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October 18, 2010

New Standard for Cognitive Radio Approved

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor


The specification “Description of Cognitive Radio Ontology” has been approved by the Wireless Innovation Forum. Approval of new projects has also been announced by the Wireless Innovation (News - Alert) Forum at its 67th Working Meeting. The meeting was held in Illinois from Sept. 13 to Sept. 17.

Software Communications Architecture or SCA will be supported by the new projects. An SCA next project on Asynchronous Messaging is one of the new projects announced. Other new projects include the creation of a Test and Certification Guide, and a project on Security Requirements and Profile Case Studies.

The Modeling Language for Mobility (MLM) project has been undertaken by the MLM Working Group of Wireless Innovation Forum (WINNF). An important part of the MLM project is the Cognitive Radio Ontology.

Opportunities are expected to be provided by independent vendors for development of interoperable radios. These will be possible due to the Cognitive Radio Ontology and the MLM Language developed in this project. Additional specifications/standards for data exchange will also be generated. The next generation capabilities will therefore be supported. These include vertical and horizontal mobility, spectrum awareness and dynamic spectrum adaption, waveform optimization, feature exchanges, and advanced applications.

The Steering Group for the Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards have also approved a new project proposal on Asynchronous Messaging at this meeting. The SCA Evolution Work Group has already started working on this project. Being developed for SCA platform, the specification will also help application developers who need higher performance for inter-component messaging.

The Steering Group for the Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards have also approved the SCA Test, Evaluation and Certification Model Realization at the meeting. A recommendation aiming to define the realization aspects of the role based, generic certification process of SCA based SDRs will be the outcome of this project.

A project defining Security Requirements and Profile Case Studies has also been approved by the Forum’s Project Approval Committee. The public safety community will be supported by giving guidance. Communications system designers, developers and manufacturers will also be provided a set of requirements they could follow in developing security solutions for their products.


Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard


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