IEEE 1900.6

IEEE 1900.6 Working Group on Spectrum Sensing Interfaces and Data Structures for Dynamic Spectrum Access and other Advanced Radio Communication Systems

The baseline standard of the IEEE 1900.6 Working Group, IEEE 1900.6-2011, was published in April 2011. It can be obtained at:

The first amendment standard for IEEE 1900.6-2011, IEEE 1900.6a-2014 on the topic of “Procedures, Protocols and Data Archive Enhanced Interfaces”, was published in June 2014. It can be obtained at:

Since August 2014, IEEE 1900.6 has been working on a new project:

  • IEEE 1900.6b: Standard for Spectrum Sensing Interfaces and Data Structures for Dynamic Spectrum Access and other Advanced Radio Communication Systems. Spectrum Database Interfaces Amendment. (PAR)

Call for Participation in IEEE 1900.6b

IEEE 1900.6 considers interfaces and data structures supporting spectrum sensing information exchange, applicable to distributed spectrum sensing scenarios. IEEE 1900.6 has recently initiated a new standards project, IEEE P1900.6b, on the topic of the use of spectrum sensing information to support spectrum databases. This encompasses, for example, the geolocation databases that are currently a key area of work in TV white spaces, under the FCC’s 3.5GHz three-tier small cells proposal, and under a number of implementations/trials of the Licensed Shared Access concept. The aim of this new standard is to enhance the performance and capabilities of spectrum databases through the use of spectrum sensing information.

Spectrum databases are a mandatory part of many spectrum sharing systems, and the dominant technical solution supporting TV white spaces. Methods to improve the optimality of spectrum databases are needed. Taking TV white spaces spectrum databases as an example, such improvements might allow the databases: (i) to verify their correct operation using the spectrum sensing information, (ii) to optimize their algorithms and calculations, and (iii) to reliably detect additional white space, through better knowledge of local context information. These are among various other potential benefits. Further, there are also considerations regarding the efficiency of database accesses, which could be enhanced though appropriate use of sensing information to support spectrum databases.

A range of stakeholders will benefit from this amendment standard. Regulators will benefit through the use of the standard to enhance the efficiency, reliability and robustness of their spectrum databases, as well as enhancing socio-economic impact through making more white space available. Operators or spectrum rights holders will benefit through greater spectrum availability, and through reliable enhancements to their in-house spectrum databases that might support concepts such as Licensed Shared Access. End-users will benefit through enhancements to wireless communications capacity and coverage, as well as reduced interference. Manufacturers will benefit through their spectrum sensing systems and associated logical procedures being able to feed spectrum databases, increasing the market for spectrum sensing solutions. Finally, the standard will increase the market for wireless communications devices in general.

If you are interested in participating in this new IEEE standard project, please email the Chair of IEEE 1900.6, copying the Secretary – the email addresses for both Chair and Secretary are in the links foot of this web page. Alternatively, to mark your interest in this project and join the mailing list for IEEE 1900.6, go to and sign in to “myProject” with your IEEE credentials, click on “Manage Activity Profile”, search “1900.6”, tick the Working Group “COM/DySPAN-SC/DYSPAN-P1900.6” as well as the Project “COM/DySPAN-SC/DYSPAN-P1900.6/1900.6b”, then click “Continue” and follow the further prompted steps to complete your selection.

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Oliver Holland, PhD
IEEE 1900.6 Working Group Chair

Bernd Bochow
IEEE 1900.6 Working Group Vice-Chair

Konstantinos Katzis, PhD
IEEE 1900.6 Working Group Secretary