Demonstrations and trials
IEEE DySPAN 2007 features the world's first trials of innovative cognitive radio, cognitive networks and dynamic spectrum access technologies operating in dedicated licensed and licensed-exempt channels in the TV and microwave frequency bands. The demonstrations and trials comprise a combination of fixed-location demonstrations in the conference venue and Trinity College Dublin, in addition to mobile operation in the greater Dublin area. To facilitate the demonstrations, the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has awarded a trial licence to Ireland's Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research (CTVR) along with the participating demonstrators as third party collaborators under ComReg's Wireless Trial licence scheme for the period April 2nd - May 1st 2007. Download pdf of DemonstrationsProgram material - click here
Demonstrations and trials are primarily taking place during the DySPAN conference period (April 16th-20th, 2007) in addition to some prior experiments all taking place in collaboration with CTVR. At the conference, delegates can see this leading-edge research in action and receive updates of the exciting expected outcomes of this unique opportunity as they occur during this period. Through these experiments, demonstrations and trials, the DySPAN 2007 conference will showcase technology developments and help initiate collaborative research among the demonstrators with complementary expertise and common objectives. Furthermore, spectrum data collected during the demonstrations will be made available to attendees.
The test and spectral analysis tools for these trials are being kindly sponsored by Anritsu. Anritsu is widely acknowledged as the world-leading supplier of professional spectrum monitoring and analysis equipment.
PARTICIPANTSShared Spectrum Company
Shared Spectrum Company's demonstration is comprised of two parts. The first part of the demonstration includes the presentation of live and recently captured spectrum occupancy measurements in Dublin city taken as a motivation of the potential channels that can be harvested by XG radios. Secondly, SSC provides a live demonstration of their XG radio system in the presence of legacy radios using the channels allocated by the ComReg trial licence issued for DySPAN 2007. XG network formation and interference avoidance features are demonstrated also.Motorola
Motorola Labs demonstrate an experimental cognitive radio system using the DySPAN licensed spectrum under ComReg's wireless trial licence scheme. To exercise a practical communications link in a shared spectrum, the system provides a live video feed via a dynamically-allocated OFDM physical layer. Each demonstration unit includes a RF signal conditioning module for DySPAN channel allocations, a custom RF transceiver IC, digital signal processing, a cognitive communication stack, and an embedded Linux operating system. Connected to the units via Ethernet, a PC presents a graphical user interface, including the video feed and visualization of the spectral sensing, signal detection, and dynamic frequency allocation that is taking place in the units.Center for Wireless Telecommunications, Wireless @ VT, Virginia Tech & CTVR
This demonstration shows the use of a cognitive engine to control a small network of inhomogeneous software-defined radios to enable waveform and spectrum reconfiguration. The demonstrations are designed to highlight the use of a cognitive radio for interoperability between different radios and standards, specifically CTVR's Plastic Project test-beds. In addition, this demonstrations shows co-operability between cognitive radio nodes for resource optimization (i.e., spectrum and power), and to demonstrate the use of a verification engine to ensure regulatory compliance of a cognitive radio capable of generating arbitrary waveforms.Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research at Trinity College Dublin
CTVR demonstrate signal detection, classification and frequency rendezvous using embedded cyclostationary signatures for OFDM-based networks. The demonstrations use the CTVR Plastic Project platform for cognitive network experimentation and illustrate the use of cyclostationary signatures to facilitate distributed coordination in cognitive networks. In addition, CTVR demonstrate coexistence with primary users in shared spectrum segments and interoperability with a cognitive radio independently developed by CWT, Virginia Tech.Information and Telecommunication Technology Center, University of Kansas
The University of Kansas is demonstrating a portable, powerful, and flexible software-defined radio
development platform called the Kansas University Agile Radio (KUAR). The primary purpose of the KUAR
is to enable advanced research in the areas of wireless radio networks, dynamic spectrum access, and
cognitive radios. Operating in the 5-5.8GHz band, the KUAR demonstration highlights the modular and
reconfigurable components of the radio with respect to both hardware and software.
QinetiQ and MAC Ltd. have jointly developed a cognitive radio demonstrator that allows single and multiple CR networks to be deployed alongside existing legacy (or licensed) users. The demonstrator not only provides a suitable platform to assess the impact upon legacy users, but also allows the behaviour of a CR network in a dynamic radio environment to be evaluated.SRI International
SRI International has designed cognitive radio policy language (CoRaL), a language to capture rules and regulations for opportunistic spectrum use. A policy reasoner that reasons about these spectrum-sharing policies can be used with cognitive radios to guarantee policy-specified behaviors. SRI demonstrates this reasoner on various policies, including those established for the DySPAN trial licence. The effects of enforcing these policies and how a radio adapts to the conditions of dynamically changing environments are highlighted. The reasoner is linked to a live sensor that measures the state of the spectrum at the conference site and delivers input data for the reasoner. In addition, the ease of changing policies and uploading new policies is shown.Knowledge and Data Engineering Group, CTVR, Trinity College Dublin
As part of its research within CTVR, the KDEG group at Trinity College Dublin demonstrate a specific extension to the DARPA XG policy language (XGPL) based on abstractions from a scheme called community-based policy management (CBPM). The benefits of this integration are illustrated through a case study based on the potential use of the dynamic spectrum access trial license granted in Ireland for DySPAN 2007, and the organizational conflicts that even this straightforward scenario can yield.National University of Ireland Maynooth
NUIM demonstrate the features and capabilities of a reconfigurable radio platform currently under development in the Institute of Microelectronic and Wireless Systems (IMWS), Maynooth. This platform is designed to operate in a frequency band from 1.6GHz to 2.5GHz and support the GSM1800, DCS1800, PCS 1900, UMTS-FDD, UMTS-TDD and 802.11b standards.
Demonstrators and trial participants are acting in collaboration with the Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research at Trinity College Dublin are permitted to use the following channels under the term of the ComReg trial licence awarded for DySPAN 2007:
These frequencies are the centre carrier frequencies, with a channel bandwidth of 1.75MHz in the 230-440 MHz band and 50 MHz in the 2-3 GHz band. The maximum Effective Radiated Power (ERP) permitted is 1W (0dBW) apart from Channel 7 and Channel 9 where a maximum power of 10W (10dBW) is permitted. Omni-directional, vertically-polarised antennas will be used, and the antenna height above ground will not exceed 2 metres. Mobile operation is permitted in Dublin city using channels 1-10, but use of channels 11 and 12 will ONLY be permitted at the conference centre and in the grounds of University of Dublin, Trinity College.Demonstrations Chairs
Keith Nolan (CTVR at Trinity College Dublin)