Public Safety Workshop


Tuesday, November 30

Sponsored by the Wireless Innovation Forum Public Safety Special Interest Group


This workshop brings together several individuals with diverse roles within the public safety community to discuss user requirements, technologies, and regulatory aspects for public safety communications systems.   


Focus for this workshop is on how Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Cognitive Radio (CR) technologies/solutions can benefit the public safety user and the regulatory impact of such solutions.  Specific topics for this workshop, all related to this focus, include:


  • Overview of past, present, and future work of the WINNF's Public Safety Interest Group

  • User (law enforcement) requirements that are drivers for SDR and CR regulations and technologies

  • Federal R&D

  • Academic Research

  • Perspectives of the public safety manufacturer relative to SDR and CR in public safety products


10:00 - noon Morning Session

10:00 - 10:10   Introduction, Fred Frantz, L-3 Communications

10:10 - 10:45   Advances in SDR/CR Technology, Industry Perspective, Rick Taylor, Harris

10:45 - 11:20   Advances in SDR/CR Technology, University Perspective, S.M. Hasan,  

Virginia Tech  

11:20 - 11:55   Research and Evaluation of SDR/CR for Public Safety, Dr. Nancy Merritt, 


11:55 - noon    Session 1 Wrap-up

noon - 13:30  Lunch

13:30 - 13:40  Conference Welcome, John Glossner, Sandbridge Technologies and Conference Chair

13:40 - 14:20 Conference Keynote: Masiyuki Ariyoshi, Principal Researcher and Cognitive Radio Research Project Leader System Platforms Research Laboratories Central Research Laboratories, NEC Corporation

14:20 - 15:00 Conference Keynote: Tom Stroup, CEO, Shared Spectrum Company

15:00 Coffee Break

15:15 - 17:15  Afternoon Session

15:15 - 15:25   Afternoon Introduction, Fred Frantz, L-3 Communications

15:25 - 16:00   Requirements from a Law Enforcement Perspective, Deputy Chief

Eddie Reyes, Alexandria PD  

16:00 - 16:35   Regulatory Perspective, Dr. Bill Lane, Chief Engineer, Public Safety

Outreach and Operations Division,Public Safety and Homeland

Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

16:35 - 17:10   The Role of the Public Safety SIG, Fred Frantz, Chair, WInnF Public

Safety Special Interest Group (SIG)

17:10 - 17:15   Session 2 Wrap-up

Requirements from a Law Enforcement Perspective, Eddie Reyes,

Alexandria PD

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