IoT affects many aspects of managing and measuring wireless resources. The proliferation of wireless technologies into every corner of our lives, starting with traditional cellular and wireless LAN technologies and leading to the evolution of connected cars and the “Internet of Things” all require the use of one common asset: BANDWIDTH. The availability of spectrum, especially at frequencies compatible with most of today’s applications, is severely limited. While regulatory agencies such as the FCC continue to repurpose and open up spectrum for wireless communication, it’s still not enough to address our insatiable hunger for bandwidth. Other technologies continue to evolve to make better utilization of the available bandwidth, including MIMO, beam forming and spectrum sharing and reuse. The added complexity of these “smart” wireless systems affects the complexity testing these technologies. Hence, laboratory test methodologies must advance to assess over-the-air performance of these devices in a practical way.

Spectrum sharing offers a potential leap forward on how the frequency spectrum is accessed and utilized. However, as the density of users in the spectrum increases, the potential for interference also increases. Attendees will learn about recent testing done at National Institute of Standards and Technology in support of the National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN) project focused on LTE impacts to GPS receivers. Maintaining GPS receiver requirements in expanded LTE wireless networks represents an urgent challenge. Attendees will learn about the test methodology and key performance indicators measured in the testing.

We will also share recent research into Intentional Electromagnetic Interference (IEMI), a topic increasingly becomes a reality. In December 2016 the US Congress of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA), addressing the vulnerability of wireless communication to IEMI as a priority.

ANSI C63 created Subcommittee 4 “Wireless and ISM Equipment Measurements” last year to address several rapidly emerging wireless technologies to address existing standards and add new draft standards related to Lighting products, Wireless Power Transfer and ISM Equipment. Attendees will learn what’s driving the need for these standards and expected requirements to meet them.

Co-chairs:

Janet O’Neil, ETS-Lindgren, Cedar Park, Texas, USA

Jari Vikstedt, ETS-Lindgren, Cedar Park, Texas, USA

PLANNED SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

Internet of Things: IoT, M2M, 5G & EMC

Mike Violette, Washington Labs, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

Shared Spectrum Metrology: Measuring the Impacts of Adjacent-band LTE Waveforms on GPS Receivers

William Young, Communications Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Assessing the Vulnerability of Wireless Systems to (Intentional) EMI

Frank Leferink, University of Twente Enschede and Thales Netherlands Hengelo, The Netherlands

Test Challenges of Smart Antenna Systems

Jari Vikstedt, ETS-Lindgren, Cedar Park, Texas, USA

The FCC and the Internet of Things

Ira Keltz, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Columbia, Maryland, USA

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