ITR finalist for international award

The Institute for Telecommunications Research at the University of South Australia has been selected as a finalist for an international technology award.

The Technology of the Year award, presented by the Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) goes to an individual or organisation for a breakthrough product or technology in the field of Software Defined or Cognitive Radio. WInnForum members vote to select the winner.

ITR is one of only two finalists selected to compete for the Award, the other being NASA.

ITR has been chosen on the basis of technology it developed for a satellite communication system called the Global Sensor Network (GSN). This system enables cost-effective, remote data gathering and bidirectional communication from very large numbers of sensors.

The GSN uses software defined radio (SDR) technology for the space segment, ground station and terminals. Using SDR technology, ITR has developed novel techniques for efficient one and two-way data communication with large numbers of remotely located sensors and devices. The system includes new SDR based architectures and waveform designs that provide high spectral efficiency in heavily loaded multiuser scenarios. The end result is a cost effective, scalable and flexible system that is able to support very large numbers of users while maximising use of precious satellite frequency spectrum.

A successful bench demonstration of the technology with space hardware was achieved within 12 months of commencing waveform design. Last year, the system was field trial-proven, using an aircraft as a satellite surrogate, and subsequently validated in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite field trials in both Australia and Canada.

The Technology of the Year winner will be announced later this month, and the awards presented at the Wireless Innovation Forum Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio in Illinois, USA, in March this year.

The Global Sensor Network program was led by ITR, and involved consortium members: COM DEV (Canada), SAGE Automation, DSTO, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and CSIRO. The research was funded by the Federal Government’s Australian Space Research Program.

For more information, please contact:

Mr Jeff Kasparian, Acting Director, Institute for Telecommunications Research, 0408838660


Backgrounder on GSN project

Press release regarding results of aircraft trials

Video - GSN applications