One is a USDOT-sponsored technology called 5.9GHz Dedicated Short Range Communications. ’DSRC’ is a protocol that enables safety applications with stringent performance requirements: high data security and data rates, no interference, minimized latency in the communications link, and relatively small communication zones.
Other technologies for which OmniAir is currently developing testing programs for are used in electronic tolling. These ‘UHF’ technologies operate in the 915MHz band.
Whatever the protocol is or will be in the future, a common denominator among those OmniAir supports is that devices based on these protocols can be tested in a reliable and repeatable way. This is crucial if the technology is to be procured from multiple suppliers and deployed across jurisdictions where it must ‘interoperate’ regardless of location or device source.
This can only be assured via an independent third-party certification program – like those developed by OmniAir.
OmniAir provides a unique forum where members and clients define requirements, using their expertise to determine what ‘compliance’ means for them. OmniAir’s work increases the confidence of those who want to procure interoperable devices and systems, that the certified technology they are deploying actually works.