Five new documents approved and adopted earlier this month in Montreal will be part and parcel of the blueprint that will architect the future of the commercial, public-safety, satellite communications and international tactical radio communities.
The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, gave the nod to all the paperwork at its 70th Working Meeting. The approved documents include:
• Approved Issues and Resolutions concerning the November 2010 draft of the SCA Next Specification (Working Document WINNF-11-R-0004): recommended solutions to 41 issues (and references one whose resolution is in a separate document) raised against the 30 Nov 2011 draft of the SCA Next specification, including its appendixes.
• Change proposal to Draft SCA Next AEP (Appendix B) for harmonization with ESSOR Architecture (WINNF-10-R-0005): prepared in an attempt to maximize the harmonization between ESSOR and JTRS achievements, using as an input the document WINNF-11-I-0007 submitted by ESSOR Industries to WINNF SCA Next WG.
• Change Proposal to Draft SCA Next CORBA Profiles for Harmonization with ESSOR Architecture (WINNF-11-R-0006): prepared in an attempt to maximize the harmonization between ESSOR and JTRS achievements, using as an input an ESSOR contribution submitted to WInnF SCA-Next WG.
• International Tactical Radio Security Services API Specification (Working Document WINNF-09-S-0011): standardizes a software security interface for use by the international tactical radio community. In particular, this API is targeted for deployment in tactical radio systems based on the Software Communication Architecture (SCA), though that is not necessarily a prerequisite for its use.
• White paper on SDR Technologies for the International Tactical Radio Market (Working Document WINNF-09-P-0006): highlights some key issues to be further addressed to increase the adoption of SDR technology by the market: improving the WF portability: issues associated with Application Programming Interface (API) development; SDR standards compliance certification; safety certification; and security aspects.
Notes ITT’s Terry Anderson, who also chairs the SCA Next Work Group, “Our three documents approved at this meeting along with five previous RFIs are the output of over 50 working sessions over two years and will help to make the next release of the SCA fit the needs of a much wider and international community.” The next Working Meeting will be held in San Diego next March.