LPRA Radio Solutions 2015

The Low Power Radio Association (LPRA) Radio Solutions Conference 2015 took place on 10 and 11 March 2015 in the headquarters of ETSI in Sophia Antipolis, France.


Objectives of this conference

LPRA Radio Solutions 2015A special Radio Solutions Conference was held to celebrate 25 years of Low Power Radio Association (LPRA).  The conference covered topics such as the new legislation in the Radio Equipment Directive, but it also highlighted both current and emerging technologies, including a wide range of fields from medical, industrial to RFID, with papers presented by a range of recognized & qualified specialists in their respective fields. For the first time, the conference also included a case study on the key role played by wireless technology in the wastewater industry, which is one of the most challenging sectors. 

Attendees also had the opportunity to visit LPRA Members' exhibition stands (Microwave Solutions Ltd, Radio Data Networks Ltd, Real Wireless).

The conference topics:

  • Goodby R&TTE
  • White space
  • Medical 2020
  • Smart Highway
  • Muck is money
  • A U.S.A. perspective
  • 900MHz SRD spectrum
  • Spectrum compliance in the Middle East
  • LTE vs SRDs
  • RFID update
  • The Internet of Things
  • A common language for the Internet of Things
  • Li-Fi

Target audience

  • Wireless Technology Sector
  • CEOs and Managing Directors
  • Chief Technical Officers
  • New and existing users of Radio Communications
  • Standardisation
  • Quality Control
  • Regulatory Approval and Compliance.

10 March

Agenda Day 1

13:00 Registration - Welcome Coffee
SESSION 1 Chair: John Falck, Chairman ERM-TG34
14:00 Welcome address
Mike Sharpe, Director Spectrum and Equipment Regulation ETSI
14:05 Welcome address
Saad Mezzour, Chairman of the LPRA
14:10 Opening Address
Mike Sharpe, Director Spectrum and Equipment Regulation ETSI
14:30 Goodbye R&TTE
Simon Hindle, TRaC Global
15:00 RED (Radio Equipment Directive) Compliance Challenges - Industry Round Table
Moderator: Saad Mezzour, LPRA Chairman
-  Robin Donoghue, Ofcom
-  Simon Hindle, TRaC Global
-  Philippe Magneron, LPRA
-  Mike Sharpe, ETSI
15:30 Coffee & Networking Break
SESSION 2 Chair: John Hallatt, Microwave Solutions Ltd
16:00 Wireless Medical Devices and ETSI
Saad Mezzour, Chairman of the LPRA
16:30 White Spaces and Sharing
Joe Butler, Director of Spectrum Technology Policy, Ofcom
17:00 Muck is Brass - How SRD Wireless Technology has helped to reduce pollution and achieve regulatory compliance in the European Wastewater Sector
Brian Back, British Water
17:30 Networking Cocktail

11 March

Agenda Day 2

SESSION 3 Chair: Brian Back, British Water
09:00 Spectrum Update
Olivier Pellay, ANFR
09:30 900 MHZ SRD Spectrum
Robin Donoghue, Ofcom
10:00 Spectrum Compliance in the Middle East and Far East
Jacques Hulshof, Nedap N.V.
10:30 Coffee & Networking Break
SESSION 4 Chair: Philippe Magneron, IGNES
11:00 SRDs operating in the 868MHz Band with adjacent LTE
Mary O'Keeffe, Analog Devices
11:30 Update on RFID
John Falck, Chairman ERM-TG34
12:00 LiFi: The Next Tier of Mobile Communications
Harald Burchardt, Pure LiFi
12:30 Lunch & Networking Break
SESSION 5 Chair: Saad Mezzour, LPRA Chairman
14:00 SIGFOX, the global cellular network dedicated to small messages for the IoT
Jacques Husser, Sigfox
14:30 LINKY Smart Meter Communication with Home Area Network
Philippe Magneron, IGNES (Industries du Génie Numérique Energétique et Sécuritaire)
15:00 Smart Highways – Rethinking "the customer"
Tim Gammons, Director, Arup
15:30 Wash Up
Saad Mezzour, LPRA Chairman
16:00 Coffee & End of LPRA Radio Solutions 2015


Brian Back, British WaterBrian Back, British Water
Mr Brian Back is a founder member of the Low Power Radio Association and has spent over 25-years pioneering the application of both SRD and Licenced Radio technology across a wide range of industry sectors from rail to water.
Some of his most notable projects have been the design and deployment of Europe’s first wide area integrated AMR network for water which was deployed in Paris in 2002. Further in 2003 the UK he was responsible for the Worlds first real time rail temperature monitoring system and finally in more recent years has established Europe’s largest fixed real-time sewer monitoring system that now spans South East England and the Channel Islands.

 Dr Joe Butler, OFCOMDr Joe Butler, OFCOM
Joe is the Technical Director in Ofcom’s Spectrum Policy group where he is responsible for the group’s technical work and technology policy. Joe is an engineer with 20 years of experience in the field of radio engineering, technology and software. His recent work at Ofcom has included being technical director for the UK 4G spectrum auction, leading Ofcom’s work on Public Sector Spectrum Release & TV White Spaces dynamic spectrum access. He has also worked in Ofcom’s Technology Strategy team where he managed a programme of technology research. Prior to Ofcom Joe worked in radar system design and also in a number of technology start-up companies in the UK and New Zealand. Joe has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from UCL. 

Dr. Harald Burchardt, pureLiFi Ltd.Dr. Harald Burchardt, pureLiFi Ltd.
Dr. Harald Burchardt is currently the Chief Operating Officer for pureLiFi Ltd. During his time, he has worked with major companies to assist them in integrating Li-Fi technology, along with the development and implementation of business development, sales and marketing strategies. His experience includes DoCoMo Euro-Labs and Rohde & Schwarz GmbH in Munich. He holds two patents and has filed three more in the field of communications engineering. He has a BSc in electrical engineering and computer science from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, an MSc in communications engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany and a PhD in digital communications from the University of Edinburgh.

Robin Donoghue, OfcomRobin Donoghue, Project Manager for SRD, UK Regulator Ofcom
Robin is an Engineer and is responsible for managing the regulations in the UK that govern the use of SRD.  This involves seeking out new and innovative ways to allow greater sharing of the radio spectrum.
Robin has been with Ofcom since its formation in 2003.  Before that he spent 20 years with the UK military, as a Test Engineer, a Project Officer installing avionics systems onto aircraft and finally as the UK military’s Engineering Authority for in-service airborne radar.

falckJohn Falck, Vice-Chair, Low Power Radio Association / ERM-TG34 Chairman
John Falck is the Vice Chairman of the Low Power Radio Association. In addition he is chairman of ERM-TG34 within the European Telecommunications Institute (ETSI) where he is responsible for the development of regulatory standards for RFID at UHF. He continues to lead the on-going development of the successful harmonised standard for RFID, EN 302 208. This involves regularly participating at meetings of ETSI, the ECC and the EC. 
As co-founder of Cotag International in 1979 John Falck is one of the early pioneers of RFID. Following the acquisition of Cotag in ‘97 he set up his own independent consultancy specialising in RFID. In addition to his work in ETSI and ECC he has undertaken a wide range of assignments including market studies, acting as an expert witness, specifications for new products, technical investigations, advice on compliance for new products and support of a more general nature.

Tim GammonTim Gammons, Director of Intelligent Transport Solutions Business, Arup
Tim is a Director of Arup’s Intelligent Transport Solutions Business and regularly promotes Arup’s innovative approach to transport solutions at International Conferences.  He has over 25 years’ experience in the planning, design, operation and project management of Intelligent Transport Systems and control systems for the inter-urban and urban environment.  In particular this experience includes strategy development, feasibility studies, business cases, research and development, contract administration and programme control. 
He spent several years in research and development of control systems before moving to the UK Government’s Highways Agency. Since 1995 he has been consulting on ITS project planning, implementation and operation in the UK and overseas.  He is currently leading Arup’s participation in the development of a multi-modal pre-trip and on-trip travel application to bring together data sources and make them available to data analytics and the app community to drive a step-change in multi-modal travel services.
He is currently Honorary Secretary of ITS-UK’s Smart Environment Interest Group which focuses on transport’s impact on the environment and the potential to introduce new technologies to make improvements and a member of the IETs Transport Executive.

Dr. Simon Hindle, Principal Radio Engineer, TRaC Global
With a PhD and first-class honours degree in Electronics and Communications, Simon enables the integration of radio solutions into a wide variety of products. Having worked in the radio industry for the majority of his career, Simon has an in-depth knowledge of radio parameters and design that ensures TRaC customers get the guidance they need. Simon focuses on early engagement, discussing requirements and developing coherent test and compliance strategies to meet the regional rules and regulations for global market access

After having spent 5 years with Hewlett-Packard as a Program Manager in charge of Global Networking Products and Services, Jacques HUSSER joined the Atral Group in 1990, a leading company in the field of Residential and Commercial Security dedicated to Wireless technologies. He subsequently held different positions within the company as R&D Director, Sales & Marketing Director and General Manager.
After the acquisition of Atral in 2004 by the Hager Group, a 1.5 billion euros leading company specializing in Electrical Protection and Building Automation, Jacques Husser was nominated Vice-President of the Security Division and was in charge of developing the group business in Europe. In 2013 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer at SIGFOX, a global cellular network dedicated to low-throughput communications for connected objects headquartered in Toulouse (France).
He received an engineering degree from ESEO (Ecole d’Electronique de l’Ouest) and a master’s degree from ENST (Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications).

Philippe MAGNERON, IGNESPhilippe Magneron, IGNES ((Industries du Génie Numérique Energétique et Sécuritaire) 
Philippe Magneron is an RF engineer. He has 20 years of experience in PMR, Home Automation and Wireless Alarm designs. Philippe is currently in charge of RF Standards, Technologies and Regulations for Hager Group. He is Vice chairman of ETSI ERM TG28 in charge of Short Range Devices. He is involved in Smart metering and Smart grid activities at European and National level.  In 2014, he became president of Smart Electric Lyon project Technical Team.
He is also an LPRA council member.


MezzourDr Saad Mezzour, Chairman of the LPRA
Dr Saad Mezzour holds a PhD in microelectronics from the University of Lille-France and works from the Medtronic Tolochenaz office in Switzerland, reporting to the Vice President Corporate Regulatory Affairs as Director Corporate Regulatory Affairs. His background is in Radio Telecommunications technologies through various experiences within industries such as Philips Semiconductors, ST Microelectronics and France Telecom.  Saad is responsible for leading the Global New and Changing Requirements (NCR) Program, and for establishing and maintaining a global standards and Telecom program.  He is the chairman of the LPRA (1) representing the interests of the Short Range Devices (SRD) industry for different market sectors such as Medical, RFID, Transport, Telemetry and Buildings. He is also the chairman of ETSI (2) ERM-TG30 responsible for the development of European Radio and EMC standards for Wireless Medical Devices
(1) LPRA is the Low Power Radio Association aimed to develop, promote and preserve the interests of all members and provide a better understanding of the SRD industry within the European community. http://lpra.org/
(2) ETSI is the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, an independent, non-profit organization, whose mission is to produce telecommunications standards for today and for the future. http://www.etsi.org  

OKeeffeMary O’Keeffe, Analog Devices
Mary O’Keeffe has a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Limerick, Ireland. She has more than 25 years of experience working in the semiconductor industry where she has held in various roles including Quality and Product Engineering. Mary currently works as an Applications Engineer focused on sub GHz and 2.4GHz SRD applications. This involves engagements across a range of industries from Smart Metering to Home control. Additionally, Mary has more recently become involved in European standards activities such as those within the ETSI TG28 Working Group.

Olivier Pellay, ANFROlivier Pellay (France, Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR))
Olivier is an Engineer graduated from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers – Paris (France). He has been employed in ANFR for over 15 years. During 10 years, he developed his experience in frequency spectrum monitoring activities. He is currently engaged in frequency management in France in the field of Short Range Devices (SRD) and other licence-exempt radio devices including RFID and UWB devices. In this regard he is involved in relevant ITU-R, CEPT and ETSI activities in order to adapt frequency spectrum regulations for SRDs to respond to new needs and frequency usage challenges while taking into account new technologies.

SharpeMichael Sharpe, ETSI
Michael Sharpe received his PhD from the University of Essex in the UK.  Since then, he has worked at BBC Television, Ford Motor Company and the UK Radiocommunications Agency before joining ETSI in 1995.  At ETSI he has occupied several roles, including Vice-President of ETSI Standardisation Projects, Director of Technical Strategy and most recently Director of Spectrum and Equipment Regulation.
In his current role, Michael Sharpe is responsible for ensuring effective co-operation of ETSI’s technical activities with the work of key regulatory bodies and partner standards bodies at the National, European and Global level.  His current priorities include working with the European Commission to ensure the smooth introduction of the Radio Equipment Directive, and the continuing close co-operation with CEPT and the Commission Radio Spectrum Unit to ensure that ETSI Harmonized Standards and Regulations on radio frequency use are developed in a co-ordinated and effective manner.