Technical Regulation Conformity Evaluation System for Software Defined Radio

Yasuo SUZUKI  Koji ODA  Ryoichi HIDAKA  Hiroshi HARADA  Tatsuaki HAMAI  Tokihiko YOKOI  

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IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E86-B   No.12   pp.3392-3400
Publication Date: 2003/12/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Software Defined Radio Technology and Its Applications)
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regulation,  radio law,  security system,  software defined radio (SDR),  technical regulation conformity evaluation system,  security architecture,  

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Summary: 
Interest in the regulatory issues for Software Defined Radio (SDR) is spreading worldwide since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently recognized SDR and created a new category for SDR authorization. SDR technology will bring enormous benefits to the field of wireless services. However, in order to ensure such benefits, revisions of the radio law and/or related ordinances are required regardless of standardization of the software downloading and other implementation details. In order to define the issues peculiar to SDR and to investigate how conformity evaluation should be conducted for radio equipments whose RF characteristics can be altered by software changes in the field, "Study Group on Software Technology for Radio Equipment" was organized by the Telecom Engineering Center (TELEC) in 2000. This paper summarizes a report of the Study Group that was published in March 2003 including the proposal for "Technical regulation conformity evaluation system," the principal output of the study, which proposes how to prevent unauthorized changes to radio equipment in the field.