CRFS, is very pleased to announce that it has joined the Cambridge TV White Spaces Consortium. The consortium includes some of the UK’s largest technology and media companies and is undertaking technology trials to explore how unused TV spectrum could provide an inexpensive solution to satisfy the escalating wireless connectivity requirements of UK consumers and businesses in towns, cities and rural areas. CRFS has set up a small network of RFeye Nodes around Cambridge city and will be continuously monitoring the radio spectrum, including the TV white space frequencies, and providing spectrum maps to help measurement activities, which are a key part of the trial. CRFS also plans to demonstrate how live access to a spectrum monitoring system can support interference-free usage of TV White Space.

CRFS Chairman, David Cleevely, commented: “Spectrum is a very valuable strategic resource. As demand for wireless devices continues to grow exponentially, governments around the world are looking at how they can get more out of existing spectrum. TV white space spectrum is particularly valuable as these frequencies provide excellent coverage. At CRFS our vision is of a national live spectrum database based on networks of RFeye monitoring nodes that would enable dynamic spectrum sharing without problems of interference to existing users. More efficient spectrum usage will be an important economic driver and bring many benefits.”