Emissions – Vol. 2, No. 9

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

Save-the-Date!  NEWSDR 2016!

Hear ye! Hear ye! Now announcing the sixth annual installment of the New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2016), which will be hosted at Northeastern University on Friday 3 June 2016!  Check out the NEWSDR 2016 website for the latest details and information by clicking here.  If your organization is interested in sponsoring NEWSDR 2016, send us an email at sdr-boston-inquiry@wpi.edu.

Local News & Announcements

Vanteon Announces Next Generation Software Defined Radio

Vanteon launched its next generation Software Defined Radio (SDR) development platform, called vPrisum, which will be available to clients in early 2016.  vPrisum is a SDR platform which enables clients working with Vanteon to develop custom RF solutions more rapidly and at a lower development cost compared to designing from scratch.  vPrisum combines Vanteon intellectual property (IP) including software libraries, waveform code and interfaces with an all-new hardware development environment, using state-of-the-art SDR electronics. Find out more by clicking here.

Seeking RF Communications Engineer

VIStology, Inc., a small company based in Framingham, Mass, has an opening for a RF Communications Engineer.  Check out the job posting by clicking here.

Interested in Posting an Announcement in Emissions?

Have something to share with the New England SDR community?  Hosting an upcoming SDR-related event or seminar somewhere in the region that is open to the public?  If so, let us know!  The SDR-Boston Emissions e-newsletter is sent out on a monthly basis, and it is a great way of informing the New England SDR community about the latest news, events, and activities focusing on SDR technology and applications. Best of all, it is free to post!  Email us at sdr-boston-emissions@wpi.edu with respect to including an announcement in an upcoming Emissions.

SDR News from Around the World

Senate bill to protect customers’ online reviews heads to markup

The Senate Commerce Committee is moving swiftly to consider two tech-related bills sponsored by Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.).  The mobile broadband bill is designed to coax federal agencies into giving up some of their wireless spectrum, the valuable frequencies that carry signals to and from mobile device. Supporters of the strategy say that the agencies have rights to frequencies that could be better utilized by the private sector as wireless carriers struggle to meet the soaring demand for mobile data consumed by smartphones. Find out more by clicking here.


Smartwatch detects objects touched by wearer

A prototype smartwatch developed by scientists at Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University can identify objects that the wearer is touching. Find out more by clicking here.

Federated Wireless Awarded Contract from Leidos to Participate in Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications (SSPARC) Research Program

Federated Wireless, Inc., which develops technologies to extend the utilization of spectrum resources and carrier networks, announced that it was awarded a subcontract from Leidos to participate in the Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications (SSPARC) Phase II research program. Find out more by clicking here.


A Spectrum Needle in the Budget Haystack

Last week’s freshly minted two-year budget deal on Capitol Hill offers plenty for talking heads to debate, praise and decry. But buried within its 144 pages is a mild-mannered wireless provision that has gone largely unnoticed in the initial media blitz. The provision aims squarely at the alarming and growing gap between Americans’ rapidly rising mobile broadband usage and the absence of a long- or even mid-term plan for the nation to continue expanding wireless spectrum capacity to keep pace. Find out more by clicking here.


The Senate wants to make way more spectrum available

Senate lawmakers are looking for ways to put even more of the government’s wireless spectrum — the invisible airwaves that carry mobile voice and data over the air — into the hands of the private sector. Under the draft text of a bill now being informally considered by the Senate Commerce Committee, the government could be instructed to find and relinquish an additional 20 megahertz of publicly owned spectrum beyond the 30 MHz President Obama agreed to when he signed a two-year budget deal on Monday. Agencies would be required to auction off the total 50 MHz by 2024. Find out more by clicking here.

DOD official: Don’t recklessly give away spectrum

Feds need to get ready for even more urgent commercial demands for precious wireless spectrum, according to a top Pentagon IT official. The conventional wisdom that has driven past auctions and reallocations of federally owned spectrum for commercial uses won’t hold up under the limited supply of the resource and exploding demand from both federal and commercial users, said Maj. Gen. Robert Wheeler, deputy CIO for command, control, communications, computers and information infrastructure capabilities at the Defense Department. Find out more by clicking here.



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