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.
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.
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
Six months' payback time
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."
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.
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.
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 to share it, and 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
TTP is able to offer its customers an unbiased assessment of the best technology for any given application. TTP enables many products that utilise standards-based wireless technologies.
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 optimise power or performance while minimising code size.
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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