Wireless Convergence Without Complexity

By | March 20, 2006

Exponential growth in wireless adoption is driving a proliferation of devices and access technologies. To exploit the benefits of mobile phones, WiFi computing and other radio based services, however, requires overcoming the challenge of delivering seamless coverage within buildings. Many buildings today (particularly those made from reinforced concrete or steel-frames) prevent full wireless/cellular penetration and require signal reinforcement.

Launching today, UK start-up Zinwave is setting a new standard in simplifying in-building radio through a highly innovative and differentiated approach based on ground-breaking optical fibre technology developed at Cambridge University and University College of London.

Mike Baker, CEO of Zinwave explains, “Whilst wireless technology is revolutionising our world – multiple devices and applications are evolving onto a single platform, and technologies, such as 3G, public WiFi and Voice over WLAN aim to provide coverage wherever and whenever – it’s the simple things such as a building’s physical make-up that can hinder mobile phone reception or WiFi reach.”

Behind the wireless and mobility strategies of every enterprise lie many overlaying technologies, all requiring separate equipment and networks. Each system is often installed and supported individually causing an infrastructure management crisis within campuses and buildings, driving up costs and creating problems for operators, facilities owners and enterprises alike.

Adds Martin Cassidy, SVP Business Development and General Manager of US Operations for Zinwave; “These problems result in a negative user experience – I’m sure most people have become frustrated with mobile phone coverage in some buildings! To remedy the issue, an enterprise will often install multiple antennas, radio base stations and cable, per service, in order to achieve the seamless coverage first anticipated. The resource and financial demands placed upon the telecoms manager or operator to do so are simply not feasible as a long-term strategy.”

Mike Baker continues, “We hope to stem this tide by unifying, enhancing and simplifying how cellular and wireless signals penetrate enclosed spaces, and improve network performance, using patented technology developed at our laboratories in Cambridge.”

By utilising the existing multi-mode fibre (MMF), which represents 90% of the installed base in buildings, Zinwave is the only company able to deliver a cost-effective, integrated, and manageable broadband wireless infrastructure solution. This MMF technology is unique to Zinwave and is covered by a number of patents that are in an advanced state of prosecution. The first of Zinwave’s solutions is due for launch in Spring 2006.

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