Group works on wireless coexistence standardization

By Control Engineering Staff May 24, 2006

The IEEE 802.19 Wireless Coexistence Technical Advisory Group (TAG) continues development of a recommended practice on methods for assessing the coexistence of wireless networks. The document is expected to define recommended wireless coexistence metrics and the methods for computing them, as well as various wireless coexistence scenarios.

“Industry continues to develop new standards and specifications for wireless networks that operate in the same frequency bands as other wireless networks,” says Paul Nikolich, chair of the IEEE 802(R) Local Area and Metropolitan Area Network Standards Committee. “IEEE 802, for instance, has multiple working groups developing wireless networks standards for systems that share frequency bands. The recommended practice to be created by the IEEE 802.19 TAG will help IEEE 802 working groups and the rest of the industry assess the performance of new wireless technologies and those now deployed in shared frequency bands.”

Steve Shellhammer, chair of the IEEE 802.19 Technical Advisory Group, adds that “The IEEE 802.19 TAG continues its work to meet the evolving needs of the public and industry. This project addresses the call for standardized methods to evaluate how effectively wireless networks coexist.”

The TAG document (expected to be published in 2008) is IEEE 802.19, “Recommended Practice for Information Technology—Telecommunications and Information Exchange between systems–Local and Metropolitan networks—Specific requirements—Part 19: Methods for assessing coexistence of wireless networks.” IEEE 802.19 Wireless Coexistence Technical Advisory Group develops and maintains IEEE 802 policies on the coexistence of new IEEE 802 wireless standards. It performs technical reviews of coexistence assurance documents on such standards and develops recommended practices on methods for assessing the coexistence of wireless networks.

— Richard Phelps, senior editor, Control Engineering