Research in the News
This month the flagship publication of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, called Engineering & Technology featured a article on the TINA research project. This joint research project between, UCL, the University of Cambridge, the University of Leeds and a number of industrial partners, aims to create an an intelligent, adaptive, self-organising wired/wireless infrastructure to offer improved communications and security in airports.
As well as providing communications technologies, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags supported by a transparent optical-RF network are used to sense, locate and track an array of objects including luggage, mobile assets and commercial goods and can provide additional features such as boarding pass auto-tags and access control tags. The wired/wireless network envisaged will thus be huge and complex, supporting perhaps 10 million information sources, with an anticipated peak aggregate data rate of order 100 Gbit/s in a relatively local access environment. This is beyond the capability of any current network.