Partnerships and Memberships

A key element of the Wireless Innovation Forum's strategy is to maintain strong relationships with "partner" organizations, including both standards bodies and other industry consortia, to support the needs of our members. In advancing this strategy, the goal of the Wireless Innovation Forum is to collaborate, not compete, with partner organizations having overlapping interests, establishing the Wireless Innovation Forum as a single location where members can go to interact with a wide range of relevant third-party organizations.


The Wireless Innovation Forum currently has formal relationships in place with the following organizations:


IEEE Standards Association

The IEEE is a leading developer of standards that underpin many of today's technologies. Their standards are developed in a unique environment that builds consensus in an open process based on input from all interested parties. With nearly 1,300 standards either completed or under development, we are a central source of standardization in both traditional and emerging fields, particularly telecommunications, information technology and power generation.

The Wireless Innovation Forum is a corporate member of the IEEE Standards Association.

The Wireless Innovation Forum has a memorandum of understanding with IEEE Standard Association to allow collaboration between the two organizations.

IEEE Communications Society
The Wireless Innovation Forum has established a relationship with the IEEE Communications Society(ComSoc): Information on membership, conferences, publications, online tutorials, webinars and new wireless certification program can be found at

Object Management Group (OMG)
The Object Management Group™ (OMG™) is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry standards consortium. OMG member companies write, adopt, and maintain its standards following a mature, open process. OMG's standards include: Model Driven Architecture® ,Unified Modeling Language™, and CORBA®.

The Wireless Innovation Forum is a member of the OMG and has made the OMG an Wireless Innovation Forum member to simplify collaboration between the two groups.

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute ("ETSI") is an industry-led standards development organization with a membership of over 700 manufacturers, network operators, service providers, research bodies, regulatory bodies and academia from over 50 countries, ETSI undertakes pre-standardization and standardization activities in areas common to telecommunications, information technology, sound and television broadcasting, ETSI aims to produce globally applicable standards and is the recognized European Standardization Organization for telecommunications,

The Wireless Innovation Forum has a Memorandum of Understanding allowing collaboration with the ETSI Technical Committee on Reconfigurable Radio Systems (TC RRS).

Mobile VCE
Mobile VCE provides industrially-relevant, long-term, world-class, research in mobile and personal communications defined & steered by our industrial members.Its innovative structure accesses the highest quality academic skills and staff, whilst ensuring that research is industrially relevant, yields valuable intellectual property, and provides a very high financial gearing.

The Wireless Innovation Forum has a formal memorandum of understanding with Mobile VCE to allow collaboration between the two organizations.

Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF)
WWRF is a global organisation, which was founded in August 2001. It now has over 140 members from five continents, representing all sectors of the mobile communications industry and the research community. The objective of the WWRF is to formulate visions on strategic future research directions in the wireless field, among industry and academia, and to generate, identify, and promote research areas and technical trends for mobile and wireless system technologies.

The Wireless Innovation Forum has a formal memorandum of understanding with WWRF to allow collaboration between the two organizations.

VME Industry Trade Association (VITA) Standards Organization (VSO)
VITA is an incorporated, non-profit organization of suppliers and users having a common market interest in critical embedded systems. Founded in 1984, VITA believes in and champions open system architectures as opposed to proprietary system architectures. VITA's activities are international in scope. The functions performed by VITA are technical, promotional and user related and are aimed at increasing the total market size, providing vendors with additional market exposure, and providing users with timely technical information. VITA has ANSI and IEC accreditation for the development of standards for embedded computers, including critical applications and harsh environments, to enable VITA to be the steward of VME technology.

The Wireless Innovation Forum has a memorandum of understanding with VITA to allow collaboration between the two organizations on DigitalIF and Transceiver APIs.

Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC)
The NCOIC is a unique collaboration of premier leaders in the aerospace, defense, information technology, large-scale integrator and services industries. The Consortium works in tandem with customers from around the world, each with a specific mission, to provide a set of tools that enable the development of network centric capabilities and products.

The Wireless Innovation Forum is a member of the NCOIC and has made the NCOIC an Wireless Innovation Forum member to simplify collaboration between the two groups.

The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers
The IEICE was established in May, 1917, mark its 85th anniversary in 2002. Being known internationally as one of the world's leading academic institutions in this area, the IEICE aims at the investigation and exchange of knowledge on the science and technology of electronics, information and communications, and contributes to the progress of technologies and to the development of industries. We started four Societies and one Group in April, 1995.
Presently, the Institute has more than 34,000 affiliated members. The Members of the Institute elect officers (President. Vice Presidents. Directors and Auditors) who administer the Institute. as well as more than 20 Council Members. 

The Wireless Innovation Forum has a memorandum of understanding with the IEICE Technical Committee on Software Radio to allow collaboration between the two organizations.

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)
COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. COST contributes to reducing the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide. The goal of COST is to ensure that Europe holds a strong position in the field of scientific and technical research for peaceful purposes, by increasing European cooperation and interaction in this field. This research initiative makes it possible for the various national facilities, institutes, universities and private industry to work jointly.

The Wireless Innovation Forum has a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate with the COST Action ICO902 on developing "Cognitive Radio and Networking for Cooperative Coexistence of Heterogeneous Wireless Networks" and COST ICO905 on developing a "Techno-economic Regulatory Framework for Radio Spectrum Access for Cognitive Radio/Software Defined Radio."

The purpose of ACROPOLIS is to link experts from around Europe working on coexistence technologies such as spectrum sharing and cognitive radio, to obtain a rounded complement of European research and to investigate and bolster relevant research areas that are under-represented in the current European research repertoire. Such coexistence technologies within ACROPOLIS are aimed towards the optimisation of radio spectrum usage.

The main emphasis is to reduce fragmentation in European research in this field, and to translate cognitive communications and other coexistence paradigms into economic benefits.

ACROPOLIS was formed by partners mostly in the academic sector. The project aims to elaborate upon and refine its ambitious program of complementary research activities every year. In due course, ACROPOLIS will embrace collaboration with other projects to harmonize and disseminate results through its European-wide partnership.

Recent advances and achievements in ACROPOLIS will be shared and elaborated upon during jointly organized events with external teams and experts. ACROPOLIS will organize and participate in workshops, summer/winter schools, round-table meetings, and conferences, will establish electronic facilities for collaboration, and in general will promote a higher visibility and achievement of European research.

ACROPOLIS also focuses on the education of European researchers on advanced coexistence technologies, through the organisation of appropriate events and online course modules.

The Wireless Innovation Forum has a liaison agreement with Acropolis.

Weightless SIG
The Weightless SIG ("Weightless") is an industry-led standards development organization developing the global standard for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. It has a global membership. Its aims are to complete the stardard, enable certification and type approval and to promote the interests of its members.

The Wireless Innovation Forum has a memorandum of understanding with Weightless. We have the common objective to perform and promote, directly or indirectly, regional and international standardization in the area of "white space," "cognitive" or "software defined" radio solutions with the aim of contributing to the establishment of a global information architecture.