Emissions – Vol. 2, No. 7

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

Last Call for VTC 2015-Fall!

The 82nd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (IEEE VTC 2015 Fall), the premier conference on wireless, mobile, and vehicular technology, is coming to Boston during 6-9 September 2015!  Information about the plenary speakers have been posted online, as well as descriptions about the superb line-up of industry sessions throughout the event.  Want to be part of this exciting event?  Register now via the following link!

SDR News from Around the World

Cobham Launches Ultra Flexible, Software-Defined Transmitter at IBC 2015

Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance, the RF specialist company, will redefine wireless communication with the launch of the SOLO8 SDR, an ultra-small camera-back transmitter that for the first time takes the description “software-defined” into the RF world. Find out more by clicking here.

LightSquared submits GPS interference testing plan to the FCC

LightSquared submitted to the FCC its testing plans designed to determine where interference may occur between LightSquared’s L-band spectrum and GPS receivers and how it can be resolved. A GPS industry group has indicated it does not consider the tests legitimate and is going to work with the U.S. Department of Transportation on separate tests. Find out more by clicking here.

Wireless group wants more mock auctions before spectrum sale

A wireless group is asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to give bidders in an upcoming high-profile auction of wireless airwaves more chances to try out the software that will be used during the sale. Find out more by clicking here.

Samsung Looks to Join the Satellite Internet Space Race

Samsung is the latest company eyeing satellites as the best way to expand the reach of the internet to the billions of people without access. In a paper published this week, Farooq Khan, head of Samsung Research America, outlines an idea for using thousands of small low earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide high-speed internet all over the planet. Find out more by clicking here. Hacking A Phone’s GPS May Have Just Got Easier

One of the drawbacks of our increasingly connected world is the proliferation of new wireless connections to hack. More worrying is when hackers finding cheaper and more accessible ways to exploit those vulnerabilities. For some time it’s been possible to spoof the location of a smartphone or any other device that is connected to a global position system (GPS), but to do so required a sophisticated and often expensive GPS emulator that can cost thousands of dollars. Now a team of researchers at Chinese Internet security firm Qihoo 360 claim they’ve found a way to make a GPS emulator that can falsify the GPS location of smartphones and in-car navigation systems, more cheaply. Find out more by clicking here.

Remote monitoring spectrum just got crowded

Despite concerns from healthcare officials, federal regulators have opened up the wireless frequency used by remote monitoring equipment in hospitals – such as cardiac and fetal monitors – to a wide range of new devices, while also expanding the buffer zone around those hospitals to prevent interference. Find out more by clicking here.


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