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EC Members, Paul Nikolich asked me to provide a quick report on the progress of the TV Whitespace ECSG. The officers are myself as Chair of the ECSG, Steve Shellhammer as Vice Chair, and Ranga Reddy as secretary. The ECSG has been holding Webex / Teleconference meetings every other week since December 2nd. We also held a set of face to face meetings at the Wireless Interim in January. And there have been numerous ad hoc teleconferences. The ECSG was assigned the following tasks by the EC: * Assess the impact of the FCC White Space R&O on IEEE 802 activities * Identify Use Cases of TV White Space Spectrum * Identify what functions may be common across 802 technologies * Begin technical discussion on how to enable coexistence between various 802 technologies in the shared TV white space spectrum * Prepare a Tutorial for March Plenary * Make recommendations to 802 EC by March 2009 on next steps Here is a task by task report on our progress: * Assess the impact of the FCC White Space R&O on IEEE 802 activities We have discussed this numerous times on various teleconferences. A set of individuals led by Stephen Rayment are currently working on a presentation for the March Tutorial. While there are many drafts floating around, nothing is posted that I can reference you to. It is expected the R&O will be posted in the register on 2/17/09. That means that responses are likely due 3/19/09. The good news is that this is right after the March Plenary. Currently my expectation is that any response from IEEE 802 will go through 802.18. I know that 802.22 has been working on a response for some time. At this time I do not expect any specific response from the ECSG (through 802.18 or otherwise). However we are monitoring the responses from other groups. It is noted that there will also be international regulations for TV Whitespace operations. A presentation on TV Whitespaces for the Dutch Antilles was made at the January interim. For the tutorial we plan to spend 15 minutes on the FCC R&O, but also 15 minutes on other regulatory domains including the Dutch Antilles as well as the ITU/EU, Ofcom (UK), Canada and Korea. Currently there are no ECSG recommendations concerning the FCC R&O or TV Whitespace activities in other regulatory domains. * Identify Use Cases of TV White Space Spectrum Nancy Vogtli has lead ad hoc activities to address this task. The most recently posted output from that ad hoc can be found at: https://mentor.ieee.org/802-sg-whitespace/file/09/sg-whitespace-09-0007- 06-0000-ecsg-adhoc-use-case-slide-deck.ppt A presentation will be made at the March Tutorial covering Use Cases. It is believed the ECSG's work in this area is essentially done, except for recommendations. * Identify what functions may be common across 802 technologies This topic was discussed on a couple of teleconferences. Richard Paine prepared a document that summarizes possible common functions for Whitespace operations which has been discussed within the group. The latest version can be found at: https://mentor.ieee.org/802-sg-whitespace/file/09/sg-whitespace-09-0006- 03-0000-functions-common-across-the-802-family-of-protocols.doc There are currently no recommendations from the ECSG on common functions for Whitespace operations within 802. * Begin technical discussion on how to enable coexistence between various 802 technologies in the shared TV white space spectrum Steve Shellhammer has led a very active ad hoc in this area. I believe they are still active. You can find the most recent post at: https://mentor.ieee.org/802-sg-whitespace/file/09/sg-whitespace-09-0029- 02-0000-coexistence-scenarios.ppt Steve has run some straw polls on possible recommendations in the area of coexistence. A couple seemed to have sufficient support to become recommendations of the ECSG, but have not been voted yet. * Prepare a Tutorial for March Plenary I have been leading ad hoc activities to prepare for the March Tutorial. The current draft agenda with planned presenters is attached. Note that there is so much relevant material that people wanted to present it did not seem that a single tutorial slot was enough. The Chair of IEEE 802 was kind enough to provide an additional hour, but we still could not cover all the material within that time. So a second tutorial with additional material is being planned for July. The first 1.5 hours (a standard tutorial slot) of the March Tutorial will focus on reporting out on the tasks assigned to the ECSG. It is recommended that all EC members attend (or at least review) the material presented there. The last hour will cover some of the existing standards activities currently looking at TV Whitespaces, and report out on the Whitespace security ad hoc that has run in conjunction with the ECSG. There were a large number of technical areas where individuals wanted to present to IEEE 802 on various aspects of Whitespace technology. But there simply isn't time. So all that material is being deferred to July. * Make recommendations to 802 EC by March 2009 on next steps While the ESCG has made a lot of progress, we have not yet made any specific recommendations on next steps. We are currently running a series of strawpolls to see where consensus may exist for specific recommendations. I do not expect any votes to be held till the teleconference before, or the week of the March plenary. Other Activities There are at least two other activities of the ECSG that require special mention: * The Whitespace security ad hoc A number of ECSG members felt that Whitespace security was a topic of special importance and formed an ad hoc lead by Alex Reznik to discuss it. The latest output from the security Ad Hoc can be found at: https://mentor.ieee.org/802-sg-whitespace/file/09/sg-whitespace-09-0026- 03-0000-security-ad-hoc-report-draft.ppt Some ECSG recommendations may result from this work. * The Electronic participation experiment Some members within the ECSG were vocal about desiring webex / teleconference access to the ECSG meetings at the wireless interim. The IEEE 802 Chair gave us permission for 'electronic participation' in the interim so long as electronic participants were not given attendance credit or voting rights. Permission was also conditioned on electronic participation being set up as an experiment with a hypothesis and metrics to see if the hypothesis holds. A hypothesis and metrics (via straw polls) were developed. The various issues associated with electronic participation were studied, and the Chair of the ECSG made a special trip to the wireless interim just to conduct the electronic participation experiment. The electronic participation experiment was conducted. A number of stawpolls were held, and the results have been presented on the Whitespace and EC reflectors. The chair has also presented his personal opinions on the experiment to the EC and ECSG. A formal presentation will be made to interested EC members at the March Plenary. That completes this report. Mat Matthew Sherman Chair, IEEE802 Whitespace ECSG BAE Systems - Electronics, Intelligence & Support (EI&S) Electronic Solutions (ES) Communication & Tactical Networks (C&TN) Office: +1 973.633.6344 Cell: +1 973.229.9520 email: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> ---------- This email is sent from the 802 Executive Committee email reflector. This list is maintained by Listserv.
Whitespace Tutorial Request Form_v2.doc
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