America News: IEEE completes fourth 'Wave' radio communication standard

America News:  IEEE completes fourth 'Wave' radio communication standard

The IEEE has approved IEEE 1609.3™, “Trial-Use Standard for Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments (WAVE) – Networking Services” – part of a standards family to support vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside communications.

The standard defines services at the network and transport layers to support this wireless connectivity.

WAVE technology (Dedicated Short Range Communications or DSRC) operates at 5.9 GHz, and will complement cell phones by offering high data rates.

IEEE 1609 standards provide a radio communication component to support the US Dept of Transportation's Vehicle-Infrastructure Initiative and Intelligent Transportation System program. These trial-use standards are scheduled to be updated based on experience and should become full-use standards in 2008 or 2009. Three other IEEE 1609 standards have been approved:

  • IEEE 1609.1™ – “Trial-Use Standard for Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments (WAVE) – Resource Manager”, which describes the flow of the command-response interchange between multiple remote applications and the resource manager.
  • IEEE 1609.2™ – “Trial-Use Standard for Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments – Security Services for Applications and Management Messages”, which covers methods to make WAVE messages secure.
  • IEEE 1609.4™ – “Trial Use Standard for Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments (WAVE) – Multichannel Operation”, which provides an interface to the medium access control of the communication stack and provides for multi-channel operation versus the single channel of IEEE 802.11p™.

A fifth standard, IEEE P1609.0™, is underway as an architecture document that will give an overview of WAVE systems and their components and operation, as well as a context to better understand the content of other WAVE standards and IEEE 802.11™ (WAVE mode).


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