Neul claims world first for production white space radio system
14 June 2011
Neul, a company specialising in the emerging TV white space spectrum, has introduced NeulNET, which it believes is the first production wireless radio system that is designed to use free, high quality white space spectrum. NeulNET has applications in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, local broadband delivery, smart meter communications and the ‘internet of everything’.
White space radio takes advantage of unused TV channels as we switch from analogue TV to digital TV. Signals in these frequencies can travel long distances and easily penetrate walls. This makes white space radio ideal for long-range applications that require wide-area connectivity.
There is up to 150MHz of high quality white space spectrum available. For comparison, typical nationwide 3G networks operate with a mere 30MHz of spectrum, and while 3G spectrum costs $bns, white space spectrum will be available free of charge. To use white space systems must meet very stringent technical specifications to prevent interference with television equipment and wireless microphones. NeulNET is the first wireless system to meet these conditions, including the FCC’s challenging adjacent channel power specification.
The NeulNET system, which includes a basestation unit and portable battery powered terminal, makes it easy to create white space networks that deliver up to 16Mbps per available white space channel at a range of up to 10km.
Neul technology delivers the full potential of white space radio spectrum for fast-growing applications such as local broadband delivery and Machine to Machine (M2M) communications. There are already over 200 million M2M devices and this number is rising with a 23% Compound Annual Growth Rate. But the M2M market is set to explode, with applications such as in-car navigation, telematics, retail Electronic Point-of-Sale (EPOS) and others. The number of connected devices is expected to reach 50 Billion by 2020*. This network of billions of connected devices is often referred to as ‘the internet of everything’.
NeulNET is based on a new wireless standard: Weightless. Neul is working with industry leaders to develop Weightless into an open, royalty-free standard, and will make the specification available to companies interested in developing M2M products through membership of the Weightless Special Interest Group (SIG).
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