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DENVER, CO, Oct. 17, 2007 -- The Software Defined Radio (SDR) Forum, (www.sdrforum.org), a nonprofit international industry association supporting the advancement of reconfigurable wireless technology, announced today it is establishing a special interest group (SIG) that will focus on activities designed to benefit the worldwide tactical radio community.
Sales of tactical radios in North America, Europe, Asia, and other areas have grown dramatically in recent years, spurred in part by the global war on terror and the widespread modernization of radio and networking equipment by military, paramilitary and homeland security forces around the world. A large number of these new radios have been software defined, driving the Forum to create this new SIG to provide an international venue for discussing the lessons learned in developing and deploying these current-generation SDR devices.
A key objective of the SIG will be to identify the main trends for tactical radios in light of modernization efforts underway in various regions and in the perspective of future net-centric operations, including the U.S. Defense Department's JTRS (Joint Tactical Radio System) and the ESSOR (European Secured Software Defined Radio Referential) programs. By capturing these trends and leveraging them against lessons learned, the SDR Forum will provide technological and architectural recommendations to both industry and government in order to reduce development cost and time to deployment in future radio-centric programs.
"Our International Tactical Radio SIG will augment activities underway in the U.S. Defense Department, NATO and the European Defense Agency," said David Murotake, chair of the SDR Forum's Markets Committee and CEO of SCA Technica. "Also, it will complement the work done by other organizations, such as the NCOIC, the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium."
As with other Forum special interest groups - like those dedicated to public safety and avionics - the International Tactical Radio SIG will host a broad base of stakeholders to ensure that identified issues are explored from all relevant angles. Participants will include radio system developers, waveform developers, end users, government, technology providers and spectrum managers.
The new SIG is slated to launch in early 2008, and the SDR Forum invites participation by a cross section of players from the worldwide tactical radio community. Those interested should email David Murotake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1996, the SDR Forum is a nonprofit international industry association dedicated to supporting the development and deployment of software defined radio systems that enable flexible and adaptable architectures in advanced wireless systems. Currently numbering some 100 organizations, the Forum's membership spans commercial, defense and civil government organizations, including wireless service providers, network operators, component and equipment manufacturers, hardware and software developers, regulatory agencies, and academia from Asia, Europe, and North America. The SDR Forum's administrative office is headquartered in Denver.
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