Emissions – Vol. 2, No. 1

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Greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston)! Here is your February 2015 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

Interested in an evening SDR technical challenge?  LET US KNOW!

Do you enjoy tinkering with SDR platforms?  Do you enjoy friendly competitions with other SDR enthusiasts?  Have you ever been given a technical challenge involving an SDR to be solved within a short period of time?  The organizers of NEWSDR 2015 are thinking of hosting an SDR technical challenge during the evening of Thursday 21 May 2015 (i.e., the evening before NEWSDR 2015).  If you are interested, please send an email to: sdr-boston-emissions@wpi.edu.

Local News

IEEE VTC 2015 Fall in Boston: Submission Deadlines Quickly Approaching!!

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 via 5-page technical papers or 2-page work-in-progress papers, or give a half-day tutorial at this conference.  The submission deadline is 2 March 2015!  Furthermore, if you would like to help out with the conference, please let us know.

SDR News from Around the World

Spectra Wireless, Microsoft launch Africa’s first commercial ‘white space’ network

US technology giant Microsoft has launched what it claims is Africa’s first commercial broadband network utilising ‘white space’ broadcast frequencies in Ghana, via its 4Afrika initiative. Find out more by clicking here.

Would you sign up for a Google wireless plan over Verizon or AT&T?

Through an agreement with T-Mobile and Sprint, Google is on its way to becoming the newest wireless carrier in the US, according to reports. What does this say about Google’s overall ambitions? Find out more by clicking here.

Big visions for 5G before the FCC

Drones, robots, high-altitude balloons and low-altitude satellites are all envisioned to provide fifth-generation (5G) wireless connections as early as 2020, according to recent FCC filings from 55 companies, including Google, Samsung, Intel and Qualcomm. Find out more by clicking here.

Calls for more unlicensed spectrum to meet future mobile requirements

The increasing use of mobile broadband requires governments and regulators to make available more spectrum to meet user demand, a situation that is only going to become more critical as we head towards a 5G connected society. Not that the amount of spectrum is the only issue – it’s certainly not – but it remains important. As does the type of spectrum and how it’s used. Find out more by clicking here.

Google wants the US’ wireless spectrum for balloon-based internet

Google’s internet-by-air effort, Project Loon, isn’t necessarily limited to countries where data coverage is frequently spotty; it might be headed to the US, too. Find out more by clicking here.


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