Fans of Roddy Doyle will know that one of his novels is “The Van” in which Jimmy Rabbitte sells cheap grub – fish and chips - to the hungry in
“The Van”, or “Van the Man”, are also nicknames for the great
Anyway. “The Van” is kind-of well-established in
For the next two weeks, a new “Van” is hitting the streets of
The unique trials are being undertaken by international researchers attending either or both conferences, and the research team in the Centre for Telecommunications Value Chain Research (CTVR), for which Prof. Donal O’Mahony is the Centre Director; Dr. Linda Doyle of TCD leads the software radio activities; Dr. Ronan O’Farrell of NUI Maynooth leads radio frequency hardware research; and for which I am the current chairperson.
Raw data and the results of the live experiments are being made available to the attendees of the two conferences, for follow up study and research. Some leading companies and researchers worldwide have brought their own equipment and research tools to
Our national Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) granted CTVR a special trial license for the research, which enables live experimentation in dynamic spectrum management. The work has global impact, since in general the electromagnetic spectrum worldwide is increasingly crowded. Currently, broadcasters (mobile phone operators, TV stations, radio stations, emergency services, satellite communications, navigation frequencies, etc) are statically allocated frequency ranges by each jurisdiction. In many cases however, the spectrum at specific frequencies and at a particular location or region may be actually currently idle – for example a TV station might be currently off-air, or current traffic on a mobile phone network relatively light. Dynamic spectrum techniques change the entire model: frequencies can be allocated on demand as actually needed rather than statically pre-allocated; used, and then released. They even can be traded on demand, opening up entire new business models..
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