LONDON The WiMedia Alliance, which promotes the adoption, standardization and multi-vendor interoperability of ultra-wideband (UWB) worldwide, has teamed with the Wireless Alliance for Testing Experiment and Research (Walter) grouping to focus on European development of the technology needed for measurement, calibration and testing of UWB radio products.
The so called Wallter project aims to create a pan-European interconnected testbed, and to boost European efforts to develop applications and services based on high capacity networks.
The collaboration will give researchers working on Walter related projects more direct access to members of the WiMedia Alliance who are involved in the development of the specifications, providing them with instantaneous access to test specifications.
WiMedia will have access to regulatory tests and to three Walter independent testing labs located in Europe and China, helping drive international acceptance and adoption of WiMedia standards.
"This relationship is another example of our commitment to rapid deployment of WiMedia UWB standards on an international basis and to have the support in place that is needed for adoption," said Roberto Aiello, chairman, WiMedia Certification Review Board. "Our participation with the Walter project goes hand-in-hand with our partnerships with other global efforts including our existing partnerships with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and Ecma International, an international standards organization."
Walter is a project co-financed by the European Commission under the 7th framework program for R&D. Started in January 2008 it will last 2 years.
Comprising eight organizations from Europe and China, the project addresses the need for broadband testbeds by overcoming the technical issues of measuring low level, high data rate radio signals.
The resulting worldwide interconnected testbeds will address the short term needs of industry and regulators but also the longer-term needs of research communities.
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