Real Wireless joins 5G Innovation Centre

Wireless experts working with University of Surrey and industry’s biggest names to drive 5G development

London, UK – 20th May 2015 – Real Wireless has become a member of the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey, joining the industry’s biggest names in driving the development and evaluation of 5G. Bringing together leading academic expertise and key industry partners in a shared vision, the 5GIC will help to define and develop 5G infrastructure.

Heavily involved in the early stages of 4G, Real Wireless brings its independent expertise and experience to the 5GIC to advise on regulatory, technical and business challenges.

“While there’s still no agreement as to what 5G will look like, there are a number of different options currently on the table and it’s important that each of these are carefully evaluated and tested,” said Professor Simon Saunders, Director of Technology at Real Wireless. “Real Wireless is bringing independent expertise to the 5GIC and we’re really excited to be a part of the next generation of mobile technologies.”

Research at the 5GIC will drive the delivery of a mobile communications network capable of meeting the needs of tomorrow. The focus will be on developing intelligent systems that work together to give the impression of unlimited data capacity, providing a network that is far faster than today’s 4G system, with greater energy-efficiency and reduced end user costs.

“Real Wireless’ independent expertise is an excellent addition to the 5GIC and they join many of the biggest names in the industry in helping to shape the future of 5G,” said Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Director of the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS) and the 5GIC. “With their understanding of both the business and technical challenges of wireless, Real Wireless joins the first wave of SME members of the 5GIC.”

The 5GIC is part of the University of Surrey’s Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), drawing on its status as an internationally leader in satellite and terrestrial mobile communication systems knowledge. The ICS previously made a major contribution to the development of 2G technology in the 1990s, 3G in the 2000s and 4G since 2010.

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Real Wireless joins Future Communications & Positioning System Advisory Group 

Guangzhou_South_Railway_Station_3F_East_ConcourseYesterday, Real Wireless attended the Intelligent Rail Infrastructure seminar from the IET. The event examined the physical and technical challenges associated with modernising our railway assets – a challenge that we have long considered in our work.

The reasons why this is a topic that interests us is that wireless offers the potential to revolutionise a global mode of transport. This is not just for passengers, where some individuals lose hundreds of hours each year outside of data connectivity, but also throughout the industry’s large and multinational ecosystem. With the advent of M2M communications, its potential to create a truly intelligent national transport network is highly desirable.

It’s to this end that Real Wireless is pleased to announce it has joined the cross rail-industry Future Communications & Positioning System Advisory Group (FC&PS AG), a sub-group of the Vehicle/Train Control and Communications System Interface Committee.

Members of the group include Network Rail, the Department for Transport, the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), the ORR, train operators, RSSB and representatives from the wider communications industry.

The group’s aim is to provide advice and direction to the industry on communications and positioning technologies as enablers to the Rail Technical Strategy Vision 2012.

The FC&PS AG say they welcome our membership to the group,and look forward to our input in the fast moving area of digital wireless technology, particularly given our extensive experience of working in other industries than rail alone.

As a member, Real Wireless will therefore be providing expert input on both future wireless communications technologies, and the feasibility and practicalities of implementation to support the growth of rail communications in Britain.

This is an area we already have significant experience in, thanks to projects such as our landmark business case analysis that found passenger-facing services (ie: customer Wi-Fi) could not ever give ROI itself: it only can deliver this if it is one of a variety of operational benefits.

We look forward to participating at our first meeting in London on 19th May, providing insight and experience and supporting the growth of communications for the rail industry.

For an overview of the opportunities wireless offers for the transport network, download our free guide The business opportunities for wireless in transport. 

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