Wireless Innovation Forum Committees and Projects

    Committee on Spectrum Innovation

    The role of the Committee on Spectrum Innovation is to advocate for the innovative utilization of spectrum, and advancing radio technologies that support essential or critical communications:

    • Works with wireless end users and their representatives, including network operators, government acquisition authorities and research sponsors to validate concepts and requirements against technology readiness, to document domain specific requirements, use cases and business models.
    • Supports member organizations in identifying new opportunities for next generation products and services in each defined market domain.
    • Works with the regulatory and public policy community to establish a global regulatory framework promoting the adoption of emerging technologies for advanced wireless systems.
    • Provides a venue for the exchange of information on emerging radio technologies important in wireless networking and produces reports, specifications and recommendations supporting the development and deployment of advanced wireless system and next generation radio devices

    Management and oversight of this committee is provided by a Steering Group working in collaboration with a Regulatory Advisory Committee. The Steering Group is comprised of the Forum’s Officers, and is responsible for drafting the Forum’s “Top 10 Most Wanted Wireless Innovations” list and setting the Forum’s “Advocacy Agenda” based on member input. These documents will be distributed to the members of the Forum for ballot following the Forum’s standard process.





    Context Aware Cognitive Radio

    Chair: James Neel (Cognitive Radio Technologies )

    This project is being developed for researchers and developers of complex information systems with intelligent automated behaviour who need to incorporate diverse and varying information sources into their automated decision processes, represent the current state of their systems, consider how to expand and enhance them from a process perspective, and analyze opportunities to interact with other systems with similar, but independently developed and evolved characteristics. The project will provide structural models, tools, and processes for analyzing, designing, and deploying contextually aware complex systems that will aid in defining, designing and selecting Cognitive Radio processes relevant and useful to Information System stakeholders and facilitate an improved understanding of the structure, meaning, and relationships between Information Systems that span operational domains to enable or improve communications across their systems.

    Project Start: June 2013
    Expected Completion: September 2014



    Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Annual Report

    Project Chair: Open

    This report is being created 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 report will act as a reference guide to clearly identify and synthesize a harmonized view of the results of spectrum sharing research and trials, identify what is in development, and articulate what issues are being addressed and what issues still need to be resolved.  

    Project Start: February 2014
    Expected Completion: October 2014

    Elements of Context for Cognitive Radio Based Public Safety Communications Systems 

    Project Chair: Daniel Devasivatham (Idaho National Labs)

    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 reseaources. The report will build on the Forum's ongoing work in Context Aware Cognitive radio and the existing body of knowledge from the Forum's Public Safety Special Interest Group to:

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

    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 elemnts of context needed for effective public safety communications resource management. 

    Project Start: March 2014
    Expected Completion: December 2014

    Integrated Communications Systems Model (ICS)

    Project Chair: Tom Rittenbach (CERDEC S&TCD)
    Vice-chair: Vince Kovarik (PrismTech)

    This model is being created for developers of SDR communications systems across multiple market and government segments who require the development of integrated systems models that encompass both hardware and software architectures within a single integrated design paradigm. The project will produce a reference architecture and design model describing SDR-based communications systems which, unlike predominantly software-focused design and implementations, will provide an integrated systems model for communications systems that can be used as a foundation for software-based communications systems across a variety of domains, hardware types and applications. This model will be developed using a SysML/UML tool to represent and capture the architecture aspects of the communications system model. 

    Project Start: March 2012
    Expected Completion: December 2014


    Modeling Languge for Mobility (MLM)

    Chair: Mitch Kokar (Vistology)
    Vice Chair: Vince Kovarik (PrismTech)

    This specification is being developed developers of next generation communication systems who want to develop flexible and efficient communication protocols between advanced radio systems to support next generation features of vertical and horizontal mobility, spectrum awareness and dynamic spectrum adaption, waveform optimization capabilities, feature exchanges, and advanced applications. The Report will include use cases, corresponding signalling plan, requirements and technical analysis of the information exchanges that enable these next generation features.It is intended to lead to specifications/standards for languages and data exchange structures to support these capabilities, with the ontology and the MLM language developed in this project providing opportunities for development of interoperable radios by independent vendors by providing a common language for knowledge and information exchange between multiple radios. This project is also being coordinated with the IEEE P1900.5 project with several of the MLM members participating in that P1900.5 working group and providing contributions to that effort.

    IEEE P1900.5 Project Site

    Open Standard Spectrum Resource Format (SSRF)

    Chair: Jesse Caulfield (Key Bridge Global)

    This project is being developed for commercial, government and military wireless service and spectrum administrators, frequency coordinators, device and application developers and end users world wide who require or may otherwise benefit from a standardized strategy and toolkit to describe, store and exchange wireless service information. The project will produce and open, cross-domain standard specification and open-source reference implementation based on the SSRF.  

    SSRF is a government specification published by the Military Communications Electronics Board and is issued under the authority of DOD Directive 5100.35. 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.

    The current reference implenentation is available in the project links. Contributions to this project are accepted at the GitHub Developers Portal also listed in the project links.

    Project Start: March 2014
    Expected Completion: February 2015

    Receiver Performance Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria

    Chair: Bruce Mueller (Motorola Solutions)

    This report is being developed for egulators, designers, manufacturers and users of wireless communications systems 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. The report  will produce a set of actionable guidelines to design and evaluate the performance of receivers that will coexist in shared & adjacent spectrum bands. that can be used as a foundation for future radio systems.

    Project Start: February 2013
    Expected Completion: March 2015

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