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Newsletter


June 2019


IN THIS ISSUE


INTRODUCTION


Dear Respected Colleagues,

The WiMAX Forum with the collaboration and participation of its Board of Directors, Member Companies, Working Group Representatives, and industry leaders, continues to produce important work to increase awareness, support and advance the Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communication System (AeroMACS), WiGRID, and the WiMAX technology.

Last month, the WiMAX Forum President Declan Byrne participated at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Trust Framework Study Group (TFSG) first meeting in Montreal, Quebec. The study group will develop policy, guidance and a transition strategy for a global interoperable framework that will enable trusted ground-ground, air-ground and air-air exchange of information among all current and prospective aviation stakeholders.

Also, in May, at the Internet of Things World in Santa Clara, California, the WiMAX Forum Chairman, Dr. Mo Shakouri participated with other industry experts at the Panel - Connectivity is Crucial to Saving Lives, and highlighted the features of IEEE 802.16s and WiGRID. The conference agenda included keynotes and tracks covering industrial and consumer verticals, and technical focused sessions.

This month, on June 6, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to adopt a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing service rules for the Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communication System, better known as AeroMACS. The NPRM proposes specific technical and licensing rules that are required before commercial AeroMACS operations can become routine at U.S. airports. To read the WiMAX Forum Statement on the FCC Proposal for Commercial AeroMACS Operations, please click here.

On June 17-21, the WiMAX Forum and Member Companies CelPlan Technologies, Ondas Networks and Siemens participated at the UTC Telecom & Technology Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Participation included exhibition, meetings, presentations, sponsorship and more.

IEEE 802.16 Meeting

On June 18, WiMAX Forum Member Company, Ondas Networks hosted an IEEE 802.16 Meeting collocated with the UTC Telecom & Technology Conference. If you have missed the meeting and would like to receive more information, please email Alessandra.Rocha@WiMAXForum.org for more information.

To foster a prosperous environment and future for the WiMAX ecosystem, the WiMAX Forum with the participation of our Member Companies will host, attend, and participate globally with speakers in key industry events. Through our events, speaking opportunities, seminars, and webinars, we are reaching out to diverse audiences in the WiMAX community. We will continue to increase awareness of, educate, and meet with industry leaders worldwide regarding implementing and developing WiMAX, AeroMACS, and WiGRID networks in ways that will best serve all stakeholders. Our focus has been to share key lessons, concrete knowledge, and work together for the benefit of the industry.

Our involvement in these events has proven to be the right strategy, fostering a prosperous environment and future for the WiMAX ecosystem. We are seeing concrete results from our activities in the industrial markets particularly through AeroMACS and Smart Energy events, which have provided excellent exposure, reception, and engagement. For more information about our events, please visit: WiMAX Forum Events.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or comments. We at the WiMAX Forum wish you a great rest of the month and we hope to see you soon.

Best Regards,
WiMAX Forum



INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT


The WiMAX Forum maintains a bustling schedule of public appearances, white paper publications, webinars, and press releases on behalf of our industry. Below you can find the most relevant activities and latest communications.

WiMAX Forum Statement on FCC Proposal for Commercial AeroMACS Operations

The WiMAX Forum® applauded today’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing service rules for the Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communication System, better known as AeroMACS. AeroMACS is a next generation airport surface communications system designed to promote safety and on-time flight performance at airports around the globe.

To read the entire press release, please click here.


WiMAX Forum: Mo Shakouri Outlines Benefits of WiGRID, AeroMACS Technologies for Private Networks

Mo Shakouri, chairman of the board for the WiMAX Forum, explains how WiGRID and AeroMACS technology are designed use licensed spectrum to let critical-infrastructure entities build mission-critical private networks as alternatives to services provided by cellular operators. Shakouri spoke with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during pre-conference activities at the IoT World event in Santa Clara, Calif.

To see the publication, please click here.



EVENTS


In the coming months, the WiMAX Forum will host, participate, attend, and support events globally. We continue our efforts to bring you quality conferences hosted by the WiMAX Forum, and we will present and participate at key industry events. The WiMAX Forum team looks forward to seeing you at these events.

Upcoming Events:

Connected Manufacturing July 29-30, 2019
Austin, TX
For more information visit:
Connected Manufacturing
Asia IoT Business Platform August 28-29, 2019
Jakarta, Indonesia
For more information visit:
Asia IoT Business Platform
Industry 4.0 Conference September 23-24, 2019
Chicago, IL
For more information visit:
Industry 4.0 Conference
IoT Solutions World Congress October 29-31, 2019
Barcelona, Spain
For more information visit:
IoT Solutions World Congress
AI World November 14-15, 2019
London, UK
For more information visit:
AI World

The WiMAX Forum plans to host and participate in other events over the course of the year. As details concerning these events are finalized, we will be certain to keep you informed. For more information about our events, please visit: WiMAX Forum Events.



MEMBERSHIP SERVICES


The WiMAX Forum Membership provides a wide range of benefits and services that promote growth and innovation of AeroMACS, WiGRID, and WiMAX technology. Only WiMAX Forum Members can certify products to guarantee interoperability and standard compliance for AeroMACS, WiGRID, and WiMAX; secure networks using Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certificates; develop technical specifications; influence favorable regulatory environments; and contribute to the growth of the industry through standards development that satisfy the market needs, among other advantages.

The WiMAX Forum would like to extend a special welcome to the new members for 2019:

The WiMAX Forum is committed to delivering the value necessary for our members to get the most from their membership, and we are always engaging with individual members to discuss how we can better serve them. If you are interested in speaking with our leadership team on our specific initiatives or have any questions, please send a message to Membership@wimaxforum.org.

The WiMAX Forum is the best place to access, leverage, and influence the growth and development of the AeroMACS, WiGRID, and WiMAX Technology. So be a leader and step up to get involved today!



WORKING GROUPS


The WiMAX Forum organizes its technical activities through a number of Working Groups that produce technical requirements, develop technical specifications, and advise the forum. The WiMAX Forum Working Groups are key to the development of WiMAX technology. The Working Groups are chartered by the WiMAX Forum to bring together content experts from member companies to collaborate and contribute to specification development, harmonize documents, and perform other tasks that the WiMAX Forum has determined to be necessary or useful.

The WiMAX Forum Working Groups are currently focused on AeroMACS, Smart Energy, product certification and various spectrum access solutions. A number of activities are scheduled and we need the help of your technical experts in these groups. It is a crucial time for your organization to influence and leverage the Working Groups activities and contribute to the development of the market. If you are interested in participating in our Working Groups, please contact us at info@WiMAXForum.org and we will be glad to speak with you about this opportunity.

The Aviation Working Group (AWG) and the AWG Certification Task Group have been making significant progress and achieving important milestones. The AWG is working on several technical projects including: AeroMACS Product Conformance Certification, AeroMACS Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), FCC AeroMACS Petition for Rulemaking, and other initiatives to support AeroMACS as the standard selected to improve the safety and regularity of flights.

WiMAX Forum Members AeroMACS manufacturers will be participating in an AeroMACS PlugFest at the AeroMACS Designated Certification Laboratory (ADCL) to achieve complete certification (Interoperability Testing (IOT), PCT and RCT) of multiple products, expected to be held in 2019, as details concerning this event are finalized, we will be certain to keep you informed.

The AWG Certification Task Group (CTG) is finalizing the IOT procedures to support AeroMACS based on current implementations to support an overall WiMAX Forum certification compliance for AeroMACS. The CTG has completed and published the WiMAX Forum® AeroMACS Test Suite Structure and Test Purposes (TSS&TP) for Protocol Conformance Testing (PCT) and Radio Conformance Testing (RCT) Specifications to confirm conformance to industry requirements.

The WiMAX Forum, ICAO and key industry stakeholders collaborate in the oversight of AeroMACS PKI for the ecosystem in the AeroMACS Advisory Council (AAC). The WiMAX Forum has partnered with Eonti to manage and implement AeroMACS PKI as the Management Authority (MA). The MA has brought on the first Certificate Authority (CA) to make AeroMACS PKI commercially available to make AeroMACS operational networks secure. An overview of the AeroMACS PKI process is available here: AeroMACS PKI Users Overview.

The Smart Energy Working Group (SEWG) next meeting will be scheduled shortly. As details concerning the next SEWG meeting are finalized, we will be certain to keep you informed.

You can learn more about the Working Group activities by visiting the member’s workspace area to view the outcomes of recent Working Group sessions or join groups to receive emails related to that group's activities. To find more information on our Working Groups, please visit: www.wimaxforum.org/Page/About/Working-Groups.

Working Group activity is integral to the success of the Forum, and your participation is important to the WiMAX community!



WiMAX FORUM NEWS

The WiMAX Forum weekly Newsbrief contains the summary of news from around the WiMAX ecosystem and is intended as a benefit to our community. If you do not yet receive the Newsbrief and wish to do so, please sign up here: WiMAX Newsbrief.

Below is a summary for the month of June:


   

Press and Analyst Contact

Alessandra Rocha
1.858.605.0978
Alessandra.Rocha@wimaxforum.org

 

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