatory proceedings and other public policy actions, including future plans for specific bands
    • Business Models
    • Technology advances and new developments, including an IP survey, perhaps with a graph showing number of patents versus year

    Inputs may also be taken from the proceedings of facilitated workshops hosted by the Forum. It is planned to be updated annually.

    The Forum is seeking participation from regulators, policy makers, spectrum managers, networks planners and wireless researchers for this important project. Please contact Forum CEO Lee Pucker at Lee.Pucker@WirelessInnovation.org if you are interested.

    Wireless Innovation Forum member representatives have initiated and led multiple work efforts that promote their organization’s specific objectives through the creation of reports, recommendations and specifications that are widely used by the advanced wireless community. The importance of these "work products" is reflected in the fact that over 12,000 individual documents were downloaded from the document library in 2012 alone.

     

    Oct 02, 2013 Forum Members Update Popular Top 10 Most Wanted Wireless Innovations to Include Context Aware CR

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum version 2.0), a non-profit organization dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today a revision of its “Top 10 Most Wanted Wireless Innovations” list to include Context Aware Cognitive Radio. This list represents the collective view of the Forum’s member organizations on innovations, either technical, business or regulatory, that if realized would address key shortcomings in existing wireless communications systems.

    The inclusion of “Context Aware Cognitive Radio” as a wanted innovation replaces “Means of Coverage Extension” in the 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.

    “Recognizing that coverage extension can be addressed as a use case of context aware systems, the members of Forum made this change to encourage global research into exploiting a wider scope of information in a cognitive radio’s decision processes,” said Lee Pucker, CEO of the Wireless Innovation Forum. “Within the Forum, this important area is currently being explored by the Cognitive Radio Work Group.” A press release on the new project can be found here: http://groups.winnforum.org/press_room.

    The entire Top Ten list follows: 

    • Innovation #1: Techniques for Efficient Software Porting Between Heterogeneous Platforms and Generic Development Tools for Heterogeneous Processors
    • Innovation #2: Certification Process for Third Party Waveform Software
    • Innovation #3: Receiver Performance Specifications
    • Innovation #4: Low Cost Wide Spectral Range RF Front-End (Multi-octave Contiguous) (Tx,Rx)
    • Innovation #5: Techniques to Minimize Power Amplifier Spectral Regrowth in Non-contiguous Spectral Environment
    • Innovation #6: Increase Communications Time on Battery Charge by an Order of Magnitude
    • Innovation #7: Context Aware Cognitive Radio
    • Innovation #8: Interference Mitigation Techniques
    • Innovation #9: Standardized Computer Interpretable Policy Language for Cognitive Radio
    • Innovation #10: Flexible Regulatory Framework for Temporary, Cooperative and Opportunistic Access

    To create this innovation roadmap, the Forum’s Roadmap Committee sought participation from the different wireless industry stakeholders, including users, radio manufacturers, software and hardware component providers, network operators, and spectrum regulators to identify perceived or real shortcomings in the wireless domain. The initial list was voted on and approved by the Forum membership October 2011 and became one of the Forum’s most downloaded documents from the Forum’s public document library over the next year.

    In support of the Forum’s Strategic Plan, the Roadmap Committee maintains this list, adding or subtracting innovations as required to serve the overall needs of the advanced wireless community. The intention of the Forum is to promote this list across the advanced wireless community, and to support research and development activities addressing the targeted innovations both within the Forum membership and in partner organizations. To contribute to the conversation and provide your input to the list, visit http://groups.winnforum.org/winnforum_top_ten.

    To download the document go to: http://groups.WInnForum.org/Top_Ten_Innovations

     

    Aug 27, 2013 Project for Enabling Context Aware Cognitive Radio Announced by Wireless Innovation Forum

    Washington, DC 14 August 2013The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced approval of a project to develop mechanisms to enable a cognitive radio to classify its operational and message context, leverage information from the application layer and online databases, and better reason on the meaning and content of data. The project, Information Process Architecture (IPA) v3: Context Aware Cognitive Radio, is led by James Neel and Peter Cook of Cognitive Radio Technologies.  

    “This is an exciting project as an understanding of and exploitation of context is critical to making cognitive radios “cognitive” and will allow cognitive radio applications to grow beyond DSA to include personalizing your network experience, automating and simplifying dynamic network configuration, and improving spectral efficiency by automatically adapting network design to the situation at hand,” said Neel.

    The third Information Process Architecture (IPA) project builds on the two previous IPA products (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/5689 and http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/3546) to provide a series of documents that describe a) how an information system can represent contextual information, b) how to identify and classify operational and message context, and c) applications to public safety disaster responses, enhanced smartphones, enterprise wireless networks, smart grid management, and spectrum monitoring.

    The Forum encourages participation from organizations wanting to be involved in this important project. Please contact Forum CEO Lee Pucker at Lee.Pucker@WirelessInnovation.org if you are interested.

    Wireless Innovation Forum member representatives have initiated and led multiple work efforts that promote their organization’s specific objectives through the creation of reports, recommendations and specifications that are widely used by the advanced wireless community. The importance of these "work products" is reflected in the fact that over 12,000 individual documents were downloaded from the document library in 2012 alone.

     

    Aug 27, 2013 Wireless Innovation Forum adds six new members in first half of 2013

    22 August 2013 – The Wireless Innovation Forum™ (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the addition of six new member organizations. These new members bring a broad base of experience in Software Defined Radio (SDR), Cognitive Radio (CR) and Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) technologies in diverse markets at levels of the wireless value chain spanning from research labs to telecommunications equipment manufacturers:

    Two educational institutions joined:

    The mission of Gonzaga University’s Smart Antenna and Radio Lab (SARL) is to create jobs through industry/university cooperative technology development while exposing undergraduate students to opportunities in wireless communications. The lab significantly lowers the product development barrier for new companies by providing access to state of the art measurements, skilled faculty, and students.

    Hanyang SDR (Hanyang Software Defined Radio) Research Center, headed by Professor Seungwon Choi, was established by the Ministry of Information and Communication in August 2002. It comprises about a hundred professors and researchers from various universities such as Hanyang, Kyoungbook, Pohang, and Univ. of Wales Swansea. The center pursues the enhancement of SDR technology that flexibly supports implementations of various services (multi-mode/multi-band/multi-function) that correspond to differentstandards of mobile communication technology and wireless LAN systems. A further goal is to improve university research through academy-industry cooperation for developing industrial technology, and for training professionals needed by the industry. 

    One research organization joined:

    Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is the premier R&D organization of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT) for carrying out R&D in IT, Electronics and associated areas. As an institution for high-end Research and Development (R&D), C-DAC has been at the forefront of the Information Technology (IT) revolution, constantly building capacities in emerging/enabling technologies and innovating and leveraging its expertise, caliber, skill sets to develop and deploy IT products and solutions for different sectors of the economy, as per the mandate of its parent, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India and other stakeholders including funding agencies, collaborators, users and the marketplace. 

    Three commercial companies joined:

    EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter generated revenues of 56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.

    Nutaq is a leader in supplying digital signal processing (DSP) boards, systems, design services and OEM products for the Wireless, Scientific and Defense markets. They develop platforms and solutions incorporating field-programmable gate array (FPGA) and digital signal processing (DSP). 

    RFEL Ltd was established in 1999 to advance high-speed real-time digital signal processing technology. Since that date, the company has grown rapidly while remaining focussed on using leading-edge hardware and its patented proprietary design techniques, to achieve the real-time video and signal processing performance that is required by today's most advanced defence & security, wireless communications, instrumentation, and video & image applications.

    “The Forum is excited to have these new members from various segments of the advanced wireless market participating in our organization,” said Lee Pucker, CEO of the Wireless Innovation Forum. “By joining the Forum, they validate the continuing value the Forum provides to the community in acting as the voice of the SDR, CR and DSA communities, fostering innovation, educating stakeholders, and establishing an ecosystem of interoperable technologies.”

     

    Aug 06, 2013 Wireless Innovation Forum Announces Support of NAB’s Recent FCC Request for Spectrum Usage Review

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (http://www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced support of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) call for a comprehensive inventory of present and future spectrum usage by all parties (including the wireless industry, satellite, broadcasters, and the government). This call was included in NAB’s recent filing to the FCC in response to a public notice by the FCC’s Wireless Bureau seeking comments on US Wireless Competition (http://www.nab.org/documents/filings/WirelessCompetitionReplies072513.pdf).

    The Forum’s support of this request is driven by the Forum’s Advocacy Agenda (http://groups.winnforum.org/advocacy), created in 2012 to support the Forum’s mission of advocating for the innovative utilization of spectrum, and advancing radio technologies that support essential or critical communications. The Advocacy Agenda defines The Forum’s members’ consensus positions on areas that include innovation and competition, regulation, technology, standards, interoperability and security, allowing the Forum to act as the voice of the wireless innovation community.

    NAB notes in its filing that is important to recognize that the commercial wireless industry's continued push for more spectrum with no bounds is not sustainable as a practical matter. The Forum has no official position on the commercial wireless industry’s push for more spectrum, but it does agree that that reallocation of spectrum is not a sustainable basis for sound spectrum policy.

    “Given the complex intertwining of existing spectrum licenses, reallocation of spectrum is no longer feasible due to high cost, length of time to implement and disruption of service”, stated Lee Pucker, CEO of the Wireless Innovation Forum. “A number of regulatory mechanisms exist to increase the shared use and access of selected bands, while continuing to ensure that systems can operate without disruption or harmful interference”.  

    In addition, the filing states that "NAB submits that it is not sufficient to analyze only who is licensed to use commercial spectrum in this country. Rather, the more important question is whether and how intensely licensees use spectrum and where. Without this critical information, the Commission cannot make optimal - or even rational - spectrum management decisions." In addition, the filing also states, “Despite a ‘baseline inventory’ completed in 2011, the Commission still lacks any comprehensive data on how intensively wireless companies use the spectrum already licensed to them. For that reason, when asked about spectrum efficiency and utilization, the Commission can only point the public toward resources such as "LicenseView" and "Spectrum Dashboard" as an "inventory" of non-federal spectrum. These resources provide an overview of license holdings and available spectrum, but they do not analyze or assess the most important consideration - how efficiently each license holder uses its licensed spectrum.”

    The members of the Forum believe this should be taken a step farther, and endorse a cooperative approach to spectrum management that allows for the design, development and standardization of a “spectrum dashboard” providing a real time or near real time view of the radio environment map at a given location and at a given time. Such a dashboard will be a key tool in determining the etiquettes that the radio systems must consider when making spectrum sharing decisions.

    In addition, the Forum’s members believe that the inventory of wireless industry current and future spectrum usage should include both licensed and unlicensed uses.  The Forum advocates a regulatory model that includes combinations of licensed and unlicensed, sharing and hierarchical, cooperative and co-existent domains for the optimal utilization of spectrum. This approach will also permit the use of spectrum that is currently unavailable due to warehousing or is no longer used though the license remains active. While exclusive-use spectrum is a necessary regulatory condition, it is insufficient to ensure that national spectrum resources are optimally leveraged to maximum benefit. The integration of unlicensed access models and establishment of new spectrum sharing regulations, including increased tolerance of nominal levels of interference where appropriate, coupled with effective interference resolution processes are critical. In addition, assessment of the impact of spectrum sharing on unique legacy system that are unable to augment their systems performance must be addressed by regulatory agencies.

    Finally, the Forum also advocates for technology and service neutrality to enable innovative and efficient use of spectrum. While supporting a regulatory framework of dedicated, licensed spectrum, the Forum believes that increased neutrality with respect to the specific uses of licensed spectrum will result in increased innovation in wireless applications. For example, mandating specific technology restrictions negatively impacts continued use of second-generation commercial wireless technology. In some jurisdictions, regulations still require that commercial wireless operators use Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) in certain bands. However, no reason exists today for precluding operators from using other air interfaces within these bands. SDR base station technology can support multiple technologies using the same hardware, dynamically assigning channels in a manner that avoids any interference between them. 

    To create the Advocacy Agenda, the Forum’s Regulatory Committee sought participation from the different stakeholders and leveraged the body of work that has been approved by the Forum’s members that advocate positions to advance wireless innovation in spectrum utilization and radio technologies. The Advocacy Agenda is composed of five focus areas: Essential and Critical Communications, Innovation and Competition, Spectrum, Security and Interoperability. To learn more and download the full Agenda: http://groups.winnforum.org/advocacy.

    Additional recent Forum responses on spectrum sharing include:

    Wireless Innovation Forum offers comments on FCC Technological Advisory Council NPRM

    Wireless Innovation Forum Applauds Balanced Approach to Spectrum Sharing in Presidential Memo

    Both can be found in our press room: http://groups.winnforum.org/press_room

     

    Jul 23, 2013 Wireless Innovation Forum offers comments on FCC Technological Advisory Council NPRM

    Says work of TAC on improving receiver performance and interference harm limits is significant step forward in the conversation to enable receiver performance evaluation and spectrum sharing

    For Immediate Release                  

    Washington, DC, 23 July 2013The Wireless Innovation Forum (http://www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today 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.

    In the comments, it is pointed out that Forum members believe that the work of the FCC TAC on improving receiver performance and interference harm limits is a significant step forward in the conversation to enable receiver performance evaluation and spectral sharing. The Forum believes a light regulatory touch based on development of a regulatory roadmap best serves the public good in this area by promoting continued innovation in key areas of technology and policy guidance needed in the next decade, while at the same time mitigating disruption to existing public and private infrastructure.  The Forum is glad to lend its support and advice to the FCC on this topic. 

    “Improving utilization of spectrum is critical to support the public good and provide the public necessary telecommunication services”, said Lee Pucker, CEO of the Wireless Innovation Forum. “The Forum’s members believe that the role of receiver parameters in standards and their related consideration in spectrum engineering should receive greater prominence in order to enhance spectrum efficiency and to help maximize value to the economy and society”.

    The Forum strongly supports the Committee’s approach to include all stakeholders in determination of policy development and recommends a series of workshops be held to finalize a regulatory roadmap for multiuse spectrum.  A minimum of three focused workshops are recommended:

    • Workshop #1:  Receiver Specifications and Harm Claim Threshold’s
    • Workshop #2:  Multiuse Spectrum opportunities
    • Workshop #3:  Regulatory Roadmap trade studies and recommendations

    The Forum further recommends an advisory panel representing key suppliers of wireless technologies and services be formed to provide written reports from these workshops with key recommendations to the Committee to resolve any contentious issues between exiting and evolving stakeholders. 

    The Wireless Innovation Forum has a unique position in the wireless ecosystem, with membership covering a broad range of wireless stakeholders in both FCC and NTIA managed spectrum.  This gives the Forum a unique perspective in static, dynamic, and real time management of commercial, mission critical and military systems.  The diversity of the Forum’s stakeholders make it an ideal organization to host workshops focused on identifying and resolving important issues leading to successful deployment of systems in a multiuse spectral ecosystem to support the public.

    Furthermore, the Wireless Innovation Forum has an active agenda to identify innovations that will be necessary to drive future shared spectrum and software defined radios.  These innovations are important to the members of the Forum and the advanced wireless community, and include many of the same priorities as the FCC, including the following innovations from the WInnForum Top Ten Most Wanted Wireless Innovations List.

    The document containing the comments can be downloaded here http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6831. Specifically, the document includes comments in several areas:

    • Multi stakeholder organizations
    • Spectrum dashboards
    • Receiver standards
    • Interference limits policy approach
    • Spectrum test beds and test cities

    The document also provides a question and answer table per the NPRM.  

     

    Jul 16, 2013 Vanderbilt University, Drexel University and Stevens Institute of Technology Students Take Awards

    For Immediate Release 

    WASHINGTON, DC, 16 July 2013 – The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced the winners of the 2013 SDR Design Challenge, which was held at Virginia Tech on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the annual Wireless @ Virginia Tech Symposium and Wireless Summer School in Blacksburg, VA.

    This student contest, sponsored by the Wireless Innovation Forum and Wireless @ Virginia Tech, initially involved six teams working on a broad range of project topics related to software defined radio. Judges for this year’s symposium were Ben Hilburn from Ettus Research, James Neel of Cognitive Radio Technologies and Richard Taylor of Harris Corp.   Special thanks to Ettus Research for also supplying this year’s award trophies. 

    Results of the competition were:

    FIRST PLACE:  Team Marmote (Vanderbilt University) represented by Sandor Szilvasi and Benjamin Babjak, Advised by Akos Ledeczi and Peter Volgyesi,

    Project Title:  “Low-Power Software Defined Radio for Wireless Sensor Network Experiments”

     

    SECOND PLACE: Team DWSL (Drexel) represented by Nikhil Gulati and Damiano Patron, Advised by Kapil Dandekar,

    Project Title:  “SDR Integrated Cognitive Antenna System”

     

    THIRD PLACE:  Team Attila (Stevens Institute of Technology) represented by Vidya Sagar, Advised by R. Chandramouli, and K. P. Subbalakshmi.

    Project Title:  “Application QoS Aware Cognitive Wireless Networking” 

    Final reports for each team can be found here: http://groups.winnforum.org/p/cm/ld/fid=366.

    More information about the Challenge can be found here: http://groups.winnforum.org/p/wi/et/wid=24%20.

     

     

     

    Jun 26, 2013 SDR Security Services Specifications and CR in Public Safety Report Released at SDR WInnComm Europe

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the final ballot and member approval of three new documents “Assessment of Cognitive Radio Technologies for Public Safety” (WINNF-13-P-0003-1.0.0); “International Tactical Radio Security Services API” (WINNF-09-S-0011-V2.0.0); and “IRSS API Functional Requirements Analysis and Specification” (WINNF-13-S-0004-V1.0.0).

    “These documents represent important contributions by the members of the Wireless Innovation Forum to the advanced wireless community”, said Lee Pucker, CEO of the Wireless innovation Forum. “Through these documents, the Forum’s members help to define research agendas for cognitive radio technologies worldwide, and provide a basis for expanding the growing ecosystems of SDR technology providers in commercial, civil and defense communications.”

    Created by the Forum’s Spectrum Innovation Committee, “Assessment of Cognitive Radio Technologies for Public Safety” (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6705) aims to:

    1. Define a set of desirable functional capabilities for public safety communications systems that leverage evolving cognitive radio technology;
    2. Survey cognitive radio technology research activities, to identify projects that might facilitate the deployment of desirable capabilities; and
    3. Identify research gaps as input to a broad research, development and implementation agenda for consideration by government, academic, and commercial researchers.

    From the results of the survey and analysis, the committee has identified significant ongoing research in Cognitive Radio technologies that can be leveraged to benefit public safety. Software defined radio and cognitive radio technologies have potential to provide important capabilities for public safety communications networks, including enhanced interoperability, coverage improvement, interference mitigation, dynamic spectrum access, more effective management of communications resources, and the ability to configure to meet incident command requirements. The report also additional work will be required to adapt technology developments to meet specific public safety needs. One area in which there is no significant research is the ability to configure to meet incident command requirements, as this is unique to public safety.

    “This document is an important step for the Forum, building on previous work in defining use cases for cognitive radio in public safety communications systems,” said project lead Fred Frantz, of Engility (NYSE: EGL). “This report summarizes where research investments are being made and where there are gaps, and provides insight on where the Forum can focus attention to fill those gaps going forward.”

    International Radio Security Services API” (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6706), created by the Forum’s International Radio Security Services Work Group of the Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards is a specification that standardizes a software security interface for use by the international radio community. In particular, this API is targeted for deployment in radio systems based on the Software Communication Architecture (SCA), though that is not necessarily a prerequisite for its use.

    The IRSS API consists of several API service groups, as follows:

    • The control service group details interfaces used to establish, configure, and otherwise manage channels for services provided by this API.
    • The Infosec service group details interfaces for usage of cryptographic channels and TRANSEC channels. Cryptographic channels are used for transformation (i.e. encryption/decryption) of user information between security domains or within a single security domain. TRANSEC channels are typically used to protect the protocol used for transmissions (compared with the traffic payload itself).
    • The bypass service group details interfaces for usage of bypass channels used to transfer waveform control information between security domains without encryption.
    • The integrity and authentication service group details interfaces for features such as generating hashes, generating message authentication codes (MACs), generating and verifying digital signatures, and generating random numbers.
    • The protocol service group details interfaces that allow waveforms to interact with Cryptographic Applications (CAs), using a generic protocol to perform CA-specific functions. This allows specialized protocols or functions not addressed by the other IRSS APIs to be performed, such as asymmetric key negotiation, etc.

    IRSS API Functional Requirements Analysis and Specification” (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6707), also created by the Forum’s  International Radio Security Services Work Group, is an analysis of several radio waveform classes regarding the nature and types of security services needed to support waveform operational requirements across a broad spectrum of Radio Security Services. These are then analyzed and developed into a set of example radio platform and waveform API use cases for radio security services. Based on these analyses a set of API functional requirements applicable to the waveform/platform Radio Security Service API are presented. The document develops and provides a functional requirements specification that can be applied to the development of an Application Programming Interface (API) for Radio Security Services (RSS) for use in radios in the international marketplace. These include commercial , public safety and government radio applications as well as military tactical radio applications, the latter three of which are perhaps the most demanding from a security perspective and consequently are the primary sources for  the document.

    "Securing our wireless communications across the full spectrum of commercial, public safety, government  and  tactical radio applications is paramount. These specifications provide a basis for a common globally applicable API, fostering waveform portability across diverse radio platforms while enabling the protection of assets for an entire community of interest." said John Fitton, Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) Senior Scientist and task leader for the functional requirements analysis and specification effort.

    Wireless Innovation Forum member representatives have initiated and led multiple work efforts that promote their organization’s specific objectives through the creation of reports, recommendations and specifications that are widely used by industrial partners, academic institutions and government agencies worldwide. The importance of the resulting 70+  "work products" is reflected in the fact that they were downloaded more than 12,000 times in 2012 alone. The Forum encourages participation from organizations wanting to be involved in its active projects. Please contact Forum CEO Lee Pucker at Lee.Pucker@WirelessInnovation.org if you are interested and visit http://www.WirelessInnovation.org to learn more about our member’s activities.

     

    Jun 18, 2013 Wireless Innovation Forum Applauds Balanced Approach to Spectrum Sharing in Presidential Memo

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (http://www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced enthusiastic support of President Barack Obama’s recent memo on expanding available wireless spectrum.  As reflected in the Forum’s Advocacy Agenda (http://groups.winnforum.org/advocacy) the members support the President’s initiative on:

    1. the requirement that adequate interference protection be provided for federal users to ensure national security, law enforcement and safety of life responsibilities;
    2. shared access to federal spectrum for commercial purposes when such interference protection is provided; and
    3. requirements for performance criteria for radio receivers.

    Forum members believe dedicated spectrum is critical to the development and operation of essential and critical communications systems to support, for example; first responders, state and local public safety communities and federal Homeland Security networks. The need for immediate and prioritized access to spectrum, in emergency/crisis situations, can only be met by exclusively authorized (licensed or assigned) spectrum. Given the complex intertwining of existing spectrum licenses, reallocation of spectrum is no longer feasible due to high cost, length of time to implement and disruption of service.

    Insofar as providing shared access to federal spectrum for commercial purposes when such interference protection is provided, Forum members advocate a regulatory model that includes combinations of licensed and unlicensed, sharing and hierarchical, cooperative and co-existent domains for the optimal utilization of spectrum. This approach will also permit the use of spectrum that is currently unavailable due to warehousing or is no longer used though the license remains active. The Forum also recommends the use of new technologies, and paradigms such as small cells that address the emerging spectrum crisis.

    “While exclusive-use spectrum is a necessary regulatory condition, it is insufficient to ensure that national spectrum resources are optimally leveraged to maximum benefit. The integration of unlicensed access models and establishment of new spectrum sharing regulations, including increased tolerance of nominal levels of interference where appropriate, coupled with effective interference resolution processes are critical,” said Lee Pucker, CEO of the Wireless Innovation Forum.

    The growing movement to encourage spectrum sharing will be a significant enabler for cognitive radio systems, as noted in the Forum’s recently published report “Top Ten Most Wanted Wireless Innovations.” However, existing spectrum users have a reasonable expectation that their systems operation will not be impaired by new in-band and adjacent band users. Historically, this has been managed through a variety of standards and regulations primarily focused on transmitter parameters, sometimes with unexpected consequences. The Forum believes that long term the entire range of both transmitter and receiver characteristics must become an integral part of spectrum regulation and management. Specifically, adding focus on regulating receiver performance can bring much benefit in terms of spectrum efficiency through such regulation while at the same time reducing risk for new market and new technology entrants.

    In addition, the Forum asks that this model be extended to commercial spectrum as well, allowing federal users to access additional spectrum in times of crises such as Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy or 9/11. The capability to dynamically access additional spectrum for essential and critical communication users is essential. First responder demand for spectrum access can rise dramatically during major incidents and disaster responses. Exclusive assignment of spectrum to public safety and other critical / essential communication systems is necessary, though expensive, and can result in under-utilization of spectrum during normal operations over large geographical areas. However, large numbers of responders operating during a crisis can easily over-burden the planned system capacity in a localized region. As recommended by the PCAST report “Realizing the Full Potential of Government Owned Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth,” mechanisms for shared access to spectrum are necessary to ensure that public safety users can access needed spectrum with appropriate priority during times of need, while allowing commercial use for the remainder of the time. The Forum advocates appropriate mechanisms are established to ensure that essential and critical communications receive the appropriate priority for dynamic access of the spectrum.

    Members of the Forum stand ready to support the Spectrum Policy Team in understanding the latest advances in spectrum sharing policy and technology. A number of reports produced by Forum members, including the recently approved “Assessment of Cognitive Radio Technologies for Public Safety Communications” and the frequently downloaded “Quantifying the Benefits of Cognitive Radio” provide a wealth of information on the this important technology (additional reports can be found in the Forum’s document library: http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/Document_Library).

    To create the Advocacy Agenda, the Forum’s Regulatory Committee sought participation from the different stakeholders and leveraged the body of work that has been approved by the Forum’s members that advocate positions to advance wireless innovation in spectrum utilization and radio technologies. The Advocacy Agenda is composed of five focus areas: Essential and Critical Communications, Innovation and Competition, Spectrum, Security and Interoperability. To learn more and download the full Agenda: http://groups.winnforum.org/advocacy

     

    May 07, 2013 Exceptional Program for SDR-WInnComm-Europe 2013 Announced

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org) announced today the program for the 2013 Wireless Innovation Forum European Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio, to be held 11-13 June 2013 in Munich, Germany.

    Attracting delegates including investors, commercial network operators, radio manufacturers, system integrators, government procurement officials, regulators, engineering service providers and consultants, SDR-WInnComm-Europe is the only European event devoted to the advancement of wireless radio technologies from research through deployment. The program features three days of keynotes by industry leaders, eight technical sessions, 5G panel, invited presentations, a day-long Tactical Radio Workshop and an ALOE Framework and Waveform Design Tutorial.  

    “The SDR-WInnComm European Conference consistently delivers strategically relevant programming to the commercial, defense and academic wireless communications systems innovators and this year is no exception” said Conference Chair Kuan Collins of SAIC.  Due to the caliber of professionals that attend and present their work, and outstanding keynote speakers, it is a venue where engineers, customers, and executives can communicate with each other about wireless communications system requirements, design, products, use cases and have meaningful impact within their respective domains because of this interaction.”

    Keynotes will include:

    • Dr. Marc Adrat, Project Manager Software Defined Radio, Fraunhofer FKIE
    • Dr. Boyd Buchin, Head of Sales Army Communication Systems Germany, Rohde & Schwarz
    • Manfred Fleischmann, President and CEO, Rohde & Schwarz    
    • Petri Mähönen, Professor, Founding Director of the Institute for Networked Systems, RWTH Aachen University
    • Markus Mueck, Chairman, ETSI RRS Technical Committee  

    Thursday's 5G Panel will be moderated by Gerd Aschied (RWTH Aachen University) and feature panelists Gerhard Wunder (5G Now), Afif Osseiran (METIS Program) and more.

    This year's event also boasts eight technical program sessions: Wireless Networks, Civil Communications (EDGE, WiMax, LTE), Spectrum Efficiency, Tactical Radio Communications, Modeling and Simulation, Implementation Issues, Heterogeneous Platforms (FPGA, Multicore), and Spectrum Sensing and Interference Mitigation. 

    In addition, five invited presentations will be featured: 

    • Tuesday, 11 June 2013, 10:30
      • "UMIC Research Program", presented by Dr. Gerd Ascheid, RWTH Aachen
      • "High Data Rate Technology for HF communications (HDR-HF)", presented by Mr. Ewald Hedrich, Fraunhofer IIS 
      • AMIS Program, Alberto Quintana, Indra
    • Thursday, 13 June 2013, 13:30 
      • "Acropolis Overview", presented by Dr. James Neel, Cognitive Radio Technologies  
      • "CRS-I", presented by Paulo Marques, Instituto de Telecomunicações 

    Click here to view the draft agenda, complete with links to abstracts of all the papers being presented at SDR-WInnComm-Europe 2013. (Please note that these are draft paper assignments. Final paper and presentation acceptance notifications go out on Friday, 3 May 2013, after which the program will be finalized.)

    This fifth annual conference will also feature Tactical Radio Workshop where you can hear the latest tactical radio and SDR programmes update, US JTNC, ESSOR, COALWNW, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden. Learn about the future evolution of international SDR SCA standards, SCA, ESSOR Architecture, and Wireless Innovation Forum. Understand and discover the key technology evolutions that will boost the SDR Platforms performances. Click here to view the schedule and learn more.

    To register, click here: http://www.regonline.com/SDR-WInnComm-Europe2013. Registration is discounted if you register prior to 10 May 2013.

    Platinum Sponsors include General Dynamics C4 Systems, Harris Corporation, Indra Sistemas, OIS and Selex ES.

    Additional information can be found at http://Europe.WirelessInnovation.org

     

    Apr 30, 2013 Wireless Innovation Forum Announces Support of Ofcom’s White Space Devices Pilot Launch

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (http://www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced enthusiastic support of Ofcom’s 26 April announcement that it will launch a white space devices pilot program this autumn.

    Ofcom’s pilot program will use bands previously reserved for digital television and microphones (white spaces) to allow devices to transmit and receive wireless signals for applications such as broadband access for rural communities, Wi-Fi like services or new machine-to-machine networks. The pilot will test the inter-operation of white spaces devices, white space databases and the processes to mitigate against causing any undue interference to current spectrum users.

    “The members of the Forum feel that pilot programs such as these are critical for establishing a vibrant spectrum sharing ecosystem, allowing white space device manufacturers, white space database administrators and network operators to work together to mature technologies that maximize the economic potential of our limited spectrum resources,” said Lee Pucker, CEO of the Wireless Innovation Forum.

    As reflected in the Forum’s Advocacy Agenda (http://groups.winnforum.org/advocacy) the members feel that such pilot programs provide opportunities for wireless system and applications developers to trial and assess the capabilities of their innovative technologies in more complex environments (section 2.2, Innovation and Competition, of the Agenda http://groups.winnforum.org/p/cm/ld/fid=355), while reducing barriers to entry and promoting technological innovation, enabling incumbents and entrepreneurs to pursue new business opportunities throughout the wireless value chain (section 2.4 Innovation and Competition, of the Agenda http://groups.winnforum.org/p/cm/ld/fid=355). 

    In supporting Ofcom’s pilot efforts, the Forum recommends that specific focus should be placed on:

    • the capabilities of cognitive radios and other spectrum sharing technologies,
    • ways to reliably identify harmful interference,
    • measuring spectrum efficiency,
    • determining ways to increase spectrum efficiency and
    • investigating new efficient technologies, as well as their potential value to the economy and society (see section 2.2, Innovation and Competition, of the Agenda http://groups.winnforum.org/p/cm/ld/fid=355)

    In addition, the Forum also encourages the open testing of spectrum etiquettes in this pilot to facilitate innovation that would improve spectrum efficiency and to assure that performance objectives are being met (see section 3.2.4, Spectrum, of the Agenda http://groups.winnforum.org/p/cm/ld/fid=356#3.2). Such etiquettes include cooperative sensing techniques that help address the hidden node problem, and techniques that help expand the radio environment map database model to include registering accurate transmitter and receiver characteristics for radio systems operating in a specific location at a specific time(see section 3.2.5, Spectrum, of the Agenda http://groups.winnforum.org/p/cm/ld/fid=356#3.2).

    To create the Advocacy Agenda, the Forum’s Regulatory Committee sought participation from the different stakeholders and leveraged the body of work that has been approved by the Forum’s members that advocate positions to advance wireless innovation in spectrum utilization and radio technologies. The Advocacy Agenda is composed of five focus areas: Essential and Critical Communications, Innovation and Competition, Spectrum, Security and Interoperability. To learn more and download the full Agenda: http://groups.winnforum.org/advocacy

     

    Apr 11, 2013 Forum Releases Report on Business Models for New Entrants in the SDR Tactical Radio Market

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the approval of the report “Business Models for New Entrants in the SDR Tactical Radio Market” (Document WINNF-13-P-0001-V1.0.0). The report identifies various possible business models that could enable a successful new generation of tactical radio programs based on examples taken from existing programs and complements “SDR Technologies for the International Tactical Radio Market” (Document WINNF-09-P-0006 V1.0.0) which was released in September 2011.

     “The new release of the market report concludes important efforts of the Forum and its members, among them all the main stakeholders of the SDR industry for the tactical communications market,” said David Renaudeau, of Thales (HO:EN Paris), Chair of the Forum’s International Tactical Radio Special Interest Group (ITR-SIG).

    A recent evaluation of tactical radio shipments shows that SDR has become a mainstream technology in defense communications. The success of SDR has been largely driven by manufacturers and government agencies worldwide that saw the promise of SDR and invested early in its development. Based on these successes, a number of new organizations are now exploring the adoption of SDR technology. To support this second generation of SDR tactical radio market adoption, the Forum conducted a project to explore possible business models that can be adopted by value chain stakeholders introducing SDR into their tactical communications programs. By capturing trends from existing programs and leveraging them into lessons learned, the resulting document presents different business models available for international tactical SDR programs.

    While the report finds there is no clear and easy answer to interoperability issues, it does find that SDR Business Models do provide some clear benefits, including:

    • cost savings by sharing cost of development,
    • SDR as a competition enabler, with innovation and reduced time to market benefits, and
    • access to national sovereignty.

    SDR standards, including SCA (Software Communications Architecture), are key success factors for the future of the SDR market for tactical communications. The Forum’s Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards (CC SCA) supports the harmonization of SCA based standards at the international level for the mutual benefits of all stakeholders to include:

    • Defining an industry driven SCA evolution roadmap for the international community
    • Profiling the SCA specification and related APIs to define internationally accepted variants that are hosted by the Forum
    • Developing extensions to the SCA standards that address any gaps between the defined SCA evolution roadmap and Forum accepted SCA specification variants
    • Providing implementation and certification guides, tools etc. easing implementation and supporting proliferation
    • Establishing and managing industry led certification programs where appropriate 

    To download the entire report, go to: http://groups.winnforum.org/Reports.

    Wireless Innovation Forum member representatives have initiated and led multiple work efforts that promote their organization’s specific objectives through the creation of reports, recommendations and specifications that are widely used by the advanced wireless community. The importance of these "work products" is reflected in the fact that over 12,000 individual documents were downloaded from the document library in 2012 alone

     

    Apr 01, 2013 Wireless Innovation Forum Membership Approves Advocacy Agenda

    Washington, DC - 29 March 2013 – The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the approval of the Wireless Innovation Forum Advocacy Agenda, enabling the group to be an opinion leader in issues regarding the advanced wireless technologies community.  

    “The advocacy agenda was developed through broad participation of our members to provide clarity on the positions critical to advancing spectrum utilization and radio technologies for wireless communications,” says the Forum’s Board of Directors Chair Bruce Oberlies of Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI).

    In 2012, The Wireless Innovation Forum initiated a project to identify the major advocacy 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. The advocacy agenda will support the Forum’s mission of advocating for the innovative utilization of spectrum, and advancing radio technologies that support essential or critical communications.

    “Our advocacy positions identify and target key areas for innovation and growth in the wireless communications sector. By setting out clear viewpoints on each, we have enhanced our ability to liaise with regulators and technologists, and to support our members' interests,” said the Forum’s Chief Regulatory Officer Keith Nolan of Telecommunications Research Centre (CTVR).      

    To create the Advocacy Agenda, the Forum’s Regulatory Committee sought participation from the different stakeholders and leveraged the body of work that has been approved by the Forum’s members that advocate positions to advance wireless innovation in spectrum utilization and radio technologies. The Advocacy Agenda is composed of five focus areas:

    • Essential and Critical Communications

    • Innovation & Competition

    • Spectrum

    • Security

    • Interoperability

    Wireless Innovation Forum member representatives have initiated and led multiple work efforts that promote their organization’s specific objectives through the creation of reports, recommendations and specifications that are widely used by the advanced wireless community. The importance of these "work products" is reflected in the fact that over 12,000 individual documents were downloaded from the document library in 2012 alone. Additional information about the Forum’s groups and projects can be found here: http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/Current_Projects.  

    Download the complete Advocacy Agenda here: http://groups.winnforum.org/Advocacy_Agenda.

     

     

    Mar 21, 2013 Wireless Innovation Forum Announces Project Designed to Develop Report on Wireless Policy

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the approval of a project aimed at creating a report on Receiver Performance Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria. Led by Bruce Mueller of Motorola Solutions, the project is for regulators, designers, manufacturers and users of wireless communications who are developing wireless policy and equipment to access shared spectrum or to coexist with adjacent spectrum uses while understanding impact to current spectrum users.  

    “Effective spectrum sharing is going to require a shared understanding of current and future wireless receiver system performance,” says project leader Mueller. “By utilizing the many stakeholder members of the Forum, we will provide tools to enable and evaluate the use of shared spectrum radio systems in the future.”

    This project will identify the critical receiver parameters required in order to enable spectrum sharing systems in existing bands and will evaluate the current and expected receiver performance criteria for existing systems for effective protection.  The project will survey/solicit measurements of existing systems in bands and markets of interest to the Forum membership, including the military, public safety, satellite and commercial markets.

    The resulting report from the project, anticipated to be complete September 2013, will contain a set of actionable guidelines to design and evaluate the performance of receivers that will coexist in shared and adjacent spectrum bands. It will include specific guidelines for characterizing receivers to enable the design and evaluation of shared and co-existing spectrum communications systems that can be used as a foundation for future radio systems.

    The Forum encourages participation from organizations wanting to be involved in this important project. Please contact Forum CEO Lee Pucker at Lee.Pucker@WirelessInnovation.org if you are interested.

    Wireless Innovation Forum member representatives have initiated and led multiple work efforts that promote their organization’s specific objectives through the creation of reports, recommendations and specifications that are widely used by the advanced wireless community. The importance of these "work products" is reflected in the fact that over 12,000 individual documents were downloaded from the document library in 2012 alone. Additional information about the Forum’s groups and projects can be found here: http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/Current_Projects.  

     

    Feb 20, 2013 Forum Announces Comments on FCC NPRM on Enabling Innovative Small Cell Use in the 3.5GHz Band

    Washington, DC, 21 February 2013The Wireless Innovation Forum (http://www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today support of the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Order on Enabling Innovative Small Cell Use in the 3.5GHz band.

    The NPRM proposes to create a new Citizens Broadband Service in the 3550-3650 MHz band (3.5 GHz Band) currently utilized for military and satellite operations, which will promote two major advances that enable more efficient use of radio spectrum: small cells and spectrum sharing. 

    “This NPRM represents an important step towards enhancing capacity for wireless broadband services and increasing spectrum usage efficiency through the shared use of spectrum and network densification,” said Keith Nolan, Chief Regulatory Officer for the Forum and Research Fellow with the Telecommunications Research Centre (CTVR) in Dublin. “The combination of these approaches will pave the way for products and services with potentially high economic and societal value to connected communities.”

    In a document approved by the Forum’s membership 19 February 2013, the group states support of the use of small cells, in particular the deployment of small cells in the 3.5GHz band to offer significantly enhanced capacity and more effective use of spectrum. The official comment states: “The use of smaller cells also increases the frequency reuse ability and therefore the density of small cells and number of geographically separated services. The combination of these two factors increases capacity available to users. The adoption of a small cell approach would also facilitate the broader deployment of self-optimizing networks.”

    The document also includes support of spectrum sharing, with the belief that spectrum sensing technologies may also play a role in augmenting networked database systems to manage shared spectrum access, to better enable cooperative, opportunistic access. As such, the Forum recommends that advances in these technologies not be discounted in future planning.

    The Forum believes that the technical and service characteristics for small cell deployments in the 3.5GHz band have the potential to significantly reduce or eliminate the need for the geographic exclusion zones identified in the Fast Assessment and in the Ten Year Plan and Timetables published by the NTIA in October 2010, also mentioned in the FCC’s NPRM.

    The Forum’s recommendations have been supported by the work of the Forum, its members and its partners over the past several years including work by the Forum’s Cognitive Radio Work Group on quantifying the benefits of cognitive radio technologies including spectrum sharing http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/3839).  Spectrum sharing was explored in the use cases developed by the Forum’s Public Safety Special Interest Group for cognitive radio (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/2325 and http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/1565). The report by the Public Safety Special Interest Group identified advanced radio technologies as key to realizing innovative partnerships that would allow public safety to benefit from more efficient spectrum utilization http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/1579. These latter reports acknowledge spectrum sharing as an important component of future public safety communications capabilities, given the unique incident-based spectrum and capacity requirements of the public safety community.        

    A copy of the full response can be found here: http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6495

     

    Jan 24, 2013 The Wireless Innovation Forum invites entries for the Software-Defined Radio Design Challenge

          WASHINGTON, DC, 24 January 2013 – The Wireless Innovation Forum (http://www.WirelessInnovation.org), today announced an invitation for entries for the Software-Defined Radio Design Challenge, a student design contest. An activity of the Forum's Educational Special Interest Group, the contest is hosted by Virginia Tech. The competition will take place on May 29-31, 2013 at the Wireless@Virginia Tech Symposium on Wireless Communications, Blacksburg, VA, USA. Proposals are due February 8, 2013. 

    Undergraduate and graduate students or teams of students, advised by a faculty member, are eligible and may propose and solve any problem related to SDR/CR/DSA. Senior capstone or graduate thesis projects, class projects, sponsored projects, and independent projects are all eligible and may have already begun before the proposal due date. At minimum each entry should include an implementation of a software-defined radio (SDR) link or receiver that can be demonstrated using available signals or using an experimental frequency allocation. The specific application and implementation are to be determined by the entrants. While a significant amount of original work is expected, use of available SDR hardware and software is encouraged. Details of the spectrum allocation will be provided as they become available. Teams may use any frequency if a cable connection is used. If over-the-air operation is desired, teams should contact the organizers as soon as possible so that an application can be filed for a special temporary authorization to operate on the desired frequencies. Final reports will be posted on the Wireless Innovation Forum’s web site.

    Projects will be evaluated by wireless communications industry professionals. Projects by teams composed entirely of undergraduate students will be evaluated using the same criteria as other projects but will compete in a separate category. The size of each team will be taken into account in the evaluation. Evaluation criteria include:

    • importance and timeliness of the problem addressed,
    • performance of solution (e.g., minimum detectable signal/minimum SNR of receiver, demonstrated throughput and spectral efficiency of digital link)
    • flexibility (e.g., multiband and/or multi-mode capability)
    • degree of automation/adaptive capability
    • ease of use/user interface
    • size, weight, and power
    • cost effectiveness

    To obtain access to the Challenge entry form and learn more, visit the contest web page: http://groups.winnforum.org/p/wi/et/wid=24.

    The contest will be held during Wireless@Virginia Tech’s annual symposium and summer school. Team members will be required to register for the symposium. We are seeking sponsorship to provide registration fee waivers and travel funds on a competitive basis. If your organization is interested in supporting the contest, please email Dr. Carl Dietrich at cdietric@vt.edu. For additional symposium information, please check the symposium’s web page: http://wireless.vt.edu/symposium/2013/

     

    Jan 18, 2013 Forum Announces 2012 Award Winners and 2013 Board of Directors at Annual Conference

    Weightless, Jeffrey Reed of Virginia Tech and John Glossner of Optimum Semiconductor Technologies Take Home Awards; Board Welcomes Three New Members

    For Immediate Release  WASHINGTON, DC, 17 January 2013  – The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), today announced the winners of its annual Achievement Awards and its newly elected Board of Directors as presented at the Wireless Innovation Forum Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio (SDR- WInnComm 2013) and 74th Technical Interchange Meeting. This premier event for the software defined radio (SDR), cognitive radio (CR) and dynamic spectrum access community was held 8-11 January 2013  in Washington, D.C. and sponsored by Platinum Sponsors General Dynamics C4 Systems, Harris Corporation, Indra Sistemas, Objective Interface Systems and Selex ES, Gold event sponsors included Pentek and General Dynamics C4 Systems.

     

    The Technology of the Year award is presented to an individual or organization for a breakthrough product or technology in the field of Software Defined or Cognitive Radio as nominated and selected by the Forum members. This year’s award was awarded to Weightless, a proprietary, royalty-free, open standard for wireless machine-to-machine communications using TV white-space spectrum. The use of white-space spectrum, together with the unique characteristics of M2M traffic compared to human traffic means that the use of existing standards is far from optimal. The Weightless standard is optimized for this specific scenario and provides TDD operation with a wide range of provided data rates depending on the application, range and operating environment. The standard was designed to minimize cost and power consumption, featuring a chipset cost of less than $2, a range of up to 10km and a battery life of 10 years.

    The Forum International Achievement 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. This year’s winner, Dr. Jeffrey Reed and his colleagues and students at Wireless@Virginia Tech, has been instrumental in leading the way for research and academic collaboration in the areas of SDR and CR. The impact on the community has been tremendous, including multiple companies in the industry founded by VT graduates. VT has also hosted the Software Defined Radio Design Challenge in collaboration with the Wireless Innovation Forum to provide a challenging academic exercise for grad and undergrads in the area of SDR and CR. The contribution of Wireless@Virginia Tech has been extremely rich and fruitful over the years.

     

    Dr. John Glossner of Optimum Semiconductor Technologies won the Presidents’ Award, chosen by the Forum’s Board Chairman and presented to individuals in recognition of their sustained outstanding contributions in support of the Wireless Innovation Forum and its activities. Dr. Glossner has played an active role in the Forum for several years serving on the Board of Directors and has driven key work products and activities for the Forum.  He has organized and chaired the SDR WInnComm technical conference for the last three years, is currently the Technical Director for the Forum and has led the update of the Top 10 Most Wanted Innovations, which is the most downloaded file from the Forum’s file library.  He has been an active proponent for the utilization of Open Source for reconfigurable radios.

     

    Awards were also given to the top three papers presented at the event. This year’s Best Paper Awards recipients include:

    • “Small form factor Cognitive Radio, implemented via FPGA partial reconfiguration, replacing a wired video transmission system” by Raúl Torrego (IK4-IKERLAN Research Alliance, Spain); Iñaki Val (IKERLAN Technological Research Center, Spain); Eñaut Muxika (University of Mondragon, Spain)
    •  “Novel Detector Implementations Achieving 3G LTE Downlink and Uplink Requirements” by Tuomo Hänninen (Centre for Wireless Communications University of Oulu, Finland); Janne Janhunen (University of Oulu, Finland); Markku Juntti (University of Oulu, Finland)
    •  “Ultra-wideband Digital Beamformer with Significant SWAP-C Reduction” by Elias A. Alwan (The Ohio State University, USA); Sidharth Balasubramanian (The Ohio State University, USA); Jad G. Atallah (Notre Dame University - Louaize, Lebanon); Matthew Larue (The Ohio State University, USA); Kubilay Sertel (The Ohio State University, USA); Waleed Khalil (The Ohio State University, USA); John L. Volakis (Ohio State University, USA)

     

    Also at SDR-WInnComm, The Forum membership voted on new Board of Director positions. Board members returning to their current positions include: Ruediger Leschhorn (Rohde & Schwarz) as Forum Vice-Chair, Mark Turner (Harris) as Treasurer, John Glossner (Optimum Semiconductor Technologies) as Chief Technical Officer (formerly titled Technical Director), Manuel Uhm (Coherent Logix) as Chief Marketing Officer (formerly titled Markets/User Requirements Committee Chair), Vincent Kovarik (PrismTech) as a Member at Large, Claudio Armani (Selex ES) as Large Company Representative, James Neel (CR Technologies) as Small Company Representative, and David Renaudeau (Thales) as ITU Region 1 Representative.

     

    Board members changing positions include Bruce Oberlies (Motorola) from Forum Chair to Board of Directors Chair, Eric Christensen (General Dynamics C4 Systems) from Board of Directors Chair to Forum Chair, Bob Schutz (Datron World Communications) from Secretary to Medium Company Representative, Hiroshi Harada (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology) from Member at Large to Government/Non-Profit Group Representative, Kuan Collins (SAIC) from Member at Large to Secretary, R. Muralidharan (Tata Power SED) from Medium Company Representative to ITU Region 3 Representative, and Terry Anderson (ITT Exelis) from ITU Region 2 Representative to Member at Large.

    In addition, the Board of Directors welcomes the following three new members:

    Keith Nolan (CTVR) has been elected as Chief Regulatory Officer (formerly titled Regulatory Chair). Keith is a Research Fellow with the Telecommunications Research Centre (CTVR) headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Nolan received his Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering in 2005 from Trinity College Dublin. Dr. Nolan chairs a working group on economic aspects of CR/SDR regulation within a European collaborative project called COST-TERRA. He also acts as a liaison officer between the Forum and COST-TERRA & COST-IC0902. Dr. Nolan is actively involved in regulatory and CR/DSA test & trial activities and has published widely in academic and industry publications. He founded and organised the world's first collaborative public trials and demonstrations of SDR, CR, and DSA systems held as part of the 2007 IEEE DySPAN symposium. He also co-founded and is Vice-Chair of the IEEE UK and Rep. of Ireland Vehicular Technology Society Chapter. More recently, Dr. Nolan has served as the Forum's Regulatory Committee Vice-Chair representing ITU Region 1.

     

    Peter Stanforth (Spectrum Bridge) has been elected ITU Region 2 Rep. As CTO, Mr. Stanforth is responsible for managing intellectual property development and aspects of Product Development and Operations. Prior to co-founding Spectrum Bridge, Mr. Stanforth was co-founder and CTO of MeshNetworks, Inc, where he was responsible for managing the strategic business and technical aspects of product development and operations. Prior to MeshNetworks Mr. Stanforth held a variety of engineering and management roles in telecommunications startups an Fortune 100 equipment manufacturers.  Mr. Stanforth has authored over 25 US Patents on wireless technologies. Mr. Stanforth has published numerous papers on Telecommunications Technology and Strategy. Mr. Stanforth Holds a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Teesside.

     

    Gerd Aschied (RWTH Aachen University) has been elected Academic Representative. Gerd received his Diploma and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering (Communications Eng.) from RWTH Aachen University. In 1988 he started as a co-founder CADIS GmbH which successfully brought the system simulation tool COSSAP to the market. From 1994-2003 Gerd Ascheid was Director / Senior Director with Synopsys, a California-based EDA market leader, In 2002 he was co-founder of LisaTek whose processor design tools are now part of the Synopsys product portfolio. Since April 2003 Gerd Ascheid heads the Institute for Integrated Signal Processing Systems of RWTH Aachen University. He is also coordinator of the UMIC (Ultra-high speed Mobile Information and Communication) Research Centre at RWTH Aachen University. His research interest is in wireless communication algorithms and application specific integrated platforms, in particular, for mobile terminals.

     

    The Board would like to thank the following outgoing members for their service: Boya Lu (Huawei) who served as ITU Region 3 Representative, John Powell (National Public Safety Telecommunications Council) who served as the Government/Non-Profit Group Representative, Paul Sutton (CTVR) who served as the Academic Group Representative, Paul Kolodzy (Kolodzy Consulting) who served as a Member at Large and Pekka Heikkinen (Elektrobit) who served as Member at Large.

     

     

    Dec 27, 2012 SDR-WInnComm 2013 Product Expo to Feature Companies from Across the Wireless Radio Value Chain

    Washington, 20 December 2012 – The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org) has announced participants in the SDR-WInnComm 2013 Product Exposition (http://groups.WInnForum.org/SDR-WInnComm-2013), which reach across all aspects of the wireless value chain. The expo will feature some of the latest products, technologies and services available in the advanced wireless market.

    Exhibitors announcing new products during the event:

    • DataSoft is showcasing Thunder and Microburst SDRs, and Probe Toolbox.  Thunder is a high performance development platform for advanced waveform and algorithm development, including migrating GNU radio apps to a true SDR.  Microburst is a full-duplex, small, rugged, high-performance SDR.  Numerous on-board interfaces (e.g., Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS) make it a versatile SDR for embedded and personnel use.  The Probe Toolbox reduces cost and time of developing or porting waveforms by providing focused multi-processor debugging tools.
    • In partnership with Ettus Research, Amarisoft has successfully developed a fully-functional eNodeB. The software-defined LTE base station was implemented using a USRP(TM) (Universal Software Radio Peripheral) N210, the UHD(TM) (USRP Hardware Driver), and software running on commodity PC. The implementation covers LTE layers 1-3, and can provide network access to off-the-shelf user equipment, such as common USB dongles. Ettus Research will be showing a live demonstration of this LTE stack at the Wireless Innovation Forum.
    • National Instruments announces the NI FlexRIO SDR Bundle, currently being used in multiple cutting-edge research projects on 5G technologies. A high performance RF front end (200 MHz – 4.4 GHZ with 100 MHz of bandwidth) combine with a LabVIEW reconfigurable FPGA to form a powerful SDR solution.   Combine multipe transceivers for advanced MIMO and beamforming research. The NI FlexIRO SDR Budle is the latest addition to the NI SDR platform that includes the NI USRP™ devices.
    • PrismTech will be demonstrating its Spectra DTP4700 Software Defined Radio Development and Test Platform at SDR-WInnComm. Spectra DTP4700 is an optimized, small form-factor platform with low power consumption which is ideally suited to the Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) constraints of next generation Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) SDR environments. The DTP4700 is a Linux based platform that comes complete with the SCA 2.2.2 compliant Spectra Core Framework, CORBA-compliant Spectra ORB middleware, and SCA platform device software.
    • Reservoir Labs will release the latest version of their revolutionary SCA project verification tool, R-Check SCA, available for both Windows and Linux platforms. This release features a powerful new graphical interface and enhanced analysis capabilities including consolidated reporting of dynamic memory allocations and expanded coverage of the SCA with over twenty (20) new requirements supported. Visit Reservoir Labs, Exhibit Hall Booth #2, to see R-Check SCA in action.
    • Rohde & Schwarz announces the New SDTR Vehicular Tactical Radio. The R&S®SDTR vehicular tactical radio is the first of the new R&S®SDxR software defined radio family. Based on the SCA 2.2.2 architecture, this marks a revolutionary change in tactical communications – technically and economically.  The SDTR operates between 30 MHz - 512 MHz with an output power of 50 W without external amplifiers. The R&S®HDR waveforms support external IP based applications, jam-resistant (TRANSEC) and tap-proof (COMSEC) communications, and simultaneous voice and data transmission.

    Additional exhibitors include:

    • Agilent Technologies
    • Battelle
    • Beecube
    • Coherent Logix
    • Epiq Solutions
    • Etherstack
    • Green Hills Software
    • Harris
    • NASA
    • OIS
    • Pentek
    • Space Coast Communications Systems 
    • Wireless@Virginia Tech

    Attracting delegates, including investors, commercial network operators, radio manufacturers, system integrators, government procurement officials, regulators, engineering service providers and consultants from around the globe, SDR-WInnComm is the only event devoted to the advancement of advanced radio technologies from research through deployment.  Exhibitors are still being accepted. To learn more visit http://www.conference.wirelessinnovation.org/sponsorship-and-exhibiting.

    SDR-WInnComm will be held 8-10 January 2013 in Washington, D.C. Each day of this conference will feature keynotes by industry leaders, as well as workshops, tutorials, and technical presentations. The event also touts a technology showcase and concurrent working meetings of the working and special interest groups of the Forum. This year’s event will also be held in conjunction with the IEEE DySPAN Standards Committee.

     

     

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    Dec 13, 2012 The Wireless Innovation Forum Announces Annual Award Finalists

    Thales, Weightless, Dr. Jeffrey Reed, and William Webb top the list;
    Winners to be announced at SDR-WInnComm 2013 in Washington, DC, January 8

                WASHINGTON, DC, 13 December 2012 – The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), today announced finalists of their annual Achievement Awards. Finalists in the Technology of the Year include Thales and Weightless. Finalists for International Achievement are Dr. Jeffrey Reed and William Webb. Winners will be announced at Wireless Innovation Forum Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio (SDR - WInnComm 2013). The premier event for the reconfigurable radio community, SDR-WInnComm will be held 8-11 January in Washington, D.C. Each day of this conference will feature keynotes by industry leaders as well as workshops, tutorials, and technical presentations. The event also touts an exposition and a technology showcase.

    The Technology of the Year 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. Nomination summaries for the finalists are:

    • Weightless

    Weightless is a proprietary, royalty-free, open standard for wireless machine-to-machine communications using TV white-space spectrum. The use of white-space spectrum, together with the unique characteristics of M2M traffic compared to human traffic means that the use of existing standards is far from optimal. The Weightless standard is optimised for this specific scenario and provides TDD operation with a wide range of provided data rates depending on the application, range and operating environment. The standard was designed to minimise cost and power consumption, featuring a chipset cost of less than USD$2, a range of up to 10km and a battery life of 10 years.

    • Thales SDR Networking Lab

    Thales, a key player in software-defined radio (SDR), has announced the first deliveries of its SDR Networking Lab solution, which enables customers to develop and adapt their own SDR-standard waveforms and integrate them with SDR platforms. The SDR Networking Lab is a complete set of tools and solutions that let users define, develop and adapt new generations of waveforms with high-data-rate and network-centric capabilities. These waveforms can subsequently be ported to SDR systems compliant with the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) international standard. With the shift to network-centric operations, the SDR Networking Lab gives national armed forces and regional defence organisations the ability to develop their own network waveforms to meet their specific operational requirements, with guaranteed joint and combined forces and international interoperability. The SDR Networking Lab is based on two complementary tools: Com Lab, which uses advanced simulation to help users specify the system and network characteristics of tactical communication systems for forces in the field, as well as their operational benefits. · Waveform Lab, which supports the development, transfer and integration of waveforms on a wide range of SDR platforms, in compliance with the SCA standard (such as the FlexNet-One platform). Thales is involved in the European Secure Software Defined Radio (ESSOR) programme and is an active contributing member of the Wireless Innovation Forum. 

     

    The Forum International Achievement 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. The finalists in this category are:

    • Jeffrey Reed

    Dr. Jeffrey Reed and his colleagues and students at Wireless@Virginia Tech have been instrumental in leading the way for research and academic collaboration in the areas of SDR and CR. The impact on the community has been tremendous, including multiple companies in the industry founded by VT graduates. VT has also hosted the Software Defined Radio Design Challenge in collaboration with the Wireless Innovation Forum to provide a challenging academic exercise for grad and undergrads in the area of SDR and CR. The contribution of Wireless@Virginia Tech has been extremely rich and fruitful over the years.

    • William Webb

    Since 2003, William Webb has been a key figure in shaping spectrum policy across Europe through his work at Ofcom, the UK Communications regulator. As Director of Technology Resources, William managed Ofcom research and development and led a number of key policy initiatives including the Spectrum Framework Review, the development of Spectrum Usage Rights and most recently cognitive or white space policy. In January 2011, he became CTO of Neul, a Cambridge-based company focusing on machine-to-machine communications using TV white-space spectrum and producer of the first radios to fully meet the FCC white space radio specification. William has published eleven books, eighty papers, and four patents. He is a Visiting Professor at Surrey University and DeMontfort University and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET where he is a Vice President.

    Attracting investors, commercial network operators, radio manufacturers, system integrators, government procurement officials, regulators, engineering service providers and consultants from over 22 different countries, SDR-WInnComm is the only event devoted to the advancement of reconfigurable radio technologies from research through deployment. Additional information on the SDR-WInnComm program, workshops and tutorials can be found at http://groups.WInnForum.org/SDR-WInnComm-2013.   

    Winners in each of these categories will be announced at the Welcome Reception, sponsored by General Dynamics C4 Systems, held Tuesday, 8 January.

    To register, visit our registration page.

    Program updates can be followed on our program page, as well as our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

    Platinum Sponsors include General Dynamics C4 Systems, Harris Corporation, Indra Sistemas, Objective Interface Systems, and Selex Elsag. Pentek and General Dynamics C4 Systems are the event’s Gold Sponsors.

     

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    Dec 06, 2012 Leaders in Advanced Radio Technologies to Provide Keynotes for SDR-WInnComm 2013

    Linda Doyle (CTVR), Kevin McGinnis (FirstNet) Mark Gorenberg (Hummer Winblad Venture Partner), Dr. Joseph Mitola III (Mitola's STATISfaction), Richard Reinhart (NASA), and Dr. Donald H. Steinbrecher (Navy Undersea Warfare Center) headline annual event 

          WASHINGTON, DC, 6 December 2012 – The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), today announced an impressive keynote lineup for its Wireless Innovation Forum Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio (SDR - WInnComm 2013). The premier event for the SDR, CR and DSA communities, SDR-WInnComm will be held 8-11 January in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the 74th WInnForum Technical Interchange Meeting and DySpan-SC.  Each day of this conference will feature a different keynote speech presented by a recognized leader in the community on the challenges that exist in the commercial, public safety and defense sectors, and the role of software defined radio (SDR) and cognitive radio (CR) technologies in addressing those challenges.

    Keynotes include:

    • Linda DoyleCTVR
    • Kevin McGinnisFirstNet
    • Mark GorenbergHummer Winblad Venture Partner
    • Dr. Joseph Mitola IIIMitola's STATISfaction
    • Richard ReinhartNASA
    • Dr. Donald H. SteinbrecherNavy Undersea Warfare Center

    Earlybird discounted registration rates expire after Friday, December 7. To register, visit http://groups.winnforum.org/SDR-WInnComm-2013-registration.

    The conference will also feature daily workshops, tutorials, technical presentations, an exposition and a technology showcase. Program updates can be followed on our program page at http://groups.WInnForum.org/SDR-WInnComm-2013 as well as our Twitter (#WInnForum) and Facebook feeds (/WInnForum).

    SDR-WInnComm is offering Forum member organizations that register two or more attendees a booth in the Exposition at no charge. To learn more about this opportunity, visit the Forum’s Sponsorship and Exhibition application page.

    Attracting investors, commercial network operators, radio manufacturers, system integrators, government procurement officials, regulators, engineering service providers and consultants from around the globe, SDR-WInnComm is the only event devoted to the advancement of radio technologies from research through deployment. 

    Platinum Sponsors include General Dynamics C4 Systems, Harris Corporation, Indra Sistemas, Objective Interface Systems, and Selex Elsag. Pentek and General Dynamics C4 Systems are the event’s Gold Sponsors.

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    Dec 04, 2012 Wireless Innovation Forum SCA Groups Announce Two New Projects, Call for Participation

    Washington, DC  -  4 December 2012 – The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org) announced today a call for involvement in two new projects: the SCA Test Lab report, being created by the Forum’s The SCA Test and Certification Work Group, and a State of the Art of Waveform Application Portability report, being create by the Forum’s SCA Implementers Work Group.

    The SCA Test Lab report, led by Randy Navarro of SAIC, is being undertaken for those interested in understanding the finer details of establishing an SCA Test Lab, including understanding its business market posture, its unique customers, and the test processes that are contained in a Test Lab specializing in testing SCA based SDRs in order to evaluate whether they should establish their own SCA test lab or contract their test requirements to a third party. The project will deliver a report that provides through thorough analysis detailed information for establishing an SCA Test Lab by:

    • Establishing verification and validation test procedures for testing SCA requirements
    • Establishing and understanding test protocols as it pertains to testing SDRs
    • Establishing and understanding requirements of a Test Lab
    • Addressing the business case as it pertains to the costs, funding, development, and plausible customers of the Test Lab

    The SCA Test and Certification working group has identified nine unique entities that form the cohesion and organization for SCA testing existing within the Software Defines Radio eco-system, reports Navarro. The SCA Test Lab is one of the nine entities identified that have an impact for many SDR business organizations looking to establish or utilize SCA Test services. This report identifies the characteristics of an SCA Test Lab from a business perspective as well as a Test organization. Any organization developing SDR products, based on the SCA, are impacted by Test and Certification efforts.

    “By streamlining and defining the characteristics of an SCA Test Lab, we envision a limited number of independent SCA Test Labs around the world, to be utilized by SDR business organizations which will allow for a marketplace that is dependable, reliable, and consistent in its test approach towards SDR,” says Navarro. “This will foster and cultivate an environment, whereby, SDR manufacturers no longer sustain a Test Lab, but look for independent Test Organizations to complete their test efforts. From a financial business perspective, this translates to mitigating and controlling costs for testing. Additionally, it provides more transparency between all stakeholders and a constant expectation towards steady costs that are controllable.”

    The group expects to complete this report in the first half of 2013, and will move to develop and refine the other eight entities within the SDR Eco-system. As the report impacts all worldwide businesses developing SDR products, Navarro and the Forum are encouraging involvement by all SDR business organizations to devise, plan, and formulate the report.

    The State of the Art of Waveform Application Portability report, led by Alberto Quintana of Indra, is for Waveform developers, radio platform manufacturers and radio system integrators who need to reduce the cost, effort and time needed to perform the porting of waveforms among different processing architectures (i.e: DSP, FPGA, GPP). The “State of the art review of waveform application portability (2012)” will be a report that will identify the latest developments and trends in the field of waveform portability in SCA based standards and will provide a common understanding of the main challenges involved in application portability using SCA based architectures. Unlike other existing documents which are based on a specific architecture support and offer a limited view of the portability problem without taking into account the overall needs of the waveform development (i.e. architecture-centric approach), This report will provide a consolidated view of the waveform portability problem in SCA based architectures and will set the common ground needed to provide an updated set of recommendations for developing waveforms independently of the underlying architectural framework, resulting in an easily portable source code.

    “With this project the Wireless Innovation Forum is tackling one of the most challenging issues around Software Defined Radio,” says project leader Quintana. “This project is paving the way for the publication of a set of rules and recommendations aiming to improve the portability of waveform applications. However, for this to happen, the first step is to identify where we are, and what has been achieved so far in the different initiatives and projects. Therefore I would like to invite all members that have been involved in waveform design and implementation, or that have tackled at some point with the portability problem, to participate in this project contributing with their own experiences. Rest assured that any other member with particular interest in portability issues is more than welcomed. I hope to see you all in our next meeting.”

    Both groups will be meeting to advance the projects during the Forum’s 74th Technical Interchange Meeting, being held concurrently with SDR-WInnComm 2013 in Washington, DC, 8-11 December 2013. For more information on the event, visit: http://groups.WInnForum.org/SDR-WInnComm-2013.

    Additional information about the Forum’s groups and projects can be found here: http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/Current_Projects.  

     

    Nov 15, 2012 SDR-WInnComm 2013 to Feature Workshops on White Space, LTE, Public Safety

          WASHINGTON, DC, 15 November 2012 – The Wireless Innovation Forum (http://www.WirelessInnovation.org), today announced more information on workshops to be held at its annual Wireless Innovation Forum Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio (SDR - WInnComm). The premier event for the software defined radio, cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access communities, SDR-WInnComm will be held 8-11 January 2013 in Washington, D.C. Each day of this conference will feature keynotes by industry leaders, workshops, tutorials, and technical presentations. The event also touts an exposition, technology showcase and concurrent working meetings of the working and special interest groups of the Forum. This year’s event will also be held in conjunction with the IEEE DySPAN Standards Committee.

    Workshops kick off on Tuesday, 8 November with keynotes by Julius Knapp, Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communications Commission, and Michael Calabrese, Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation, followed by a panel discussing the future of white space with Peter Stanforth, CTO Spectrum Bridge moderating. Panelists include Milind Buddhikot (Alcatel/Lucent), Angelo Cuffaro (Interditigal), and William Webb (Neul).

    Two sessions focus on Receiver Specs to Enable DSA, chaired by Bruce Oberlies (Motorola Solutions). The sessions will explore the need for receiver specifications to help to open opportunities for Dynamic Spectrum Access.   It will examine the pros and cons of receiver specifications from a commercial, regulatory and policy standpoint to enable DSA, and will feature speakers Bruce Mueller (Motorola Solutions), Eric Hagerson (T-Mobile), John Stine (MITRE), Robert Pavlak (FCC OET), and Michael Tseytlin (LightSquared).

    Wednesday’s workshop focuses on “LTE and Beyond,” chaired by Manuel Uhm (Coherent Logix). Speakers and topics include:

    • Stéphane TéralInfonetics, on "LTE-Advanced: What’s the Big Deal and How Does SDR/CR Fit?"
      Abstract: While LTE is enabling a new wave of connectivity, there is yet another standard, LTE-Advanced, that is being designed to support yet a new wave. What can LTE-Advanced do that LTE cannot and how can SDR or CR technology enable those features or ease the transition?
    • Onur AltintasToyota ITC, on “LTE in Connected Car” 
      Abstract: The connected car is a vision that is rapidly becoming reality. LTE, with its available bandwidth, is a key piece to that puzzle. However, the lifespan of a typical car can exceed the deployment rate of an air interface. Furthermore, new services can be made available if the infotainment system of the car is software defined. SDR technology can help to bridge this gap between the vision and the lifespan.
    • Srikathyayani SrikanteswaraIntel on “5G: What’s Next for Wireless Communications?”
      Abstract: With all the attention on LTE and the new services and applications it can enable, it is worth taking a peek into the future to see what’s after LTE and even LTE-Advanced. What does 5G hold in store for us and what is the role of SDR and CR in supporting that vision?
    • Scott LeubnerHarris on "LTE in and Secure Android in the Battlefield"
      Abstract: While the commercial world is rolling out LTE, the defense industry is also investigating ways to leverage LTE and its broad ecosystem. However, one of the major concerns is how to make commercial cellphones running LTE and Android secure enough for military use. How is this being addressed and are there commercial opportunities to leverage this approach to address current commercial security concerns?

    Public safety is the focus on Thursday, 10 November, with sessions on “User Requirements for Public Safety,” featuring a keynote by Terry Hall (APCO) on “Implementing LTE for Public safety.” Speakers this session include Al Sadowski (North Carolina State Highway Patrol), Rob Stafford (PSCR), and Deputy Chief Ed Reyes (Alexandria Police Department).   The next session, “Using LTE for Public Safety,” features a keynote by Jeff Reed (Virginia Tech) and speakers Daniel Devasirvatham (SAIC) on “Restoring LTE Communications following a Disaster,” Charles Shaughnessy (Harris Corporation) and Joe Heaps (National Institute of Justice).

    Attracting delegates, including investors, commercial network operators, radio manufacturers, system integrators, government procurement officials, regulators, engineering service providers and consultants from around the globe, SDR-WInnComm is the only event devoted to the advancement of advanced radio technologies from research through deployment. This year’s program, found at http://groups.WInnForum.org/SDR-WInnComm-2013 will feature 18 sessions of technical papers as well as daily tutorials and workshops.   

    Keynotes this year will include:

    • Linda Doyle, CTVR
    • Kevin McGinnis, National Paramedic Community Communications Expert and Member, FirstNet Authority Board
    • Mark Gorenberg, Hummer Winblad Venture Partner
    • Dr. Joseph Mitola III, Mitola's STATISfaction
    • Richard Reinhart, NASA
    • Dr. Donald H. Steinbrecher, Navy Undersea Warfare Center


    More information about the keynotes is at http://groups.winnforum.org/sdr-winncomm-2013-keynotes.

    To register, visit our registration page http://groups.winnforum.org/sdr-winncomm-2013-registration. Those who register by December 7, 2012 receive an early registration discount.

    Platinum Sponsors include General Dynamics C4 Systems, Harris Corporation, Indra Sistemas, Objective Interface Systems and Selex Elsag. Pentek and General Dynamics C4 Systems are the event’s Gold Sponsors.

    Nov 09, 2012 WInnForum Launches SDR-WInnComm-Europe 2013 Call for Paper and Presentation Proposals

    Aachen, Germany and Washington, DC  -  8 November 2012 – The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org) announced today the Call for Paper and Presentation Proposals for the 2013 Wireless Innovation Forum European Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio, to be held 11-13 June 2013 in Aachen, Germany, as well as the Technical Program Committee committed to driving the excellence of the program.

    Attracting delegates including investors, commercial network operators, radio manufacturers, system integrators, government procurement officials, regulators, engineering service providers and consultants, SDR-WInnComm-Europe  is the only European event devoted to the advancement of wireless radio technologies from research through deployment.

    This fifth annual conference will include four tracks this year – one focused on SDR technologies, one focused on Cognitive Radio and Dynamic Spectrum Access technologies, one focused on CR and SDR programs and requirements and a new track on Tactical Radio. Topics for submission include:

    Tactical Radio Communications - NEW

    • Software Communications Architecture (SCA)
    • Waveforms
    • Ad-hoc Networking
    • Datalink Networking
    • Managing Size, Weight and Power
    • Ground/Air Interoperability

    SDR Topics

    • RF Technologies: Circuits and Devices
    • Baseband Signal Processing Technology and Devices
    • Frameworks and Middleware
    • Software Design
    • Firmware and other IP
    • Advanced Signal processing
    • Waveforms
    • Communication System Design
    • Processing Platforms and Programming Models for SDR
    • Cross-Layer and Converged Processing
    • Security

    CR/DSA Topics

    • Cognitive Engines
    • Policy Ontology and Language
    • Spectrum Sensing and Awareness
    • Spectrum Etiquettes
    • Coexistence
    • Spectrum Sharing and Resource Management
    • White Space
    • Regulatory Considerations and Spectrum Policy
    • Security

     

    Other SDR and CR Programs

    • Commercial (M2M, Database services, White Space)
    • Public Safety
    • Satellite Communications
    • Vehicle Telematics and ITS
    • Medical
    • Emerging Markets
    • Education in SDR and CR

    Topics associated with The Wireless Innovation Forum’s “Top 10 Most Wanted Wireless Innovations” (http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/5000) will be given higher priority in paper selection.

    Click here to view the CFP and submit a proposal.

    Led by program chair Kuan Collins of SAIC, this year’s committee is comprised of the world’s leading experts in Software Defined Radio (SDR), Cognitive Radio (CR) and Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) technologies. Each committee member is committed to ensuring that SDR-WInnComm-Europe is the premier event for bringing next generation radio technologies to life by creating the best quality program with the highest quality presentations. This year’s committee includes:

    Marc Adrat, Fraunhofer FKIE / KOM

    Anwer Al-Dulaimi, Brunel University

    Onur Altintas, Toyota InfoTechnology Center

    Masayuki Ariyoshi, NEC

    Claudio Armani, SELEX Elsag

    Gerd Ascheid, RWTH Aachen University

    Joseph Jacob, Objective Interface Systems, Inc.

    Dr. Christophe Le Matret, Thales 

    Fa-Long Luo, Element CXI

    Dominique Noguet, CEA LETI

    David Renaudeau, Thales

    Isabelle Siaud, Orange Labs, Reseach and Development, Access Networks

    Dr. Bart Scheers, Royal Military Academy, Belgium 

    Sarvpreet Singh, Fraunhofer FKIE

    Olga Zlydareva, University College Dublin

    Platinum Sponsors include General Dynamics C4 Systems, Harris Corporation, Indra Sistemas, OIS and Selex Elsag.

    Additional information can be found at http://Europe.WirelessInnovation.org

     

    Oct 23, 2012 Forum Announces Registration and Program for Technical Conference

    Each day will feature keynotes by industry leaders, as well as workshops, tutorials, and technical presentations

    Oct 18, 2012 - The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), today announced an exceptional program for its annual Wireless Innovation Forum Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio (SDR - WInnComm). The premier event for the advanced radio community, SDR-WInnComm will be held 8-10 January 2013 in Washington, D.C. Each day of this conference will feature keynotes by industry leaders, as well as workshops, tutorials, and technical presentations. The event also touts an exposition, technology showcase and concurrent working meetings of the working and special interest groups of the Forum. This year’s event will also be held in conjunction with the IEEE DySPAN Standards Committee.

    Attracting delegates, including investors, commercial network operators, radio manufacturers, system integrators, government procurement officials, regulators, engineering service providers and consultants from around the globe, SDR-WInnComm is the only event devoted driving the future of radio communications and systems from research through deployment. This year’s program, found at http://groups.WInnForum.org/SDR-WInnComm-2013 will feature 18 sessions of technical papers as well as daily tutorials and workshops, detailed below.    

    Technical papers focus on topics from research and development through design, manufacture and deployment. Extended versions of top papers in the Research and Development track will be eligible for placement in the Springer Journal of Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing (AICSP). A complete listing of the papers, including abstracts, is available from the program site (http://groups.WInnForum.org/SDR-WInnComm-2013). 

    Tutorials include:

    ■  “Tutorial for Fundamental hardware system design for SDR system” Satoru Yokono (Japan Radio Co., Ltd., Japan); Masaya Hanyuda (Japan Radio Co., Ltd, Japan)

    ■ “Game Theory and Cognitive Radio Network Design” James Neel (Cognitive Radio Technologies, LLC, USA)

    ■  “The Heterogeneous Development Flow and the USRP” John Malsbury (Ettus Research, USA)

    ■  “Space Telecommunications Radio System (STRS) Architecture Standard” Louis Handler (NASA Glenn Research Center, USA); Richard Reinhart (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA)

    ■  “DSP-based Carrier Timing Recovery Techniques in Digital Modems” fred harris (SDSU)

    Tutorial abstracts can be found at http://groups.WInnforum.org/2013-tutorials

    A URC/Regulatory Workshop will be held daily on topics including:

    ■ Receiver specifications to enable DSA

    ■ LTE and beyond

    ■ Applications and opportunities for LTE in public safety.

    On Tuesday, the workshop will also feature a panel on the Future of White Space with Peter Stanforth, CTO Spectrum Bridge acting as moderator, and providing keynotes by Julius Knapp, Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communications Commission and Michael Calabrese, Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation. Panelists include:

    ■ Milind Buddhikot, Alcatel/Lucent

    ■ Angelo Cuffaro, Interditigal

    ■ William Webb, Neul

    Keynotes this year will include:

    Linda Doyle, CTVR
    Kevin McGinnis, FirstNET
    Dr. Joseph Mitola III, Mitola's STATisfaction
    Richard Reinhart, NASA 
    Dr. Donald H. Steinbrecher, Navy Undersea Warfare Center

    More information about the keynotes is at http://groups.winnforum.org/sdr-winncomm-2013-keynotes.

    To register, visit our registration page http://groups.winnforum.org/sdr-winncomm-2013-registration. Those who register by December 7, 2012 receive an early registration discount.

    Platinum Sponsors include General Dynamics C4 Systems, Harris Corporation, Indra Sistemas, Objective Interface Systems and Selex Elsag. Pentek and General Dynamics C4 Systems are the event’s Gold Sponsors. 

    Sep 26, 2012 Wireless Innovation Forum Announces Agenda for 73rd Working Meeting

    Melbourne, Florida, and Washington, DC, 26 September 2012 – The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the agenda for its 73rd Working Meeting (http://groups.WInnForum.org/73rd_WM_Agenda) to be held 31 October -2 November 2012.

    Hosted by Harris Corporation (http://www.harris.com), the meeting will include working sessions advancing the Forum's operations plan in support of the commercial, public safety, satellite communications, and international tactical radio communities. Groups meeting include:

    • Cognitive Radio Work Group
    • Communications Systems Modeling Work Group
    • International Security Services API Task Group
    • International Tactical Radio Special Interest Group
    • Modeling Language for Mobility Work Group  
    • Public Safety Special Interest Group 
    • Regulatory 
    • SATCOM Special Interest Group
    • SCA Steering Group
    • SCA API Work Group  
    • SCA Implementers Work Group
    • SCA Next Work Group  
    • SCA Test and Certification Work Group
    • Security Work Group
    • Transceiver Facility Specification Work Group

    A listing of projects being undertaken by the members of the Forum can be found here:  http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/page/Current_Projects.   

    To register for the meeting and the workshop, visit http://groups.winnforum.org/e/in/eid=6. Registration is open to members and non-members. The earlybird meeting registration discount expires Friday, September 28. The Forum has a courtesy hold on a block of rooms at the Hilton at Rialto (http://www.hiltonmelbourne.com).

    Supported by platinum Sponsors General Dynamics C4 Systems, Harris Corporation, Indra Sistemas, Objective Interface Systems, and Selex Elsag, Forum working meetings are held four times annually in North America and Europe. Additional information can be found at http://www.WirelessInnovation.org.

     

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    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.

     

    Editorial Contacts

    Lee Pucker, 604-828-9876, Lee.Pucker@wirelessinnovation.org or

    Stephanie Hamill, 970-290-9543 or Stephanie.Hamill@wirelessinnovation.org

     

     

    Sep 18, 2012 WInnForum Board Votes to Honor Past Award Winners with Honorary Lifetime Membership

    Washington, DC, 18 September 2012The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, is delighted to announce today that its Board of Directors has modified the membership policy to grant Honorary Lifetime Memberships to past Forum award winners.

    The Forum has historically bestowed three awards annually: International Achievement Award, Presidents’ Award and Technology of the Year. Nominations for the International Achievement Award and Technology of the Year are made by the membership beginning in September and awarded during the annual technical conference and exposition SDR-WInnComm (http://Conference.WirelessInnovation.org). The Industry/ International Achievement 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. The Contributor/Presidents Award is presented to individuals in recognition of their sustained outstanding contributions in support of the Wireless Innovation Forum and its activities. Technology of the Year 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.

    Honorary membership includes:  

    • unlimited electronic participation, including group collaboration site access,
    • member discounts on meetings and events, and
    • participation in Forum groups and activities.

    Honorary members cannot hold a leadership position in the Forum or vote in Forum matters.

    Previous award winners who have accepted the honorary membership include:

    • Claude Belisle, CRC (Presidents Award, 2011) (deferred acceptance; currently affiliated with member organization)
    • Terry Anderson, Exelis (Presidents Award, 2010) (deferred acceptance; currently affiliated with member organization)
    • Bruce Fette, DARPA (Presidents Award, 2009)
    • Eric Nicollet, Thales (International Achievement Award, 2009)
    • Dale Hatfield, University of Colorado (Industry Achievement Award, 2008)
    • Stephen Hope, Docobo (Contributor Award, 2007)
    • Preston Marshall, USC (Industry Achievement Award, 2007)
    • David Murotake, SCA Technica (Contributor Award, 2006)
    • fred harris, San Diego State University (Industry Achievement Award, 2006)
    • John Fitton, Harris (Contributor Award, 2005) (deferred acceptance; currently affiliated with member organization)
    • Pete Cook, PG Cook Consultancy (Contributor Award, 2005)
    • Vanu Bose, Vanu (Industry Achievement Award, 2005)
    • Jeff Reed, Virginia Tech (Industry Achievement Award, 2004)
    • Takuzo Fujii, Retired (Contributor Award, 2003)
    • Stephen Blust, AT&T Services (Contributor Award, 2002)
    • Joe Mitola, Mitola's STATISfaction (Industry Achievement Award, 2002)

    More information on the awards can be found at http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/SDR_Achievement_Awards. Members can make nominations anytime before November 2, 2012 here: https://sdf.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_128010. More information on Forum membership and its many benefits can be found here: http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/Member_Benefits.

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    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.

     

    Editorial Contacts

    Lee Pucker, 604-828-9876, Lee.Pucker@wirelessinnovation.org or

    Stephanie Hamill, 970-290-9543 or Stephanie.Hamill@wirelessinnovation.org

     

    Sep 05, 2012 Wireless Innovation Forum Announces Broad Support of the PCAST Recommendations on Spectrum Sharing

    For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                         

    Washington, DC, 4 September 2012 – The Wireless Innovation Forum (http://www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today broad support for the report released on 20 July 2012 by the United States President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) entitled “Realizing the Potential of Government-Held Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth.” 

     

    Jul 20, 2012 Wireless Innovation Forum Members Approve Three New Documents at Brussels Working Meeting

    Washington, DC, 20 July 2012The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the final ballot and member approval of three new documents “SCA Test, Evaluation and Certification Model Realization” (WINNF-10-P-0012-V0.6.0); “TD-LTE in White Space” (WINNF-12-P-0003-V0.6.0); and “Information Process Architecture Volume 2: Survey of IPA-like Systems” (WINNF-09-P-0021-V0.6.0). ...

     

    Jun 28, 2012 Four New Projects Initiated by Wireless Innovation Forum Members

    Washington, DC, 28 June 2012The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the approval of four new projects by Wireless Innovation Forum members. ...

     

    Jun 25, 2012 Communications Systems Modeling Work Group Initiated by Wireless Innovation Forum Members

    Washington, DC, 25 June 2012The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the creation of the new Communications Systems Modeling Work Group (CSM WG). Thise new work group, part of the Forum’s Technical Committee on Software defined Radio (TC-SDR) chaired by Vince Kovarik (Prism Tech), is led by chair Tom Rittenbach (CERDEC S&TCD), vice-chair Vince Kovarik (PrismTech) and vice-chair Kuan Collins (SAIC). ...

     

    Jun 21, 2012 Software Defined Radio Design Challenge Winners Announced

    Washington, DC, 21 June 2012The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced  winners of the 2012 competition, which was held at Virginia Tech on Thursday, May 31, during the annual Wireless @ Virginia Tech Symposium and Wireless Summer School in Blacksburg, VA. ...

    Oct 04, 2011 Wireless Innovation Forum Members Designate their Top 10 Most Wanted Wireless Innovations

    Washington, DC, 4 October 2011 – The Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum version 2.0), a non-profit organization dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the release of the inaugural “Top 10 Most Wanted Wireless Innovations” list. This list represents the collective view of the Forum’s 100+ member organizations on innovations, either technical, business or regulatory, that if realized would address key shortcomings in existing wireless communications systems.  ...

     

    Oct 04, 2011 Workshops Announced to Define the Future of Advanced Wireless Technologies at SDR’11-WInnComm

    Government and Industry Leaders to collaborate on topics that include R&D Agendas, OpenSource, White Space Communications, Spectrum Management, Export Control and Small BusinessInnovative Research

    For Immediate Release

    WASHINGTON, DC, 4 October 2011 – The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org),announced today the workshop lineup for its 2011 Wireless Innovation Forum Conference on CommunicationsTechnologies and Software Defined Radio (SDR'11 - WInnComm). The premier event for the reconfigurableradio community, SDR’11-WInnComm will be held 29 November to 2 December in Washington, D.C. ...

    Sep 27, 2011 Wireless Innovation Forum Members Approve Five Documents Advancing Software Defined Radio ...

    Event Also Yields new International Tactical Radio Special Interest Group Project

    For Immediate Release             

    Montreal, Canada and Washington, DC, 27 September 2011 – The Wireless Innovation Forum (www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the approval of five documents by its membership at the 70th Working Meeting held in Montreal September 12-15. The approved documents include: ...

     


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