White space M2M standard makes ‘huge progress’ in first plenary session

Weightless, the body behind the machine-to-machine communications standard for white space spectrum, has held its plenary session at The Technology Partnership in Melbourn near Cambridge, UK. The main purpose of this event was to discuss the ongoing evolution of the Weightless M2M communications standard for white space radios. The event was split into two days featuring a variety of sub-group plenary discussions and tutorials.

“We’re now seeing the future unfolding in front of us,” commented William Webb, CEO of Weightless. “Weightless is the ideal standard for M2M communications, making use of the newly available white space spectrum, and it’s wonderful to see the movers and shakers of the wireless industry meeting to establish a standard for the common good, as well as for the networking necessary to put together the complex value-chains in this space.

“While regulatory, security, testing and MAC/PHY subgroups might a little dry to your everyday consumer, remember that the endpoint is a world where everything, from bins to parking spaces, lights to shopping trolleys, are connected into an intelligent municipal whole. This technology will be the engine of the smart city, the smart grid, future healthcare systems and much more.

“We’re comfortable on schedule at this stage to deliver a finished standard early in 2013. Our members will soon be testing various aspects of Weightless in real-world deployments on the Cambridge network.”

White space is the unused and underused parts of the wireless spectrum. For example, around the world many TV channels are left vacant in most locations. White space technology opens up these channels and will also allow underused frequencies within other UHF licensed and unlicensed bands to be used efficiently for wireless communication.

The Weightless group will shortly issue a new version of the Weightless specification based on discussions between its members.

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