If you belong to an organization that is driving technology innovation in commercial, civil and defense communications around the world then you need to be a part of the Wireless Innovation Forum. With over 100 member organizations including radio manufacturers, their partners and suppliers, acquisition authorities, service providers, operators, standards bodies, researchers and regulatory agencies, the Wireless Innovation Forum provides a singular venue to advance software defined radio, cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access technologies, to educate and influence decision makers at all levels of the wireless value chain, and to drive changes that will address emerging wireless communications requirements through the enhanced value, reduced total life cost of ownership and timely deliver of standardized families of products, technologies, and services.But don’t just take it from us. Here’s what our members have to say:
“The Wireless Innovation Forum has long been, and continues to be, the center of mass for standards and architectures that drive the development of Software Defined and Cognitive Radios for the communications industry,” says Datron’s Bob Schutz. “Datron is committed to providing its commercial,civil and military customers with state of the art communications platforms. Datron’s membership in The Wireless Innovation Forum is an acknowledgement of this commitment and the continued value, we see in the activities of The Wireless Innovation Forum.”
“Five out of six a4ESSOR Main Subcontractors were already members of the Forum. a4ESSOR’s main role/interest is therefore to coordinate their contributions to the Forum in relation to ESSOR products,” said Ugo Manetti, President of a4ESSOR. “We firmly in fact believe that the Forum can offer an extraordinary opportunity, worldwide, for technical exchange in the SDR field and related matters.”
Wireless Innovation Forum member representatives have initiated and led multiple work efforts that promote their organization’s specific objectives through the creation of reports, recommendations and specifications that are widely used by the advanced wireless community. The importance of these "work products" is reflected in the fact that over 10,000 individual documents were downloaded from the document library in 2011 alone.
Examples of these efforts include defining reference architectures that are in use around the world today, …
- Software Radio Architecture (Published in 1999 and the basis for the Software Communications Architecture (SCA))
- Base Station Reference Architecture (Published in 2002)
- Commercial Handset Reference Architecture (Published in 2004)
- Cognitive Radio Reference Architecture (Published in 2006)
- Information Processing Architecture (Published in 2011)
… in creating specifications defining application programming interfaces for subsystems such as Smart Antennas, RF Transceivers, Policy Control Engines, or Security Subsystems that promote an ecosystem of vendors with interoperable technologies and thus reduce cost and time to market for wireless equipment manufacturers, …
- Smart Antenna API Specification (Published in 2007)
- Transceiver Facility Specification API (Published in 2008)
- Cognitive Radio Ontology (Published in 2010)
- International Security Services Application Programming Interface (Published in 2011)
… and defining the use cases and requirements for SDR and Cognitive Radio technologies in addressing the needs of, again for example, the public safety or Tactical Radio communities:
- Software Defined Radio Technology for Public Safety (Published in 2006)
- Use Cases for Cognitive Applications in Public Safety Communications Systems - Volume 1: Review of the 7 July Bombing of the London Underground (Published in 2006)
- Use Cases for Cognitive Applications in Public Safety Communications Systems Volume 2 - Chemical Plant Explosion Scenario (Published in 2009)
- White Paper on SDR Technologies for Tactical Radio Market (Published in 2011)
Outputs from these and other related efforts are often used by the Wireless Innovation Forum to promote our member companies positions throughout the advanced wireless community. This includes interacting with government organizations and regulatory bodies world wide, providing Recommendations such as these, which were recently submitted to NASA, the FCC and the ITU:
- Coordination Model for International SCA Standards
- Quantifying the Benefits of Cognitive Radio
- Comments of the SDR Forum on the FCC's Innovation Notice of Inquiry
- Working Document Towards a Preliminary Draft New Report on Cognitive Radio in Land Mobile Service
- Considerations and Recommendations for Software Defined Radio Technologies for the 700 MHz Public/Private Partnership
- Comments on NASA Space Telecommunications Radio System (STRS)
"The Wireless Innovation Forum provides Kolodzy Consulting LLC the forum in which to address the regulatory and technical issues for next generation radios,” says Paul Kolodzy, of Kolodzy Consulting LLC. “The onset of more dynamic capabilities within radios and radio networks has created the need for such focused industry-led efforts."
In addition to “in-house” projects, the Wireless Innovation Forum also partners with leading standards organizations, such as the IEEE, ETSI, the OMG
and radio technology programs such as E3 and JTRS, minimizing the cost to our members in influencing the development of a broad range of relevant technologies and standards through participation in a single industry association.
You also accrue other benefits from Wireless Innovation Forum membership:
Relative Costs for a Small Technology Company to participate in SDR'11-WInnComm
|First Attendee Registration||$1199||$899|
|Second Attendee Registration||$1199||$899|
Perhaps most importantly for many of our member representatives – joining the Forum allows you to network with the leaders in the advanced wireless community: network with potential customers to explore new business opportunities, network with potential competitors to gain insight into how you can differentiate your products and services, and network with potential suppliers, allowing you to influence their requirements and thus reduce your overall R&D costs.
"CTVR believes that membership of the Wireless Innovation Forum is invaluable for engaging with industry leaders, sharing ideas and contributing in an open forum, and bridging the gap between academic research and industrial engagement," said Paul Sutton of CTVR"
"“Scientific exchange is an important factor for research,” says Ute Miller of RWTH Aachen University. “The WInnForum is the ideal forum for the research areas of UMIC.”
A complete explanation of member benefits can be found here.