Emissions – Vol. 2, No. 4

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

Short Technical Papers Sought for VTC 2015-Fall!

The 82nd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (IEEE VTC 2015 Fall) is seeking 2-page work-in-progress paper submissions in the areas of wireless, mobile, and vehicular technology. If you have some exciting new results that you would like to share with the rest of the community, please consider submitting a  2-page paper by June 5th via the following link.

Local News

NEWSDR 2015 a Success!

The objective of the Fifth New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2015) was to bring together individuals interested in SDR implementations and applications from across New England to a single venue in order to share ideas and brainstorm together, to network with each other and seek out collaborative opportunities, and to foster an SDR community within our geographical area.  Based on the event turn-out (over 75 attendees) and feedback we have received, NEWSDR 2015 was definitely a success!  This was all made possible via contributions from the New England SDR community, as well as the generous support provided by our sponsors: MathWorks, National Instruments, Ettus Research LLC, and MediaTek.  For details of NEWSDR 2015, including the workshop programme and photos from the event, please visit the following link.

SDR News from Around the World

Epiq Solutions Announces the Matchstiq(TM) S10 Handheld Software Defined Radio

Epiq Solutions, an engineering firm specializing in the development of flexible wireless communications systems, has announced the Matchstiq™S10, their next generation small form factor software defined radio (SDR) platform.  Building on the success of the award-winning Matchstiq™S1 and Z1 platforms, MatchstiqTM S10 provides increased RF flexibility, RF performance, and signal processing capacity, in a smaller and lighter package. Find out more by clicking here.

How lack of wireless spectrum delayed implementation of Amtrak’s PTC system

The rail operator spent years chasing a single narrow frequency for its safety system—but an alternative was there all along. Find out more by clicking here.

Want cheaper wireless service? Patience is a virtue

CNET’s Marguerite Reardon explains how three key phenomena could reshape the wireless industry in the next few years and pave the way for more-affordable mobile services. Find out more by clicking here.

Federated Wireless Announces Upcoming Pilot Program for the Commercialization of 3.5GHz Spectrum

Federated Wireless, Inc., a subsidiary of Boston-based Allied Minds (ALM), today announced plans for a pilot program with several U.S. government agencies that aims to standardize and certify the dynamic sharing of 3.5GHz spectrum. Find out more by clicking here.

Ofcom sees TV whitespace as model for the future

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is focused on spectrum sharing to address the shortage of available spectrum, but its primary goal is to prove that dynamic access works and use it as a model for the future in other bands. Find out more by clicking here.

Google, Dominant in Search, Tries Disruptor Role in Wireless and Broadband

Call it the Google paradox. Last month, the European Union’s antitrust chief accused Google of abusing its dominant market power in web searches. A week later, Google announced it was entering the wireless service market in the United States, threatening to disrupt one of America’s most concentrated industries. Meantime, it is expanding its superhigh-speed broadband Internet service to as many as 34 cities, taking on another market so concentrated that the government recently derailed the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. So is Google an evil monopolist or a competitive champion? Find out more by clicking here.


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