Attacks/Breaches
9/24/2010
12:43 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Spectrum Bridge Trials Show Promise Of 'White Spaces'

Four deployments, in Calif., N.C., Ohio, and Va., point to the versatility and power of the broadband technology approved by the FCC Thursday.

In N.C., Spectrum Bridge found that the propagation power of white space frequencies enabled a system to be built with fewer towers. The application monitors wetlands around Wilmington at a much lower cost than using fiber. "We've identified different ways to show how white spaces can be used in smart city applications," said Schmidt.

In the Hocking Valley, Ohio, Community Hospital installations, Spectrum Bridge utilized Airspan Networks' WiMax technology and Google software to deliver advanced telemedicine to users. The installation demonstrated the easy use of data transfer between first responder vehicles and the hospital, while, in the hospital the technology was able to easily penetrate walls that couldn't be breached using older wireless technologies. The application was also utilized for video surveillance purposes.

Spectrum Bridge's partnership with the Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative in Calif. represented the creation of a small smart grid. The trial also demonstrated that broadband can be provided inexpensively to rural inhabitants in scattered locations.

One interesting takeaway from the Spectrum Bridge trials is evidence that WiMax can be useful when linked with white spaces. Schmidt said WiMax gear can be rebranded to work with the newer technology and products should be ready for marketing as early as the first half of 2011.

The missing white space link is the database that monitors spectrum to guide users toward free bands. "It's like an air traffic control system," said Schmidt. "You need a database to keep broadband users from interfering with each other. When a (user) device is turned on, you need a channel map."

Once the final green light is given by the FCC, Schmidt expects to see a rush by vendors to create white space products and services. He predicts fixed high-power wireless installations will begin appearing early next year. "I look for consumer devices with radios embedded in laptops and PDAs to appear in 2012," he added.

At the FCC meeting Thursday, chairman Genachowski noted one analyst was predicting that white spaces apps could generate more than $7 billion in annual economic value.

For Further Reading

FCC Approves 'White Spaces'

FCC Hopes White Spaces Vote Appeases Critics

FCC Chairman Backs Use Of White Spaces

Previous
2 of 2
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Flash Poll
Current Issue
Cartoon
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-5104
Published: 2014-07-28
Multiple SQL injection vulnerabilities in ol-commerce 2.1.1 allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary SQL commands via the (1) a_country parameter in a process action to affiliate_signup.php, (2) affiliate_banner_id parameter to affiliate_show_banner.php, (3) country parameter in a process action ...

CVE-2014-5105
Published: 2014-07-28
Multiple cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in ol-commerce 2.1.1 allow remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the (1) a_country parameter in a process action to affiliate_signup.php or (2) entry_country_id parameter in an edit action to admin/create_account.php.

CVE-2014-5106
Published: 2014-07-28
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Invision Power IP.Board (aka IPB or Power Board) 3.4.x through 3.4.6 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the HTTP Referer header to admin/install/index.php.

CVE-2014-5107
Published: 2014-07-28
concrete5 before 5.6.3 allows remote attackers to obtain the installation path via a direct request to (1) system/basics/editor.php, (2) system/view.php, (3) system/environment/file_storage_locations.php, (4) system/mail/importers.php, (5) system/mail/method.php, (6) system/permissions/file_types.ph...

CVE-2014-5108
Published: 2014-07-28
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in single_pages\download_file.php in concrete5 before 5.6.3 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the HTTP Referer header to index.php/download_file.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Sara Peters hosts a conversation on Botnets and those who fight them.