Technical Committee (TC) EMC and Radio Spectrum Matters (ERM) Activity Report 2021

Chair: Holger Butscheidt, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

Responsible for a range of radio product and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) standards and the overall co-ordination of radio spectrum matters.

ETSI’s Harmonised European Standards are developed by our members in our technical committees, with much of this work being conducted in our committee for Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (TC ERM).

Now in force across Europe, the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED) has required the revision or replacement of all ETSI’s existing related Harmonised Standards and the development of new ones. The EC’s creation of a new approval procedure for our Harmonised Standards has thus necessitated a change in ETSI’s working methods to ensure compliance with legislative requirements. In 2021, TC ERM continued to co-operate closely with the EC to optimize the efficiency of this new process, as exemplified by participation in several bi-lateral events. 

Further progress was accordingly made in creating new Harmonised Standards and making updates to existing publications. See the full list of TC ERM deliverables published since January 2021 here.

Publications of note by our working groups included: 

ERM TG11 - Wideband data systems. We published a System Reference document (SRdoc) (TR 103 665) on data transmission systems using wideband technologies in the 2,4 GHz band.

ERM TG17 - Broadcast and ancillary communications equipment.
Various parts of our multi-part Harmonised European Standard on access to radio spectrum for broadcast sound receivers were published and subsequently listed in the OJEU: Part 2 - AM (EN 303 345-2 V1.2.1); Part 3 – FM (EN 303 345-3 V1.1.1); Part 4 – DAB (EN 303 345-4 V1.1.1) and Part 5 – DRM (EN 303 345-5 V1.2.1). Our Harmonised European Standard on access to spectrum for digital terrestrial TV transmitters (EN 302 296 V2.2.1) was also published prior to listing in the OJEU. In the area of equipment for Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE), our Harmonised European Standard on access to radio spectrum for wireless microphones operating up to 3GHz (EN 300 422-1 V2.2.1) was published, anticipating delivery to the EC for listing in the OJEU. We also published an updated System Reference document (SRdoc) (TR 102 546 V2.1.1) on technical characteristics for audio PMSE equipment.

ERM TG28 - Generic Short Range Devices (SRD). Published in 2020, our Harmonised European Standard on radio equipment for Euroloop communication systems (EN 302 609) was listed in the OJEU.

ERM TG34 – Radio Frequency Identification Equipment. The revision of our Harmonised European Standard on access to radio spectrum for RFI equipment in the band 865 - 868 MHz (EN 302 208 V3.3.1) – published in 2020 – achieved citation in the OJEU.

ERM TG37 - Intelligent transport systems. We published a Technical Report (TR 103 667) on spectrum sharing between ITS-G5 and LTE-V2X ITS technologies in the 5,9 GHz band. A further Technical Report (TR 103 766) provides a pre-standardization study on co-channel co-existence between IEEE- and 3GPP- based ITS technologies in the 5,9 GHz band.

ERM TG AERO – Aeronautics. We published updated Harmonised European Standards on access to radio spectrum that were subsequently submitted to the EC for OJEU listing: Air Traffic Control PSR sensors in the S band (EN 303 364-2); and meteorological radars in the S band (EN 303 347-1), C band (EN 303 347-2) and X band (EN 303 347-3).

TC ERM TGMARINE – Maritime and Amateur Radio. We published European Standards for radio links in maritime radio location systems operating in the X band (EN 303 746) and navigation radar for inland waterways (EN 303 676). A revision of our Harmonised European Standard on access to spectrum for broadband radiolinks for ships and off-shore installations (EN 303 276 V1.2.1) achieved citation in the OJEU. We revised the first part – covering common requirements – of our European Standard on Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment in the maritime MF, MF/HF and VHF mobile service (EN 300 338-1).

ERM TGDMR - Digital Mobile Radio. Our Harmonised European Standard on access to radio spectrum for TETRA radio equipment (EN 303 758) was published, subsequently achieving listing in the OJEU. We revised the fourth part of our Technical Specification on (TS 102 361-4) on Digital Mobile Radio systems, covering DMR trunking protocol.

ERM TGUWB – Ultra Wide Band. We published revisions to two parts of our European Standard on Short Range Devices (SRD) and Ultra Wide Band (UWB), covering measurement techniques for transmitters (EN 303 883-1 V1.2.1) and receivers (EN 303 883-2 V1.2.1). Our updated Harmonised European Standard on Ground- and Wall-Probing Radio determination (GPR/WPR) devices (EN 302 066 V2.2.1) achieved citation in the OJEU. We also published a System Reference document (SRdoc) (TR 103 730) on low frequency microwave security scanners (MWSSc) in the 3,6 - 12,4 GHz band.

ERM WGEMC – Electro Magnetic Compatibility. We continued revisions to various parts of our ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for radio equipment and services. Harmonised European Standards EN 301 489-4 V3.3.1, EN 301 489-20 V2.2.1, EN 301 489-12 V3.2.1, EN 301 489-50 V2.3.1, and EN 301 489-52 V1.2.1 were published and submitted to the EC for citation in the OJEU under the RED. 

Throughout the year TC ERM maintained its co-operation with the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), in particular in the area of smart/connected devices where the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements for the base machine need to be reconciled with EMC requirements for the radio elements providing the connectivity. We have continued to work actively with CENELEC to align processes in order to support and homogeneous single market, in support of competition and innovation.

An additional focus during 2021 has been given to the approaching new CyberSecurity regulation – namely the Delegated Act and Standardisation Request for Article 3.3 d/e/f of the RED resulting in potential new Harmonised Standards – where intensive exchange with TC CYBER and TC RRS together with CEN and CENELEC is ongoing. 

TC ERM Work Items in development
In 2022, the continued focus of TC ERM is development and revision of various Harmonised Standards, technical specifications, technical reports and system reference documents, including those in relation to: 

  • Multiple Gigabit Wireless Systems (MGWS)
  • Networked Short Range Devices (SRD)
  • SRDs using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technology
  • Radio equipment operating below 9 kHz
  • Robotic mowers
  • Wireless power transmission
  • Wideband transmission systems
  • UWB systems including ground- and wall-probing radio determination; Level Probing Radar (LPR); tracking; keyless entry systems; generic UWB communications
  • Radiodetermination equipment
  • Wireless Industrial Applications (WIA)
  • Ultra Low Power wireless medical capsule cameras
  • Metal sensors
  • Security scanners
  • C-ITS communications
  • Vehicular radar; automotive and surveillance radar equipment
  • Ground Based Synthetic Aperture Radar (GBSAR)
  • Primary Surveillance Radar
  • Wide Area Multilateration (WAM)
  • Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS)
  • Data Link Services (DLS)
  • Airport Surface Data Link (AeroMACS)
  • VHF air-ground Digital Link (VDL)
  • Euroloop railway systems
  • Marine radar, positioning systems and survival location devices
  • Maritime Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
  • Inland waterways navigation radar
  • Digital Terrestrial TV transmitters and receivers
  • DAB and DRM transmitters
  • AM/FM broadcast sound receivers
  • Active antennas for broadcast reception
  • Wireless microphones/audio PMSE systems
  • Inductive loop systems for the hearing impaired
  • Avalanche beacon equipment for buried people
  • Meteorological radar
  • Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) systems
  • Land Mobile Service broadband radio for Public Protection and Disaster Relief
  • EMC
  • Measurement and testing

See the full list of current TC ERM Work Items here.