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Experts examine harmonization for short range devices (SRD)
and Ultra Wide Band (UWB)

ITU workshop recognizes explosive growth of short-range radio devices

Geneva, 5 June 2014 – An ITU Workshop to facilitate the harmonization process for the global use of short range devices (SRD) and Ultra Wide Band (UWB) technologies attracted key players from the radiocommunication industry, regulators, operators, manufacturers and research institutions.

Discussions during the workshop, organized in response to an initiative from the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), centred on the need for regional and worldwide harmonization, in particular the identification of suitable frequency ranges for these devices and new technologies along with international and national regulations to govern the conditions for their use.

Presentations on the status and developments of SRD and UWB systems were made by a number of experts, including those from regulatory bodies, academia and industry. They included representatives from CEPT, the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications (RCC), Airbus Industries, i4C Innovations, and UWB Communication Systems and Solutions (URAXS).

“The explosive growth of short range devices and Ultra Wide Band technologies in recent years has indicated an urgent need for worldwide harmonization to facilitate global adoption of these technologies,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “This is especially relevant where applications such as telemedicine or airborne SRD cross national borders.”

“The development of worldwide systems using emerging SRD and UWB technologies has an enormous potential to affect our daily lives,” noted François Rancy, Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau. “Medical health systems, machine-to-machine solutions, transport and telematics systems, the aviation industry and wireless power transmission can all benefit as these technologies evolve.”

Ultra Wide Band technology is an energy-efficient and robust solution for “short” distance communications. Short-range radio devices allow implementation of a wide range of communication systems from medical telemetry systems, implant communications and health monitoring products to home automation, automotive communications, smart grids and Metropolitan Mesh Machine Networks (M3N) applications. The global harmonization of the regulatory framework for Short Range Devices and Ultra Wide Band is the key prerequisite for the use of existing and emerging technologies within the civil aviation sector as well.

Mr Sergey Pastukh, Chairman of ITU-R Study Group 1 on Spectrum Management indicated that the workshop helped identify activities which can lead to the inclusion of additional frequency opportunities for these technologies in Recommendation ITU-R SM.1896 on global and regional harmonization of SRDs.

Resolution ITU-R 54-1 on studies to achieve harmonization for SRDs invites ITU-R Membership, administrations and regional organizations as well as standardization, scientific and industrial organizations to participate actively in these studies to harmonize national regulations for SRDs,” said Mr Pastukh. “Administrations and regional organisations are also requested to include their information about existing SRD and UWB spectrum usage opportunities in Report ITU-R SM.2153 and other relevant ITU-R publications.”

The Workshop recognized the importance of ITU-R activities for the further development of classifications for SRD applications in order to facilitate the global harmonization process.

Interest was expressed regarding global harmonization needs for SRDs in some particular frequency ranges such as in part of the UHF band and around 60 GHz and 77 GHz. The ITU‑R development of less stringent spectrum masks, which could be more specific to different types of UWB applications, was recognized as a means to facilitate the global introduction of UWB technology.

These discussions and future ITU-R studies on this topic will help in achieving global harmonization for SRDs and UWB. They will assist ITU in studying and promoting best practices to enable such technologies to develop in a sustainable way, in harmony with other systems using the same spectrum, and in building a sustainable business environment. Updated existing or new ITU-R Recommendations and ITU-R Reports are expected to be approved in the near future.

For more information, please contact:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information
tel +41 22 730 5046
tel +41 79 249 4861
tel sanjay.acharya@itu.int
Grace Petrin
Communication Officer, Radiocommunication Bureau
tel +41 22 730 5810
tel +41 79 559 1428
tel  brpromo@itu.int 


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