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White space M2M standard makes ‘huge progress'

May 14, 2012
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Wireless experts from across the industry met to define Weightless and the inner workings of the world’s global machine communications standard at the first plenary session to discuss the Weightless machine-to-machine communications standard for white space spectrum, which was held at The Technology Partnership in Melbourn, near Cambridge, UK. The main purpose of the event was to discuss the ongoing evolution of the Weightless M2M communications standard for white space radios.

“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.

He continued, "We’re comfortably 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. 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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