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Communications

From GSM to satellites

We played an early and pivotal role in the development of digital GSM and, hidden from view, there is TTP innovation inside many of the wireless communications devices now familiar to us all. Our expertise has expanded beyond consumer communications to include some of the most demanding specialist sectors such as ultra low power, secure communications, emergency services and satellite communications.

Case Study

Vodafone Paknet - Radio-Pad

Wireless technology with six-month ROI

 


 

TTP has been at the forefront of wireless technology development for decades, creating products for both consumer and business markets. We have exploited our vast skill set in communications to develop a range of products from antennas through to the software stacks used to encode data.

TTP developed the Radio-Pad hardware for Vodafone’s packet radio broadcast services — a business-to-business and business-to-consumer platform that powers both the UK lottery ticket purchasing system and the Traffic Master subscription traffic management system.

The Radio-Pad has a novel electronic architecture that enhances functionality, reduces costs and meets environmental manufacturing standards. The project included a full custom radio design and ASIC design to meet exacting cost and performance targets. The result was a UK manufactured product which had paid for itself within six months.

Product Highlights

  • Used on Vodafone ‘Paknet’ network

  • Four versions: VHF/UHF and modules

  • Two-way wireless data communication

  • Custom radio design and ASIC

  • Full Type Approval

  • Industrial telemetry applications

  • UK manufacture

  • Six months' payback time

Case Study

Aeromobile

Keeping people connected while in the air

We all enjoy the luxury of being able to speak to our family, friends and work through mobile communications, whether travelling by car, train or boat. But there was one glaring exception – the inability to make calls while in the air.

When Aeromobile wanted to address this technology gap, TTP was their partner of choice.

We have exceptional domain expertise in communications ranging from commercial GSM and satellite technologies, through to the highly specialised areas of the emergency services, aviation and the military.

With this outstanding communications know-how, we were able to design a solution that allows a mobile phone to be used safely when flying.

The technology we created suppresses the mobile phone signal, while allowing a narrow window in the noise floor for the phone to connect to the aircraft’s satellite communications. Passengers are then able to make a call as easily as if they were on the ground.

 

"TTP designs and innovates in all aspects of wireless from antenna design and RF modules through to software stacks."

Early adopters

TTP’s wireless technology was adopted by early innovators: Blackberry, Intel, Hitachi, and Motorola.

 

Emirates was the first airline to deploy our FAA approved in-flight communications technology.

Case Study

White space

The application of unused spectrum in the TV broadcast frequency, known as white space, offers a potential breakthrough in providing high-performance rural broadband communications. 

With a long track record of taking a leadership role in new communications developments, TTP’s position as a key member of the UK's white space  development consortium was a natural fit.

As part of the consortium trials and in collaboration with Neul, TTP developed and delivered a broadband service of 8Mbps over a single 8MHz TV channel, via a white space link between its headquarters in Melbourn, south of Cambridge, and the remote village of Orwell 5.5 km away. This compares with wired ADSL broadband that struggles to achieve even 2Mbps.

Ensuring that white space devices did not interfere with primary users such as TV receivers was central to our development. We achieved this by including real time intelligence in the devices; they know their locations and can access information that tell them which frequencies they can use.

The cost of deployment is significantly lower than fibre over long distances in remote areas. Consumers simply need a second TV aerial, along with a white space router that is comparable in size and price to existing home routers with service charges similar to current ADSL costs.

The potential market and economic benefits are even higher in countries that do not have an established wired infrastructure; where cable installations regularly get looted; or where it is simply not economical to install cable.

While mobile cellular can serve some of these markets, white space is very attractive from both a cost and bandwidth availability perspective.

Case Study

The Internet of Things.

Wirelessly connecting the world.

With the amount of hyperbole surrounding the Internet of things, the first challenge is to decode the real trends and opportunities. Namely that “Things” will not be connected to the Internet unless they deliver very tangible economic value, and that driving down per-unit cost will be critical to enabling disruptive new products and services.

TTP is developing new and innovative technology for its clients in all the key areas that enable this – from new sensors that collect data, efficient radio technologies that share it, to integration of cloud-based processing to optimise the design and create maximum value from the data.

By integrating cloud-based processing with radio system design TTP has enabled

  • Domestic and industrial monitoring systems that can identify where boilers are not running at maximum efficiency and identify faults early.
  • A non-intrusive system for monitoring activity in the home using as few as two in-home sensors with application in social care of the elderly.
  • Using smart analytics to reduce costly maintenance visits by housing agencies.

TTP is able to offer its customers an unbiased assessment of the best technology for any given application. TTP enables many products that utilize standards-based wireless technologies too.

However, it is often the case that both end-points of the wireless link are owned by one vendor and it’s these cases in particular that TTP can offer a disruptive solution in terms of cost, power and performance.

TTP has invested in Matrix, a toolkit of hardware, software and radio components that enable exceptionally low-cost, low power and secure wireless devices. The Matrix protocol enables TTP to adjust system parameters to optimize power or performance while minimising code size.

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You and TTP.

Hopefully these case studies have shown you just a little of what a collaboration with TTP can achieve, from the creation of powerful and ground-breaking new products and solutions, through to their development and manufacture.

We believe it’s a uniquely visionary approach to Communications that can help our partners harness – and commercialise – the power of a great idea.

 

 

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