Archived — Communications Research Centre's Software Defined Radio Team Awarded for Efforts to Ensure Radio Interoperability

CRC's SDR team with Wireless Innovation Forum representatives (left to right) Bruce Oberlies, WInnF Board of Directors Chair; Hugues Latour, CRC Research Engineer; Claude Bélisle, CRC Vice-President, Satellite Communications and Radio Propagation Research; Lee Pucker, WInnF CEO; Steve Bernier, CRC Research Manager, SDR Team; and François Lévesque, CRC Computer Researcher.

CRC's SDR team with Wireless Innovation Forum representatives (left to right) Bruce Oberlies, WInnF Board of Directors Chair; Hugues Latour, CRC Research Engineer; Claude Bélisle, CRC Vice-President, Satellite Communications and Radio Propagation Research; Lee Pucker, WInnF CEO; Steve Bernier, CRC Research Manager, SDR Team; and François Lévesque, CRC Computer Researcher.

Interoperability between emergency radios can pose a huge problem for military and public safety personnel, particularly when various forces have to coordinate their efforts. The Communications Research Centre (CRC) has been at the forefront of the development of a solution—Software Defined Radio (SDR).

In recognition of CRC's contribution, the Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnF) recently awarded the CRC with its International Achievement Award for furthering SDR on an international scale. The presentation took place on , at the WInnF annual technical conference, held in Washington, D.C.

Traditional radios based on hardware implementation can communicate only over a limited frequency range using a single communications protocol. With SDR, signal processing is carried out by software rather than dedicated hardware, so a single radio handset can communicate over a variety of protocols by simply changing the software needed to process that particular protocol. The radio is similar to a mini-computer with an antenna.

CRC's contribution to SDR began in the 1990s when it influenced the direction of the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) specification initially developed by the U.S. military, and now being adopted by the international military community. The SCA specification defines how software and hardware should be implemented to facilitate the development of SDR. CRC went on to produce an SCA software development suite, and to lead numerous technical working groups, demonstrations, training and technical presentations internationally.

CRC's software suite empowers customers to quickly develop SCA-compliant applications. It is now licensed by manufacturers and developers worldwide, who are incorporating SDR/SCA technologies for military, public safety and commercial radio systems.

For more information, visit www.crc.gc.ca.

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