BURNABY, British Columbia, 26 March 2008.Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima, a provider of software-defined radio (SDR) technology, announced that the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) Sensors Radar Technologies and Cyber Security Unit (SERAC) will use Spectrum's flexComm Waveform Design Studio for the research and development of software-defined radio capability in the Wireless Interoperability for Security (WINTSEC) project.
WINTSEC explores a mixture of complementary solutions to overcome the barriers for wireless interoperability across different security agencies, enabling first responders with incompatible legacy radios to communicate in a crisis situation.
The JRC will be using the Waveform Design Studio to achieve goals in the following areas:
- To support a possible improvement of European Union (EU) communications interoperability in the area of security and first responders
- To enhance understanding of emerging technologies, mesh networks and wideband communications
- To better assess future threats to critical network infrastructures
"The JRC is focused on solving some critical public safety communications challenges in Europe," says Mark Briggs, VP marketing at Spectrum. "The Waveform Design Studio provides an integrated 'IF to Ethernet' solution with complete run-time software, including a licensed Software Communications Architecture (SCA) software stack, a suite of development tools, system examples, and sample applications."
The Waveform Design Studio incorporates a single Xilinx Virtex-4 field-programmable gate array and multiple Texas Instruments TMS320C6416 digital signal processing devices, all interconnected through communications fabrics integrated into an Intel-based workstation.
The Waveform Design Studio supports two receive and two transmit channels at industry standard 10.7, 21.4 and 70 MHz IF with bandwidths in excess of 30 MHz. It also supports "RF to Ethernet" for HF and VHF frequency bands.