Workshop on Wireless Use of Radio Spectrum Set

Gathering will join experts from private industry and academia to help create and implement a plan for the Department of Commerce regarding spectrum-sharing technologies
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The U.S. government has scheduled a stakeholder’s workshop on the management and use of radio spectrum by wireless devices for Jan. 17-18, 2012 in Berkeley, Calif.

On Dec. 29, 2011, the National Science Foundation’s National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development posted a Federal Register notice, “National Spectrum Sharing Research Experimentation, Validation, Verification, Demonstration and Trials: Technical Workshop II on Coordinating Federal Government/Private Sector Spectrum Innovation Testing Needs.”

The workshop is “to bring together experts from private industry and academia to help create and implement a plan for the Department of Commerce regarding spectrum-sharing technologies,” the notice says. The workshop is needed because of “the dramatic rise of radio frequency-based applications has sparked a new sense of urgency among federal users, commercial service providers, equipment developers, and spectrum management professionals to determine the optimal way to manage and use the radio spectrum,” according to NCO.

During the first such workshop—held at Boulder, Colo. on June 26, 2011—“industry expressed a critical need to increase the number and availability of national testing facilities to prove that spectrum sharing technologies are a viable approach to sharing spectrum among different users.”

In addition, “spectrum sharing technology experimentation in ideal environments was cited as a key element to catalyze future wireless innovation in a complex spectrum environment that stakeholders can trust and that will provide a technological basis for national policy and rule making,” the notice says.

The January 2012 workshop will provide “an opportunity for relevant interested parties, including technical experts from private industry and public safety, together with academic researchers and government agencies to collaboratively define the concept and requirements of national level spectrum research, development, demonstration and field trial facilities,” the notice says. Participants will have the opportunity to “discuss the national facilities that are operational today and their availability” and they will be “asked to identify infrastructure, toolsets, facilities and features that are important for spectrum innovation,” the document says.

The workshop will take place Jan. 17, from Noon to 5 p.m. and Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific standard time at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center, 2108 Allston Way. In addition, the workshop will be webcast.