MANHASSET, N.Y. The International Telecommunication Union - Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) task group 1/8 has accepted an invitation sent on behalf of U.S. industry to hold its third meeting on compatibility between ultrawideband and radiocommunication services in Boston from June 9 to 18.
The 1/8 group, which includes leading scientific, semiconductor and government bodies, has four working groups and is chartered with defining a regulatory framework, studying UWB characteristics, resolving compatibility issues and outlining a measurements regimen.
The FCC's International Bureau and Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) said that while the U.S. has already established rules for UWB, "Government and industry are participating in the ITU-R TG 1/8 with the objective of developing international standards and recommendations to protect existing radiocommunication services, while exploiting the benefits of the technology for the international community."
The notification also said the meeting will include exhibits, demonstrations, hardware prototypes and business projections for the U.S. introduction of UWB.
According to Gary Anderson, chairman of the meeting's organizing committee and CEO of Uraxs Communications (Haverhill, Mass.), interest in the meeting is intense. "There's no doubt that most, if not all the companies in the TG 1/8 participation list will have a presence at and be involved in the meeting," he said. "There is a lot of interest from U.S. industry as well. We hope to arrive at some conclusions in all working groups and there are sure to be a lot of contributions." For now, he said, the goal was to nail down a few key sponsors.
Members of TG 1/8 include Intel, Motorola, Time Domain, Alereon, Agere, Agilent, Cisco, Ericsson and Nokia along with government bodies such as the FCC, the Defense Department, NASA, the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications and the International Air Transport Association.
The meeting will be held in the Sheraton Boston Hotel and contributions are invited. Those wishing to participate in the meeting as a member of the U.S. delegation should contact Ron Chase, chairman of U.S. TG 1/8, by telephone at (202) 418-1378 or by e-mail at Ron.Chase@fcc.gov.