Research team developing standard-hopping wireless

29 Mar 2006

Researchers at the Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research (CTVR) in Dublin are testing a gadget they claim is capable of switching between otherwise incompatible wireless standards. If successful, the ‘software-defined radio’ device could revolutionise the telecoms industry by mimicking ‘different wireless tools by using reconfigurable software to carry out tasks normally performed by static hardware’, writes the Financial Times. The CTVR prototype could cut through the industry’s current conflicting frequencies and protocols by offering new communications devices that can hop between them. For example, the unit says that a mobile phone could automatically detect and hop to a faster Wi-Fi network when a user enters the hotspot and could even make its own decisions on the optimum standard in a given situation.