Emissions – Vol. 2, No. 3

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

NEWSDR 2015 Poster Abstract Submission Extended to May 15th!

Do you have something interesting to share with the rest of the SDR community in New England?  Do you have a unique way of using SDR technology or a unique application involving SDR? If so, please do not delay and submit a poster abstract for presentation at NEWSDR 2015!  Poster abstract submissions to NEWSDR 2015 are now being solicited, and are due by 15 May 2015.  Submissions can be made by clicking here.

Register Now for NEWSDR 2015!

Interested in checking out the latest and greatest in SDR technology and its applications?  Want to know more about what is happening across the SDR community in New England?  Want to see what companies such as the MathWorks, National Instruments, Ettus Research, and MediaTek are up to regarding their latest products? If so, register now for NEWSDR 2015, which will be held on 22 May 2015 at WPI!  Details of this workshop are available by clicking here.  Register online now using the following link.

SDR News from Around the World

Pwnie Express demos cellular threat detector

At the RSA Conference in San Francisco today, the network penetration testing and monitoring tool company Pwnie Express will demonstrate its newest creation: a sensor that detects rogue cellular network transceivers, including “Stingray” devices and other hardware used by law enforcement to surreptitiously monitor and track cell phones and users. Find out more by clicking here.

Seattle tests Wi-Fi via ‘TV white space’

Seattle Center — the 74 acre urban campus that was home to Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair — is using “TV white space” to offer fast and free Wi-Fi to the public. Find out more by clicking here.

The FCC Should Fight for Our Right to TV White Space

“White spaces,” or unused radio frequencies in between TV channels, have long been eyed by technologists as perfect for connecting a sea of countless devices to the internet—everything from heart monitors to your car. A little-known government database is supposed to help prevent America’s newest “white spaces,” or “super Wi-Fi,” wireless devices from interfering with other electronics.  But that database has been invaded by a group of sketchy characters going by the names John Q Public, Sue Q Public, NoneNone and John Doe. Some of them hail from 123 Jump Street. On May 1, the Federal Communications Commission is giving the public a chance to comment on how best to deal with these suspicious characters. What the FCC does about it could affect the evolution of the emerging Internet of Things. Find out more by clicking here.

Feds OK plan to free up airwaves for smartphones

The Federal Communications Commission has inched closer to a new policy that will allow the federal government to share wireless spectrum with various companies. The result: more room on the airwaves for our cat videos. Find out more by clicking here.

Army Faces Decisions About Airborne Radio

The US Army is studying two methods to improve communications between its helicopter fleet and soldiers on the ground. Find out more by clicking here.


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