Emissions – Vol. 1, No. 5

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Greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston)! Here is your June 2014 edition of the Emissions monthly e-newsletter, which summarizes some the latest developments in software-defined radio technology from the New England area and around the world. If you have something to share with the rest of the SDR-Boston community, please drop us an email via sdr-boston-emissions@wpi.edu.

Local News

Final Line-Up of Panelists for NEWSDR 2014 Industry Panel Session

With the fourth instalment of the New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2014) is taking place in four days, we have a superb line-up of panelists for the afternoon industry panel Session.  Mr. Robin Getz (Analog Devices), Mr. Erik Luther (National Instruments), Dr. Don Orofino (MathWorks), and Dr. Lin Yuan (MediaTek) will be discussing their perspectives about the future of SDR technology, as well as answer questions from the audience.  Don’t miss out!   The latest details and schedule for NEWSDR 2014 are available by clicking here, and online registration can be performed using the following link.

Invited Talk Update for NEWSDR 2014

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is with deep regret to inform everyone that Mr Marcus Leech is unable to present his invited talk “10 Years of Weird Science and Gnu Radio” at NEWSDR 2014.  In his place, we are happy to announce that Dr. Tom Rondeau will be giving an invited talk, entitled: “The GNU Radio Ecosystem”.  Please check out the updated workshop schedule/details by clicking here.

Submission Deadline Extended for Cognitive Radio Security Workshop

The paper submission deadline for the First International Workshop on Cognitive Radio and Electromagnetic Spectrum Security (CRESS 2014), held in conjunction with the 2014 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (IEEE CNS 2014), has been extended to 7 June 2014. For workshop information and submission details, please click here.

Upcoming Events

NEWSDR 2014 This Friday!

It’s not too late to register for NEWSDR 2014!  The latest details and schedule for this workshop are available by clicking here, and online registration can be performed using the following link.  Companies such as the MathWorks, National Instruments, Ettus Research LLC, Analog Devices, MediaTek, and Range Networks will all be present at this event, as well as many other folks from the SDR community in New England.  Don’t delay and register now!

SDR News from Around the World

Space Hackers Prepare to Reboot 35-Year-Old Spacecraft

A team of volunteers will use the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico to see if they can make contact with a spacecraft that hasn’t fired its thrusters since 1987. If all goes well, the effort could bring the 35-year-old spacecraft, the International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3), back into position near the Earth, where it could once again study the effect of solar weather on Earth’s magnetosphere.  Find out more by clicking here.

How the Air Force Could Finally Give You a Decent Wi-Fi Connection

The Air Force is eying a new kind of wireless network. Hoping to improve the way its planes communicate in hostile environments, the aerial branch of the U.S. Armed Forces is sharing $2.7 million with computer science researchers at the University at Buffalo who will spend the next four years developing software that can make wireless radios significantly smarter and more efficient. It’s called cognitive radio, and though the concept has been around for awhile, there are some signs that it’s getting ready for prime time, and it could be used to boost wireless networks well beyond the Air Force.  Find out more by clicking here.

Google reveals plans to get telcos to lease internet-beaming balloons

In theory, everyone agreed that Project Loon was a terrific idea and that Google seemed to have done something seemingly impossible with a simple solution. However, outside of the initial pilot project in New Zealand, Loon had obvious problems getting off the ground, literally speaking.  Find out more by clicking here.

Enhancing Mobile Broadband Spectrum in Rural America

In the upcoming incentive auction for wireless spectrum, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks to advance widespread deployment of mobile broadband in rural America with the infusion of additional 600 MHz “low” band spectrum into the wireless market. Find out more by clicking here.

Microsoft and its partners announce new affordable access projects on four continents

At the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit in Accra, Microsoft Corp. announced new TV white space partnerships and projects on four continents, including its newest partnership with SpectraLink Wireless and Facebook to provide low-cost wireless connectivity to students and faculty at universities in Koforidua, Ghana. Globally, Microsoft is now involved in white spaces pilots in 10 countries. Find out more by clicking here.


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