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Harmonized 79 GHz frequency band sought for automotive radars

Affordable in-vehicle radars for road safety and efficient transport systems

Geneva, 5 November 2012 – ITU will host a workshop in Geneva on 7 November 2012 to demonstrate the progress made over the past year in developing short-range high-resolution automotive radar systems in the 79 GHz frequency band that will contribute to increased transport efficiencies and road safety. The developments have been made within the automotive industry, working together with international bodies such as ITU and the European Commission.

The workshop organized by the industry-based ‘79 GHz Consortium’ in coordination with ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau will run 10:30 – 13:00 in Room K followed by a live demonstration at 14:00 outside ITU Montbrillant building.

Agreement is sought on 79 GHz as the worldwide harmonized frequency band for automotive radars. Based on studies conducted by the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R), the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 will consider the allocation of the band 77.5-78 GHz to the radiolocation service.



Workshop on the use of automotive radars for future Intelligent Transport Systems and live demonstration of automotive short-range high-resolution radar operations in the 79 GHz frequency band.



Press briefing and demonstration for media of radar equipped vehicles:
7 November 2012, 09:30 – 10:30
(Workshop: 7 November, 10:30 – 13:00; public demonstration: 14:00 – 16:30)


ITU Montbrillant Building, 2 rue de Varembé, Geneva



The “79 GHz Consortium”, in partnership with ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector, aims to establish a harmonized worldwide frequency allocation for vehicular radars in line with the frequency range allocated by the European Commission in 2004. This standardization process is in the framework of the upcoming ITU World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015 (WRC-15).



ITU and 79 GHz project partners: Autocruise TRW, Bosch GmbH, Continental, Daimler AG, ERTICO – ITS Europe, and Renault

For more information, please contact:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
tel +41 22 730 5046
mobile +41 79 249 4861
email sanjay.acharya@itu.int  
Juergen Hildebrandt
79 GHz project coordinator
Robert Bosch GmbH
tel +49 711 811 47527
email juergen.hildebrandt@de.bosch.com
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