Peter Lancaster

Mr Peter Lancaster

IAA Knowledge Exchange Manager

University of surrey


European Wireless Conference 2013 - Exhibiting and Sponsorship opportunities

The 19th European Wireless Conference (EW 2013) will take place in Guildford, UK, 16th-18th April 2013 and will be hosted by the Centre for Communication Systems Research (CCSR) at the University of Surrey, with  focus on “5G technologies and Spectrum Crunch in 2020“.

The call for papers is now open and there are also sponsorship and exhibition opportunities.


5G Innovation Centre coming to Surrey

The University of Surrey has been awarded funding to develop a 5G Innovation Centre to stimulate significant expansion in UK telecommunication research, development, innovation and the provision of broadband mobile internet services, with significant downstream benefits for economic growth.

A consortium of key mobile operators and infrastructure providers including - Huawei, Samsung, Telefonica Europe, Fujitsu Laboratories Europe, Rohde-Schwarz and AIRCOM International - are contributing around £24 million which is joined with £11.6 million from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) to  bring the total funds available to £35 million.

The 5G Centre will provide real-time experimental facilities to underpin the development of new mobile broadband internet products and services.

University of Surrey: Innovation & Collaboration Showcase. Sept 5th

A celebration of the University of Surrey Knowledge Transfer Account and a showcase of capabilities and collaboration opportunities for business. For more details and to register: Innovation & Collaboration Showcase


Keynotes from:

Dr Mike Short CBE FREng BA – Vice President at Telefónica Europe, President of the IET and University of Surrey Visiting Professor

John Hand – EPSRC Impact Integrator

The main focus of the event will be an exhibition of Innovations and Collaboration opportunities.

We will also be running tours of campus facilities including the Ion Beam Centre, the Advanced Technology Institute and the Centre for Communication Systems Research - SmartCampus IoT testbed.


Seminars on the following topics will be taking place throughout the day:


  Social Networking - to enhance your business

  Access to funding

  Economic/business opportunities in the space sector

  Design Council - How to use design to enhance your business

  NPL - Technology Innovation Fund

  Access to Venture Capital

  Improving competitiveness with KTPs


Navigation App for blind and partially sighted people.

Researchers in Barcelona have launched a universally accessible navigation application for Android smartphones, available at Google Play. The application can be used by people with visual and hearing impairments, and with limited mobility and cognitive functions.

Currently the app provides step-by-step navigation on foot or by bus in Barcelona, Madrid and Rome, and will soon be available for Helsinki, Valencia and Zaragoza.

Details from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona School of Engineering.

Technology pitching to ICT multinationals for SMEs: Cluster 55 - Sweden

Cluster 55 develops the ICT-sector in the cross border region between Sweden and Denmark. Launched in 1999 they are one of the oldest cluster organizations in Europe. The main focus is to help ICT start ups and SME’s in the region to grow and gain sustainability.

Cluster 55° Brokerage Events aim to facilitate the technology scouting for large multinational companies; relevant start-­ups and SME’s get the chance pitch their technology/products to major ICT companies.

The next Cluster 55 Brokerage Event will be held June 25-26. Take the opportunity to pitch your product to Sony, LG, RIM/Blackberry, Telia Sonera and ST Ericsson. .

There are a couple of free Golden Tickets available through the ENCADRE network, if you are interested in applying for one of these, please let me know. The golden ticket covers attendance at the event only - you will need to cover your own expenses.


Privacy implications of mobile apps for children

The US Federal Trade Commission has released a report that details the results of a survey of mobile apps for children.

The survey shows that neither the app stores nor the developers provide the information parents need to determine what data is being collected from their children, its security or the potential uses.



Lego near-space experience

Nice inspiration for a Friday afternoon.  This video shows what a couple of 17yr olds can do with some imagination (and no nearby flight-paths).
The story, from Shiv Malik at The Guardian, is worth reading as well.

Using Location Technologies in Health and Care - Feb 8th, Reading

The ICT KTN and SEHTA are holding a free event on Feb 8th at Reading.

We will be:

  • Highlighting existing and planned implementations of location-based services in health & care
  • Discussing unmet need where there is potential for innovation,
  • Describing examples of existing technologies from other industries that may transfer well to health & care
  • Showcase promising new technologies and services

More details

Is your phone watching you?

Those of us following the Carrier IQ saga may have some questions for the panel at A Fine Balance 2011

If you've not been following it: Carrier IQ is apparently an application installed on many smartphones that tracks user interactions - primarily to improve the user experience, but with rather obvious privacy implications.

Further reading:

Carrier IQ




The Guardian

What are the business and environmental benefits of cloud computing?

The Carbon Disclosure Project have added data for the UK & France to the US study on the business and environmental benefits of cloud computing that was published in June 2011,

Funding for Short Knowledge Exchange Projects - uncertainty and risk for natural hazards

The PURE network (Probability, Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment) has a call out at the moment for proposals for short Knowledge Transfer Projects, (3-6 months) in the area of natural hazards.  These are collaborative projects, in which a company or public sector agency hosts a postgraduate researcher from a university research group. 


US investigates location privacy

The Where Business give a short summary of what the US is doing regarding location privacy. Interesting that there seem to be apps that deliberately obtain the location and email addresses of minors.

Good reading prior to our "A Fine Balance" event on Dec 12th

Location and cyber privacy in the digital age


UK Innovative digital SMEs "Collaboration Nation Directory of Digital Projects"

Shame I couldn't be at the Collaboration Nation event. However, the Directory of Digital Projects forms a handy reference guide to innovative UK SMEs. Read & enjoy:

Collaboration Nation Directory of Digital Projects

Your chance to name a Galileo Satellite (no adults)

Draw or paint a picture that relates to Space - and you could have a Galileo Satellite named after you.

Enter the competition and upload a digital version of your picture on the galileocontest website.

Competition closes on Nov 15th.

The competition is only open to those born in the years 2000, 2001 & 2002 - sorry dad!

What's needed to enable 'Automated Driving'?

The Final Report of the Automated Driving Study "Definition of necessary vehicle and infrastructure systems for Automated Driving " identifies possible deployment strategies for automated driving. 

It's a 111 page download from the EC Information Society Library. An overview presentation can be found here (pdf)

Ofcom looks to geolocation to enable use of white-space spectrum

Ofcom has progressed plans for the introduction of White Space technology in the UK – and issued a statement on Implementing Geolocation - Summary of consultation responses and next steps. Link.

GPS: A new way to detect secret nuclear tests

From the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - report of work at Ohio State University on analysis of GPS signals disturbed by changing atmospheric conditions after the 2009 North Korean nuclear test.

Thanks to Ed Parsons for spotting this.

Off to test @pocketnavigator - navigation by haptic feedback.

This is a trial Android application that uses vibrations to give directions from a calculated route.

Highways Agency to supply traffic data to Sat Navs

The Highways Agency has agreed to supply traffic information from England’s motorways and major A roads to TomTom for use in sat nav services for road users.

Press release from COI’s News Distribution Service

This adds to existing agreements  with other information distributors, eg. GoogleMaps™ and the BBC, and of course the Highways Agency's own website.

EU consultation on the online distribution of audiovisual works.

The European Commission has issued a Green Paper for consultation, looking at the ways in which the audiovisual sector is changing in response to technology developments and consumer expectations.

Details and Green Paper.

It invites citizens, companies, organisations and public bodies to comment on the challenges and opportunities facing audiovisual media service providers, and in particular whether the regulatory and legal framework poses barriers to the cross border availability of online services in the EU.

The Green Paper focuses in particular on the copyright licensing framework, and discusses a number of regulatory approaches to licensing. In addition, it looks at the remuneration of authors and performers for the online use of their works; and deals with certain special uses of audiovisual works.

Press release.

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