Spectrum sensing is one of the core functionalities of a true cognitive radio (CR) that supports operation over a broad range of frequencies and can autonomously adapt transmission parameters to the operating environment. There are several types of hardware ranging from sophisticated (i.e. Nutaq Radio420X FPGA mezzanine card) to low cost (i.e. WiSpy) that can be used to experiment with spectrum sensing. This hardware is available for use in several testbeds across the world (i.e. ORBIT, w-iLab.t, TWIST and LOG-a-TEC).
Each testbed provides a specific mechanism to define, deploy and execute experiments making it difficult for an individual researcher to use more than one testbed. In this work we propose an information model for describing spectrum sensing functionality with the ultimate goal of developing and promoting a Common CR language that can describe the resources in existing GENI and FIRE testbeds.