Emissions – Vol. 1, No. 10

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Greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston)! Here is your November 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.

Upcoming Events

Leading Wireless Expert to Head Discussion of Advanced Wireless Broadband Standards

Dr. Apurva Mody, a world renowned expert on wireless technology, will present the latest information on advanced wireless broadband standards.  The IEEE 802.22 Wi-FARTM/ Super Wi-Fi standards support cognitive radio-based use of TVWS to enable regional and rural broadband wireless access serving more than 3.5 Billion people. Under Dr. Mody’ s leadership, the IEEE 802.22 WG is the recipient of the IEEE SA Emerging Technology Award. Dr. Apurva will provide a detailed look at the work he is leading in the 802.22 program.  Find out more by clicking here.

Save-the-Date: NEWSDR 2015 – 22 May 2015

Looking forward to the fifth annual New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2015)?  If so, please save the following date: Friday 22 May 2015.  NEWSDR 2015 will be hosted at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  Details to follow as the workshop program evolves.  In the meantime, check out the following workshop website for the latest information: NEWSDR 2015.

Local News

IEEE VTC 2015 Fall in Boston: Submit Papers, Present Tutorials, Volunteer, Attend

The 82nd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (IEEE VTC 2015 Fall) will be hosted in Boston 6-9 September 2015.  This semi-annual flagship conference of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society will bring together individuals from academia, government, and industry to discuss and exchange ideals in the fields of wireless, mobile, and vehicular technology. The conference will feature world-class plenary speakers, tutorials, and technical as well as application sessions.  Consider presenting your latest research findings or give a half-day tutorial at this conference (tentative submission deadline = 1 February 2015).  Furthermore, if you would like to help out with the conference, please let us know.

SDR News from Around the World

Wireless Innovation Forum Welcomes New Board Members, Announces Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Report

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 2014 Annual Meeting on 6 November, in Rome, Italy. Also during the meeting, members also approved the Forum’s Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Annual Report, prepared by its Spectrum Innovation Committee. Find out more by clicking here.

Heavier test model spurs Army to shed weight requirement in radio solicitation

The Army wants to buy as many as 60,000 tactical manpack radios, but the service altered course after low-rate production orders resulted in 17-pound test radios – twice as heavy as those currently in use. Find out more by clicking here.

FCC allows 70 companies – including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Dish – to bid in AWS-3 auction

A total of 70 companies have qualified to bid in the FCC’s upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction, which starts Nov. 13 and will be the country’s largest spectrum auction since 2008. Find out more by clicking here.

Blackhat Trainings: Software Defined Radio

An introduction to digital signal processing, software radio, and the powerful tools that enable the growing array of SDR projects within the hacker community, this course takes a unique “”software radio for hackers”” approach, building on the participants’ knowledge of computer programming and introducing them to the forefront of digital radio technology. Participants will learn how to transmit, receive, and analyze radio signals and will be prepared to use this knowledge in the research of wireless communication security. Each student will receive a HackRF One software defined radio transceiver, a $300 value. Find out more by clicking here.

Wireless Analyst Jeff Kagan: Real Problem is Wireless Spectrum Shortage

The FTC is suing AT&T for throttling data speeds on its wireless network similar Verizon from months ago, says Bloomberg News, Oct 28. However the FTC does not understand the real industry problem.   Industry analyst Jeff Kagan offers comment and looks at the bigger industry problem that needs to be solved. The shortage of wireless data spectrum that our smartphones use for apps and other features. Find out more by clicking here.

FCC Postpones Auction Of Broadcast TV Spectrum To 2016

Television station owners have more time than some probably ever imagined to decide whether to let wireless broadband providers buy airwave spectrum that they use to transmit programming. The FCC has been working on a voluntary auction for years with plans to have it take place in mid-2015. But today the agency says it will postpone the sale to early 2016 as it grapples with a lawsuit from the National Association of Broadcasters that says the plan will hurt stations that choose to keep the spectrum that they license. Find out more by clicking here.

Startup founder’s plan for faster wireless data speeds

The IEEE chapter at Stevens hosted a lecture from Dr. Mihai Banu, CTO and founder of startup Blue Danube Systems, on Wednesday, October 22 in the Burchard 118 lecture hall. The focus of the talk was the inefficiencies of current mobile wireless network infrastructure, and Blue Danube Systems’ plan to increase their capacity of mobile wireless networks. Find out more by clicking here.

FCC begins research into 24GHz for gigabit ultra-dense 5G mobile networks

Last week, the FCC published a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) to investigate the possibility of using frequencies above 24GHz for cellular wireless systems — specifically, for next-gen mobile data standards such as 5G. Given how we’ve essentially run out of spectrum in the cellular sweet spot, and how Europe and Asia have already started on their own 5G inquiries, it’s high time for the FCC to dig into the possibility of super-fast cellular networks in the Super High and Extremely High Frequency bands that are as capable as standard wireline (DSL and cable) broadband. Find out more by clicking here.

Google Inc (GOOGL) To Test New WiFi Service That Is Faster Than Fiber

Google Inc is making significant strides with its Fiber network. But stringing fiber on poles or laying it below the ground may be difficult in some areas. The Internet giant is committed to bringing ultrafast, gigabit-per-second Internet to homes. According to Google’s recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the company is gearing up to test a new technology. Experts who reviewed the company’s filings said it could become a good replacement for fiber. Find out more by clicking here.


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