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TINA - The intelligent networked airport
Research in the News

The INtelligent Airport (TINA)

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.

This EPSRC project, funded under the WINES programme, began in 2006 and will be completed in 2010. At UCL the programme is led by Prof Alwyn Seeds and Prof Paul Brennan.

Read the full article online