Business Application Sessions

Designed for the wireless communications industry professional, these hot topic business and policy-related sessions will focus on upcoming technology application opportunities within a multitude of market sectors; while providing significant insight on the most provocative policy issues facing our industry today. Maintain your competitive edge! Participate in these value-packed, interactive business sessions to ensure your continued strategic success.

Tuesday, March 23

Wireless Visions 1: Views from Wireless Forums
Organizer and Chair: Sudhir Dixit (Nokia), Steering Board Member, WWRF
Panelists: ITU: John Visser (Nortel Networks), Chairman, ITU-T Special Study Group on "IMT-2000 and Beyond; mITF: Koehi Satoh (ARIB), Director, ARIB, Japan; DARPA XG: Todd Martin, DARPA; WWRF: Sudhir Dixit (Nokia), Steering Board Member, WWRF

Wireless Visions 2: Views from Wireless Forums
Organizer and Chair: Sudhir Dixit (Nokia), Steering Board Member, WWRF
Panelists: IEEE 802.11: Stuart J. Kerry (Philips), 802.11 Chair ; TK Tan (Philips), Chair Wireless Next Generation WG; H.C. Han (ETRI) Korea Next Generation Mobile Communication (NGMC)

Abstract for both Wireless Visions 1 & 2
The wireless vision of the future is that the voice and data networks will converge into a single packet-based mobile network to deliver all kinds of multimedia services to the user. This has required major advances in radio, mobility management, traffic management, security and identity, etc. Similarly, there is a great deal of work ongoing on human perspective, usage scenarios, service architecture, network convergence. In short, these efforts fall within the next generation wireless initiatives around the world. This session is organized to present an overview of many of these global and regional initiatives to define and develop the wireless visions of the future and the technologies to enable those visions. Speakers from the following organizations will present their visions: WWRF, mITF, ITU, DARPA, ETRI, IEEE 802.11.

Emergency Wireless Communications
Organizer and Chair: Karl Rauscher (WERT)
Panelists: Ed Hall (ATIS), Bernard Malone, III (Lucent Technologies), Jeff Goldthorp, (FCC), Adam Newman (Telcordia Technologies)

Emergency communications covers both capabilities in public networks for preferential access by emergency personnel, and dedicated emergency networks as used by fire, police, military, and medical workers. This session will include a description of the principal mechanisms already established or being developed in the wired and wireless public networks, the challenges for dedicated emergency networks - including interworking with the public networks - will also be discussed. Technical and operational issues related to the interconnection of telephony and emergency services networks. Government/industry organizations with responsibilities in these areas will be introduced.

Business Models and Technology for Public-Access WLANs
Organizer and Chair: Ruben Edwards (Lancaster University & M-ventions Ltd)
Panelist: Jazilah Jamalludin (Lancaster University) Tamara Steffens (Boingo Wireless); Steve Weinstein (CTTC Group and Columbia University)

With WiFi becoming a standard component in laptops, and increasingly common in pocket sized devices such as PDAs and even mobile phones, public-access wireless LANs are becoming an important part of the wireless services available to an increasingly techno-savvy general public. This session addresses the business and technical models, from subscription-based multi-system operators to local business and advertising that can support a viable public access WLAN infrastructure. Technologies supporting a variety of access and accounting arrangements are also described. Observations will be made on existing installations and experiences.

Wednesday, March 24

Resilient Wireless Communication Networks
Organizer and Chair: Neo Antoniades, (The City University New York)
Panelists: Jeffery Goldthorp(FCC), Inder Gopal, (Reefedge Inc) Joe Evans, (NSF), Karl Rauscher, (Lucent Technologies) and Shiv Panwar, (Polytechnic University)

This session describes the requirements, technology directions, new public policy approaches and required interfaces with the existing communications infrastructure for tomorrow's more resilient networks. "Resilient" implies capabilities for survival and maintenance of a significant level of service in the face of severe damage from accidents, intentional attacks, and natural disasters. Resilient networks must support both emergency services and the normal day-to-day communication needs of an information economy. Speakers will describe the problems being addressed including public policy issues, the desired services of a resilient networking infrastructure, the current state of the art in wireless solutions targeting the above application space, next generation wireless network architectures, government funding programs in this direction and the new approaches to "shadowing" network capabilities which essentially means changing the way that our infrastructure is used rather than investing in duplicate facilities.

Location-Based Services Applications
Organizer and chair: Maaruf Ali (Oxford Brookes Univ., U.K.)
Panelists: Michael Alger (Vodaphone R&D), John Craig (Cambridge Positioning Systems), Todd J. Thayer (Nokia-MP/Dallas, Sean Schneyer, (Ericsson Inc.)

This Business Application Session examines the deployment of Location Based Applications by the world's major mobile telecommunication companies. The invited companies will discuss their major LBS (Location Based Services) applications and how they plan to role out their services. The panelists have been chosen from both industry and academia. The technologies underpinning the various location based services and applications will be addressed along with challenges such as market assessment, overcoming user reluctance to use new services, realizing security and defining present and future user requirements. The panelist presentations will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

Thursday, March 25

Array Antennas; Next Generation Directional Antennas for MIMO, Diversity Gains
Organizer and Chair: Jim Johnson (President/CEO Myers Johnson Inc.)
Panelists: Steven L. Myers, CTO, (Myers Johnson Inc.); Blaine R. Bateman, Director of Engineering, Wireless Products Centurion Wireless Technologies

Array technologies is at the heart of MIMO technology and have been receiving a great deal of industry attention. The rich scattering within propagation environments offer opportunities for arrays to come into existence today. The panel will discuss phased arrays, diversities and steerable arrays as needed for an effective MIMO system. A discussion for application today and in the future will address the promise of improvements over existing embedded or monopole antennas. With stronger beam widths, less signal loss to the head, and mitigation of multipath interference, arrays have the capability to speed up data and reduce frame error rates. This Business Application Session explores the challenges of realizing small multiple-antenna structures and new processing elements in handheld equipment. It also addresses enhancements in performance and capacity and provides a range of applications that can be supported with these powerful new technologies. Finally, it considers transitional methods for moving from current antenna technology to full MIMO technology over the coming years.

Additional sessions are being finalized on the following topics:
• Fixed wireless access networks and services
• 3G Mobile: Technology, Experience and Prospects

Also in this section:

Program at a Glance (PDF)
Global Network Evolution
Business Application Sessions
Technical Sessions