Fwd: FCC Mulls Wider Commercial Use of Radical Radio Technology

Tim Byars (tbyars@earthlink.net)
Mon, 21 Dec 1998 09:32:19 -0800

>The Federal Communications Commission is considering changing its
>regulations to permit the use of a radical and controversial communications
>technology that has the potential to make vastly more efficient use of the
>increasingly precious radio spectrum.
> Known variously as ultra-wide-band radio and digital pulse
>wireless, the new technology has a broad range of possible applications,
>from wireless voice and high-speed data communications to land mine
>detection and advanced radar systems that could permit law officers to see
>through walls or could aid cars in avoiding collisions.
> Despite its potential, however, the technology is not in
>widespread commercial use today
> because it would run afoul of FCC restrictions that prohibit
>radio transmissions in certain
> frequencies set aside for civilian aviation and military agencies.
> That could change if the agency agrees to proposals made earlier
>this month by three small
> companies that are pursuing the technology for a variety of
>commercial products.
> Unlike communications technologies that send information in
>analog form, ultra-wide band uses a
> digital transmission consisting of small on-off bursts of energy
>at extremely low power but over
> almost the entire radio spectrum.
> By precisely timing the pulses within accuracies up to a
>trillionth of a second, the designers of
> ultra-wide-band radio systems are able to create low-power
>communications systems that are
> almost impossible to jam, tend to penetrate physical obstacles
>easily and are almost invulnerable to eavesdropping.
>Time Domain Corp., based in Huntsville, Ala., has petitioned the FCC for a
>waiver so that by the middle of next year, it can begin selling a system
>that will permit police officers and special weapons and tactics teams to
>see through walls and doors to detect the location of people. The company
>is also planning a covert communications system that will both carry voice
>communications and display locations of a counter-terrorism or SWAT team's
>the rest:

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