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Emerging & Mobile Network Technologies Group


The Emerging & Mobile Network Technologies Group (EMNTG) works with the networking industry to research, develop, promote, measure, and deploy emerging networking technologies and standards that revolutionize how networks are operated and used; with special emphasis placed on mobile systems and communications. The group utilizes both analytical and empirical approaches, develops simulation models, and builds proof of concept prototypes to evaluate new technologies and refine standard specifications for networks and systems.

EMNTG assists standard developing organizations such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) by developing new test and measurement tools and metrics for next-generation mobile networks. The group's work encompasses public safety communications systems, mobile ad hoc networks, body area network (BAN) standards, and secure and seamless mobility management protocols.

EMNTG's work falls into the following major program areas:

700 MHz Band Channel Propagation Model—To provide telecommunications designers working in public safety communications with channel propagation models to use in simulation and testing.

Smart Grid—The NIST Interoperability Framework Process for Smart Grid includes Priority Action Plans (PAPs) for dealing with major issues associated with developing standards for the Smart Grid. EMNTG's …

Public Safety Communications—To provide the public safety community with a better understanding of what to expect from new and emerging networking technologies, and accelerate the standardization and utilization of such …

Seamless and Secure Mobility—The problem we are facing is how to interconnect a wide variety of heterogeneous and un-interoperable networks including wired and wireless networks in order to provide users with ubiquitous …

Ultra-Wideband Location—This page provides a summary of the testing and evaluation conducted at NIST on Ultra-Wideband (UWB) location systems for first responders.

Implant Communications in Body Area Networks—What is a BAN? A Body Area Network (BAN) is a conceptual term for a network technology targeted for use in or around the human body. Two competing applications driving this development are medical …

The IEEE 802.21 standard was published on January 21, 2009.
This is the final realization of a multi-year project to standardize a media independent handover protocol. The scope of this new standard is to define mechanisms that enable handover optimizations between heterogeneous networks such as IEEE 802 and cellular networks. NIST staff played an important role in the standard development process by providing key technical contributions and quantitative evaluations for several proposals considered by the working group. David Cypher from NIST assumed the role of technical editor of the specifications. EMNTG is continuing its efforts towards the development of secure and scalable network mobility services by participating in the IEEE 802.21 security task group and in the Internet Engineering Task Force.

On December 7, 2009, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) published RFC 5677.
This Request for Comments (RFC), "IEEE 802.21 Mobility Services Framework Design (MSFD)," was co-authored by Nada Golmie from NIST. The RFC describes an architectural reference model that places IEEE 802.21 functions within the TCP/IP protocol stack. It also describes mechanisms for transporting IEEE 802.21 mobility management information within an IP network. For more information, please visit the Seamless and Secure Mobility project page or contact Nada Golmie (x4190) or David Cypher (x4885).

EMNTG hosted the Smart Grid PAP2 working group meeting on March 31, 2010.
The Smart Grid Priority Action Plan 2 (PAP2) working group on Wireless Communications for the Smart Grid met at NIST to review its ongoing work and to plan its next steps in developing an assessment of wireless technologies for the smart grid. Members of EMNTG described their work in developing analytical models that can be used as part of the framework for analyzing wireless technologies that the PAP2 group began developing at their February meeting in San Francisco. Materials related to this meeting can be found on the NIST Smart Grid TWiki. For additional information, please contact Nada Golmie (x4190).

Advanced Network Technologies Division
Emerging & Mobile Network Technologies Group
Nada Golmie, Manager

100 Bureau Drive, M/S 8920
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8920

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