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About business models for future SDRs: Use cases to tackle future waveform portability issues during procurement

: Singh, S.; Adrat, M.; Antweiler, M.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
Military Communications and Information Systems Conference, MCC 2013 : 7th - 9th October 2013, St. Malo, France
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2013
ISBN: 978-83-934848-4-3
ISBN: 978-83-934848-8-1 (Print)
Military Communications and Information Systems Conference (MCC) <14, 2013, St. Malo>
Fraunhofer FKIE

Software Defined Radios (SDRs) are increasingly getting accepted in the military domain all over the world. With time, new nations are also continuously getting interested in the SDR technology and looking at various SDR programs and procurement models adopted by other nations till now. Focusing on the new entrants in the SDR market, the Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnF) has recently released a report, illustrating the different programs running in various nations in the SDR domain. It also presents the various players involved in different business models and the roles they play with the help of several use cases. However, the focus of the report is on the actual procurement process. Complementing the WInnF report, this paper aims to provide the new entrants in the SDR market, additional food for thought and to remind them about their future plans of possible waveform portability. It discusses tackling of some portability issues at the procurement level. The paper presents three possible business procurement models which new entrants can adopt depending on their individual requirements. In addition to that, the paper also lists a number of questions in a Questions Catalogue focusing on waveform portability which the procurement agencies could ask different players in the market before starting the procurement process. The list is not intended to be a complete list but aims to provide some of the important questions to be considered during the procurement process.