Together with Finnish Defence Forces, EDA has organised a Conference on Software Defined Radio dedicated to “Interoperability through joint standards and common certification”. The Conference took place on 17 and 18 November 2009 in Tuusula, Finland.
More than 70 senior decision-makers and experts from EDA’s participating Member States, the United States, OCCAR, NATO, ETSI, the Software Defined Radio Forum and from major industries attended this event. This broad participation allowed for much-appreciated open discussions between Governments, Industries and Standardization organisations.
The main achievement was the consensus on standardization work share. It was agreed that SDR standardization should be divided at least into two different “baskets”. The first basket being the public one, containing unclassified information with unlimited distribution, where Governments act mainly as observers, maybe controllers, and meanwhile the work itself is market-driven. The second “basket” includes more sensitive issues, like security and cryptographic application programming interfaces, where the governments will definitely remain in control. Further work is needed to analyse and to agree the specific contents and custodians of these “baskets”.
It was also concluded that the certification process can only be decided after the standardization process and its principles are more mature.
Opening speech by Jukka Juusti, EDA Armaments Director