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The Road to Smart Vehicles: An Industry Review of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

April 10, 2012

The Emerging Wireless SIG Presents… 

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In an effort to make our roads and vehicles smarter and safer, the FCC allocated an allotment of 75 MHz of spectrum in 5.9 GHz for Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC), intended for use in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). The objective is the ability of Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-roadside communications (in combination referred to as V2X), enabling a range of features to warn drivers of upcoming dangers. The US Government, system manufacturers and car manufacturers have been collaborating for many years to develop standards for communications, which efforts have been concentrated within IEEE 802.11p and IEEE 1609. Progress is reflected in various field trial deployments around the country.In our upcoming event, we will review wireless technologies and standards for V2X communications, trials and other developments to date, and expectations of Intelligent Transportation Systems in the future, providing both a system manufacturer and car manufacturer perspective.

Justin McNew
Vice President, ITS Strategy & Comercialization, Kapsch TrafficCom Inc.

Justin McNew is Vice President of ITS Strategy and Commercialization with Kapsch TrafficCom. McNew has 15 years experience in the wireless industry, with a strong focus on developing emerging technology concepts to realization. He filed 10 patents covering wireless and location technologies and certain ITS applications. Prior companies include TechoCom, where McNew founded the Mobility Solutions division (subsequently acquired by Kapsch), and Motorola Cellular Infrastructure Group. He been involved with the development of 5.9 GHz DSRC for over 10 years, and authored significant portions of the recently published standards
John Kenney
Sr. Research Manager, Toyota InfoTechnology Center, USA

John Kenney is a Senior Research Manager at the Toyota InfoTechnology Center in Mountain View, CA, where he directs a wireless communication research group.  He represents Toyota in the Vehicle Safety Communications (VSC) consortium and in several international standards organizations.  His particular research interests are in communication protocols and channel congestion control.  Prior to his work at Toyota ITC, he spent more than 20 years researching telecommunications and Internet technologies for Tellabs, and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.  He holds BSEE and Ph.D. degrees from Notre Dame and an MSEE degree from Stanford University.

Jasper Bruinzeel
VP, Wi4Net
A wireless industry veteran, Bruinzeel is an expert on WiFi and WiMAX technologies, and has played an important role in the adoption of wireless broadband solutions and video surveillance applications with municipalities and public safety organizations. Mr. Bruinzeel has held executive positions with various technology leaders and wireless start-ups, such as Alvarion, NEC, Tachyon and SkyGate. Mr. Bruinzeel holds an MSEE degree from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) and an MBA degree from San Diego State University.

Peter Pardee, VP Business Development, Hughes Network Systems, LLC & Board Director, CommNexus
David Readman, Consultant
Jason Ellis, Staff Manager, Business Development, Qualcomm
Jasper Bruinzeel, Vice President, Market & Sales, CelPlan Technologies, Inc.
Dave Ahlgren, President, AhlTek Entree Wireless
Vivek Shah, Systems Architect, Motorola
Prof. Tara Javidi, UCSD
Ariela Zeira, Ph.D, VP, InterDigital Communications, LLC

April 10th, 2012

5:30PM Registration/Networking/Refreshments
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends


12531 High Bluff Drive, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92130

Pre-Registration: (Please pre-register by noon on 4/9/12)
$10.00 – CommNexus Sponsor
$20.00 – Non-Sponsor
FREE –  Mentor Sponsor

At the Door:
$20.00 – CommNexus Sponsor
$30.00 – Non-Sponsor
FREE –  Mentor Sponsor

Students, Military & Press: FREE

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