As part of the Commission's ongoing efforts to protect Global Positioning System (GPS) operations, the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology, in conjunction with the International Bureau, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, will host a workshop on GPS Protection and Receiver Performance, with an emphasis on Critical Infrastructure and Public Safety uses of GPS. The workshop will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014, in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC.

The objectives of the workshop are to consider:

  • The importance of GPS operations, particularly to Critical Infrastructure and Public Safety users;
  • Benefits of multi-constellation GNSS operations;
  • Approaches to protect RNSS spectrum from neighboring transmitters;
  • GPS and GNSS receiver performance capabilities in the presence of neighboring transmitters; and
  • A comprehensive path forward to protect GPS operations from harmful interference, potentially including an industry-driven GPS device certification program and transition plan.

The tentative agenda for the workshop structure includes the following:

  • A Tutorial Session illustrating the recent growth of the wireless and GPS industries, providing information on device shipments, market segments, and other information relevant to the Panel Sessions.
     
  • Four Panel Sessions, focusing on:
    • Critical Infrastructure and Public Safety;
    • Protecting RNSS Spectrum and GNSS Operations;
    • GPS and GNSS Receiver Performance; and
    • Comprehensive path forward.

For further information on the workshop, contact Michael Ha, Office of Engineering and Technology, at (202) 418-2099 or by email: michael.ha@fcc.gov.

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