Wireless Innovation Forum Announces Extension for Call for Presentation and Demonstration Proposals for WInnComm Europe 2017

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Annual conference to feature four tracks: SDR Standards and the SCA, Waveform Standards and Interoperability, Spectrum Sharing for DSA and Defense Communications, and Electronic Warfare

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The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced an extension of its call for presentation proposals for its 2017 European Conference on Wireless Technologies and Software Defined Radio (WInnComm Europe 2017).

Previously held each fall, the 2017 conference has been moved to this spring to be held in conjunction with ICMCIS (http://www.oulu.fi/icmcis2017/) at the University of Oulu, Finland, 17-18 May 2017. This ninth annual event will be centered around four main topic areas: SDR Standards and the SCA, Waveform Standards and Interoperability, Spectrum Sharing for DSA and Defense Communications, and Electronic Warfare.

SDR Standards and the SCA
SDR is still an emerging innovative radio technology in the military tactical domain. The standardization of the various aspects of the SDRs’ software architecture allows increasing the worldwide adoption of this new technology while at the same time preserving the national sovereignty in making decisions on the secure hardware design. The Software Communications Architecture (SCA) as well as its complementing Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are the most prominent examples in this respect. In the past decade, the SCA has already been adopted globally in all leading SDR development programs. Nevertheless, the SCA is still evolving to make the SDR technology even more powerful, efficient and attractive for e.g. smaller SDR form factors. The compliance criteria for the latest SCA Version 4.1 are currently assessed in a WInnForum project.

Waveform Standards and Interoperability
Achieving communication interoperability between different national radios is the ultimate goal in a coalition operation. Thanks to the SDR technology the entire waveform’s baseband signal processing can nowadays be realized in software in terms of a Waveform Application (WFA). In consequence, standardizing Waveforms allows approaching the ultimate goal of coalition interoperability by the concept of “interoperability through portability” of waveforms. Narrowband and wideband networking waveforms for future coalition use are currently assessed in various international fora.

Spectrum Sharing for DSA and Defense Communications
There is consensus that wireless technologies are key for economic growth worldwide. The explosion of wireless devices and the dawning of the IoT era has placed such a heavy demand for access to spectrum. Governments and Industry are facing challenges how to meet such rapidly growing demand for a finite spectrum resource. Evolutions of C4ISR require additional spectrum resources while the organization of multi-national and joint operations require more agility in spectrum management by forces.

Electronic Warfare
It is important to remember the essential nature of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) for military and for security operations. Superiority cannot be gained without control of the EMS while adversaries are attacking it. Given recent events and advancements with sophisticated jamming technologies, the US Defense Department is considering recognizing the spectrum as a sixth domain of operations in addition to land, air, sea, space and cyberspace. More and more convergence is required between electronic warfare and tactical communications, including with interoperable jamming and communications systems operations to gain effectiveness and ensure protection of forces on the field.

Proposals for each track must consist of an abstract, the author information, the topic area, and sufficient information to validate the quality and technical depth of the proposal. Presentations will be 25 minutes in duration, including questions. Papers are optional and not required. Proposals for presentations from national research and development programs across Europe are especially welcome. Email abstract no longer than 500 words to papers-europe(at)WirelessInnovation(dot)org by 8 February 2017. Include names of authors and affiliations with country. Demonstration proposals are welcome as well and are due 1 March 2017.

Conferences are supported by platinum sponsors Google, Leonardo, Motorola Solutions, and Thales. Visit http://Europe.WirelessInnovation.org to learn more.

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