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Software-Defined Radio: Finding Its Use in Public Safety
In this article, the deployment of software-defined radio (SDR) technologies for public safety (PS) is addressed for the purpose of providing a useful reference integrating PS-specific requirements and the relevant applicable technologies. Both user requirements and SDR technologies have been examined by a lot of working groups in recent years. In turn, they have been providing support to many Europeanfunded programs, completing the work started by the European Commission’s (EC’s) Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7), which are approaching their last steps. Narrowband up to broadband radio communications have been analyzed, also addressing security, group calls, and other specific requirements demanded by PS. Here, applications of innovative reconfigurable radio technologies (RRTs) are described. The deployment of these technologies and the benefit of reconfigurability are investigated on the basis of operational, technical, and economic considerations. SDR has been the subject of a lot of programs for more than ten years, with relevant applications mainly in the military market and, with specific architectures, in the commercial mobile market. The military environment has been managing a specific procurement program having a common software (SW) architecture already known as Software Communication Architecture (SCA) . The specific program, named Joint Tactical Communication System (JTRS), is a U.S.
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IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine (Volume: 8 , Issue: 2, June 2013)
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