The INtelligent Airport (TINA) A Self-Organising, Wired/Wireless Converged Machine (RFID Europe 2008)

Ian White, Van Eck Professor of Engineering
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Sep 30, 2008.


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Presentation Summary

  • To study the feasibility of a single multi-service infrastructure
  • To determine new system architectures which provide dynamic capacity allocation, wireless/wired interworking and device location
  • To determine new algorithms for addressing and routeing able to operate seamlessly in a combined wired and wireless environment
  • To design a new form of wireless signal distribution network where multiservice antenna units cooperate both to enable communications and also sensing functions including RFID
  • To define and build small proof of principle demonstrator

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