ERIC Number: ED415862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
The Evolution of Untethered Communications.
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC.
In response to a request from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Research Council initiated a one-year study on untethered communications in July 1996. To carry out the study, the CSTB appointed a committee of 15 wireless-technology experts, including researchers, program managers, technology developers, and users working in industry and academia. In particular, DARPA posed questions on: what industry will do on its own and when; the military requirements and needs in mobile wireless information technology; the extent to which commercial technology development will support military needs; and where DARPA can have the greatest impact in technology development or acceleration of technology development to support the military. This report presents the results of the CSTB study. In addition to answering DARPA's questions, the report explores the evolution of wireless technology, the often-fruitful synergy between commercial and military research and development efforts, and the technical challenges still to be overcome. Many examples of past ingenuity and future opportunities in wireless systems are noted. The report's five conclusions are discussed in the Executive Summary and 12 recommendations, which are discussed in detail in the text, are also outlined. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Futures (of Society), Information Industry, Information Technology, Military Organizations, Research, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications
National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Ave., NW, Box 285, Washington, DC 20055; World Wide Web: http://www.nap.edu
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC.