The IEEE P802.22bTM Amendment Project for Enhanced Broadband Services and Monitoring Applications has been approved by the IEEE as a whole. As such, the IEEE 802.22 Working Group now “proposes to bring advanced wireless technologies and applications to rural and under-served areas around the world.”

According to the working group, it has established Task Group ‘b’ for executing the activities for this amendment Project Authorization Request (PAR), tasked with enhancing the IEEE 802.22-2011 standard capabilities “to accommodate a wide variety of applications using cognitive radio technology in TV white spaces (see related news item in today’s issue).

Such applications include long-range and regional-area smart grid; critical infrastructure monitoring; triple-play services like providing voice, video and data; backhaul for broadband access; offloading wireless traffic; regional-area public-safety and homeland-security networks; emergency broadband services; monitoring rain forests; monitoring livestock; and border protection.

The IEEE P802.22b Task Group now seeks contributions from participants interested in developing this standard.

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