CTVR showcases telecommunications research at Dublin event

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12 September 2013 | 0

Solutions for providing low-cost rural broadband, technologies for future mobile networks, antennas for wireless communications and healthcare were among some 50 research projects from the Centre for Telecommunications Value-chain drive Research (CTVR) showcased at an event in Dublin’s Lightouse cinema today.

Headquartered at Trinity College Dublin CTVR, the national telecommunications research centre, focuses on technology research for the telecommunications sector.

Other exhibits included a collaboration with Intel Labs Europe that uses the ‘white space’, freed up by the analogue TV switch-off, to support an environmental measurement system using remote sensors in Dublin city to measure noise, temperature, humidity and dust levels. This information is communicated to Intel’s Ambient Intelligence Platform using an 18km TV white space link. It is built to enable intelligent decisions to be made about the environment so that pre-emptive action can be taken in response to emerging problems. The system is designed to potentially support millions of devices using an alternative, lower-cost approach to conventional wireless networks.

Prof Linda Doyle, CTVR director, said: "There is a very vibrant communications sector in Ireland and CTVR is playing a leading role in orchestrating large-scale collaborations between industry and academia in this space. Our plans to build a Future Networks and Communications Centre that takes these collaborations to an even greater scale are underway. The showcase provides an opportunity to show what has been achieved to date and what is possible for the future."

 

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CTVR is one of the 10 flagship centres for science and technology (CSET) in Ireland funded by Science Foundation Ireland. Its academic partners are NUIM, DCU, DIT, UL, UCC and Tyndall Institute.

The centre also participates in a broader network of industry relationships with companies including Benetel, e|net, HEA Net, BSkyB, Imagine, Digiweb, Neul and RTE NL that are sustaining and growing the telecommunications industry in Ireland and is at the centre of graduate training of high-level telecoms engineers.

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