Software Defined Radio Forum debuts Special Interest Group for International Tactical Radio Market

DENVER, 18 Oct. 2007. Management of the Software Defined Radio (SDR) Forum, a nonprofit international industry association supporting the advancement of reconfigurable wireless technology, has established a special interest group to focus on activities designed to benefit the worldwide tactical radio community.

DENVER, 18 Oct. 2007. Management of the Software Defined Radio (SDR) Forum, a nonprofit international industry association supporting the advancement of reconfigurable wireless technology, has established a special interest group to 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 widespread modernization of radio and networking equipment by global military, paramilitary, and homeland security forces. 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. The SDR Forum will provide technological and architectural recommendations to both industry and government 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," says 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."

International Tactical Radio SIG 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.

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