Protocol to Access Spectrum Database

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Authors Vincent Chen  , Subir Das  , Lei Zhu  , John Malyar  , Pete McCann 
Last updated 2013-04-06 (latest revision 2012-10-03)
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Portions of the radio spectrum that are allocated to licensees are available for non-interfering use. This available spectrum is called "White Space." Allowing secondary users access to available spectrum "unlocks" existing spectrum to maximize its utilization and to provide opportunities for innovation, resulting in greater overall spectrum utilization. One approach to manage spectrum sharing uses databases to report spectrum availability to devices. To achieve interoperability among multiple devices and databases, a standardized protocol must be defined and implemented. This document defines such a protocol, the "Protocol to Access White Space database" (PAWS).


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