Emissions – Vol. 1, No. 11

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

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 = 2 March 2015).  Furthermore, if you would like to help out with the conference, please let us know.

SDR News from Around the World

Airbus, SSTL to build ‘Eutelsat Quantum’ Software Defined Satellite

With support from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the United Kingdom Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) are building a software-defined satellite for Eutelsat Communications. Dubbed “Eutelsat Quantum,” the satellite will be capable of complete electronic synthesis of “receive” and “transmit” coverage in Ku band, including on-board jamming detection and mitigation. Find out more by clicking here.

CTIA’s Baker: Getting more spectrum for mobile in years ahead is ‘not going to be as easy’

CTIA President Meredith Attwell Baker thinks that the FCC’s AWS-3 and 600 MHz incentive spectrum auctions will provide a springboard for wireless growth, but that getting more spectrum for mobile broadband beyond the auctions is going to be difficult. Find out more by clicking here.

FCC’s AWS-3 Auction Tops $38 Billion

The FCC’s AWS-3 wireless spectrum auction took a break for the Thanksgiving holiday after racking up an impressive bid total. After its last round (the 37th) on Wednesday (Nov. 26), the auction had generated $38,196,517,300 in provisional bids, including 127 new bids totaling 4367,512,600.  The reserve for the auction was $10.587 billion. Find out more by clicking here.

Analyst Angle: Will cognitive radio, dynamic spectrum access come of age in 5G?

Around 10 years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Next Generation Communications program constructed a prototype cognitive radio system, which utilized dynamic spectrum access for its communications. By identifying unused sections of spectrum in the area in which it was operating, it was hoped that up to 10 times more spectrum would be available for transmissions.  However, currently vendors and operators have still struggled to find an application that suits the availability of white spaces, as well as handling the lack of guaranteed spectrum. Find out more by clicking here.

Floody hell! Brits cram Internet of Things into tight White Spaces

Geeks in Oxford, England, have squeezed 13Mbps down and 3Mbps up a single channel of White Space – unused TV frequencies in their area – and used the tech to connect up river flood sensors.  The radio network – set up by bods at UK domain registry Nominet – is one a series of trials across Blighty using the gaps in telly spectrum to relay data: in this case, Nominet teamed up with LoveHz to test water-level sensors set up along the River Thames. Find out more by clicking here.

Free ‘Super WiFi’ from TV White Space Proposed in New Study

A form of wireless internet dubbed “Super WiFi” that extends existing telecommunications networks through old television frequencies at no cost has been proposed in a new study. Scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany found that TV frequencies no longer in use could be used to transmit WiFi signals and made available to the public at zero cost. Find out more by clicking here.


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