New radio technology allows adaption through software instead of hardware
| 08.24.2007 | 10:57:35 | Views: 2927 | ID:
August 24 '07: A new type of technology platform is now available to first responders which would allow changes to communications equipment to be done through software upgrades instead of having to replace hardware, Emerging Technology reported. The technology, called software-defined-radio will be able to change frequency capabilities using a program that can be changed on -the-fly.
Oleg Panfilov, the chief science officer at the communications technology development company Terocelo said the new SDR technology will create "a communications computer," inside a radio. "The system is capable of converting signals from the antenna to digital form and the [handset] becomes independent of frequency bands."Allowing that kind of freedom could mean more money would be available for preparedness programs for state and local governments. In April this year, the Government Accountability Office released a report looking into the costs and challenges still facing the country's responder communities to create interoperable networks. In the report, the GAO found that just with changing radios from analogue to an interoperable system such as Project 25 just for Arlington County, Virginia could cost as much as $16.8 million. With SDR technology, systems could change just by adding new software, dramatically reducing costs.
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