Course #352-13-TAGA-1

Deploying Wi-Fi and Other Short Range Technologies

Dates: Sep-11-2013 - Sep-12-2013


Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center Augusta, GA
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Early Bird Rates In Effect through 08/11/2013!

$900 $800 Government AFCEA Member
$1,000 $900 Government Non Member
$1,100 $1,000 Non-Government AFCEA Member
$1,200 $1,100 Non-Government Non Member

This course qualifies for Continuing Education Units.
Note: This course has been cancelled. This course will be held in conjunction with TechNet Augusta. Students will receive admission to the event for no additional cost and no additional registration will be required.

Course Description:



Is your organization planning to deploy Wi-Fi?  Are you going to permit or use BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)?  What are the trends for the future in Wi-Fi?  What about other short range wireless technologies like Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, and Near Field Communications?  This course covers technical details of short range wireless technologies with an emphasis on Wi-Fi: How it works, how to understand all the different types, and the short range wireless technologies that will come to the commercial market in the next 5 years.


The objective of this course is to sharpen the skills and knowledge base of defense and aerospace personnel and managers of the current state of wireless technologies, protocols and systems and to identify the challenges that face next-generation wireless planners.  R&D personnel will learn the latest in trends for short range commercial wireless systems and potential issues in security and interference.  This two-day course is taught by an industry expert who actively participates in Wi-Fi standards and commercial product development, but who also has an extensive background in military systems and academic research.


Those individuals who are involved in the planning, decision making and procurement of current and next-generation short range mobile wireless systems and networks are encouraged to attend.



The Wi-Fi World

The History of Wi-Fi – how we got here
      The IEEE process: 802.11 and standards
      The Wi-Fi Alliance: Branding, Promotion, Interoperability, and Certification

Introduction to Wireless LAN

     The OSI Model
     Network toplogies
     What is WLAN?
     Some history

Current and Next-Generation IEEE 802.11 Wireless
    An Overview and Comparison of 802.11a through 11ah
    The Physical Layers of 802.11: from 900MHz to 60GHz
    The MAC and LLC Sub-Layers
    Wi-Fi Security: History and current status
    IEEE 802.11 Mobility and Ad Hoc Networking

Wireless LAN Best Practices
    Network Topology
        Cloud-based management
    User issues
    What questions to ask?
         IT Managers to Vendors
         Users to IT Managers

Future Trends
     Hotspot 2.0 – roaming across Wi-Fi networks globally
     Wi-Fi Displays: Miracast
     Wireless peripherals and docking
     White Spaces – spectrum sharing of TV bands and beyond

Current and Next-Generation Wireless PAN

     Bluetooth: Where is it and where is it going?
     Bluetooth Classic – Can you use it?
     Bluetooth Low Energy – The emerging standard for wireless sensors
     What happened to UWB?
     Other wireless PAN technologies

Near Field Communications
    What is NFC?
    Usage models for RFID, NFC, and other “contactless” technologies
    What is it going to be used for?
    Deployment risks and opportunities

Concluding Remarks


Dr. Jim Lansford

    Dr. Jim Lansford is a Standards Architect at Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR), responsible for Wi-Fi standards and strategy.  Prior to CSR, he was Chief Technical Officer of Alereon, an ultrawideband radio company. He has over 30 years of experience in communications system analysis and design as well as digital signal processing. He is engaged in a variety of activities both inside CSR and in the wireless industry, and is active in CSR’s strategic technology development for future Wi-Fi chipsets.  He is heavily involved in a number of standards, trade group and regulatory activities; in addition to several leadership positions within the WiMedia Alliance, he was formerly the co-chair of 802.15.3a (high speed UWB) as well as former chair of 802.19 (Wireless Coexistence Technical Advisory Group) within IEEE 802, and was also a significant contributor to 802.15.2 and 802.11g. He is also involved in business development activities with strategic partners and key customers. Prior to Alereon, Dr. Lansford was VP Business Development and CTO of Mobilian Corporation, where he promoted Mobilian's multi-standard "True Connectivity" technology. Prior to Mobilian, Dr. Lansford was a Wireless System Architect with Intel Corporation; he was involved in several wireless initiatives and the Co-Chairman of the Technical Committee for the HomeRF Industry Working Group, a wireless technology industry consortium.
    Dr. Lansford has a number of issued patents and applications, and has published numerous papers on a wide variety of topics from coexistence to RFIC design to signal processing to cognitive radio.
    In addition to his experience with government labs, large companies and three startups, Dr. Lansford has served on the teaching and/or research faculty of Georgia Tech, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Oklahoma State University. He has also served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.  Dr. Lansford is an ABET Program Evaluator, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and has a Wireless Communications Engineering Technology (WCET) certification.


BS Electrical Engineering, Auburn University; MS Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech; Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Oklahoma State University