Emissions – Vol. 2, No. 11

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Greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston)! Here is your February 2016 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

Plenary Speakers, Latest Sponsors for  NEWSDR 2016!

This year’s New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2016) will be hosted at Northeastern University on Friday 3 June 2016!  We are very excited to have Mr. Richard C. Reinhart (NASA Glenn Research Center) and Prof. Tommaso Melodia (Northeastern University) as plenary speakers for this event!  Many thanks to our latest sponsors, Mathworks and National Instruments/Ettus Research, for their generous support of this event! 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.

Attendee, Poster Registration Now Available for NEWSDR 2016

Interested in attending NEWSDR 2016? Register now via the following Google Form.  If you would like to give a 3-minute elevator pitch and a poster presentation at NEWSDR 2016, please complete the following Google Form.  Don’t Delay!!

Local News & Announcements

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

Beware the Spectrum ‘Extravaganza’

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that our use of wireless devices is growing exponentially. From your cellphone to your Internet router to your car key fob, the wireless age is upon us. From 2010 to 2014, for example, mobile data usage grew by 1,000 percent, and as usage continues to grow wireless infrastructure will have to grow along with it to meet demand. Critical to the continued growth and innovation of wireless technology is spectrum – the radio frequencies through which wireless services connect millions of users and devices across America. What most people may not realize, however, is that these frequencies are only available for commercial use in a limited quantity regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. Find out more by clicking here.

Mousejack Attacks Abuse Vulnerable Wireless Keyboard, Mouse Dongles

Wireless keyboards and mice are the latest peripherals to put enterprise networks and user data at risk. Researchers at Bastille Networks today said that non-Bluetooth devices from seven manufacturers including Logitech, Dell and Lenovo are vulnerable to so-called Mousejack attacks that would allow a hacker within 100 meters to abuse this attack vector and install malware or use that machine as pivot point onto the network. Find out more by clicking here.

5G wireless standards years away but 5G testing moves ahead

The competition is on for 5G wireless dominance at Mobile World Congress as carriers beef up their fiber networks a la Verizon’s XO deal, and AT&T rolls out landline texting. Find out more by clicking here.

SoDeRa: First app-enabled open-source software-defined base stations

The SoDeRa is a low-cost software defined radio which through apps can be programmed to support any type of wireless standard, e.g. UMTS, LTE, LoRa, Bluetooth, Zigbee, RFID, Digital Broadcasting, etc. Telecom operators will be able to move between different generations of mobile technology by upgrading software apps without any complexity.  Find out more by clicking here.

What Does Comcast Want With Wireless Spectrum?

One company could be participating as both a buyer and a seller in the FCC’s upcoming incentive auction. During Comcast’s fourth-quarter earnings call earlier this month, CFO Mike Cavanaugh told analysts, “We will be filing to participate in the upcoming forward spectrum auction.” Find out more by clicking here.

AMSAT Seeks Volunteers to Support Phase 4 “Five and Dime” Ground Terminal Effort

Established less than 1 year ago, AMSAT’s all-volunteer Phase 4 Ground Terminal team has made significant strides in developing an ensemble of solutions to support the so-called “Five and Dime” (5 GHz and 10 GHz) strategy AMSAT has embraced for microwave satellite projects. Prompting the effort is the planned launch of a geosynchronous military satellite in the 2018 timeframe, which could play host to an Amateur Radio payload operating on the two microwave band. The overarching project, which also includes a complementary Phase 4 Space team, is exploring new territory and innovative solutions, and it’s seeking volunteers from among the technically savvy within the Amateur Radio community. Find out more by clicking here.



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