Wireless Research Centre

Wireless Research Centre

Description

The Wireless Research Centre (WRC) is located within NZi3, the national New Zealand ICT hub based at the University of Canterbury. Within this innovative environment sits WRC, responsible for driving research and innovation within the field of wireless communication.

Expertise

The Wireless Research Centre (WRC) is located within NZi3, the national New Zealand ICT hub based at the University of Canterbury. Within this innovative environment sits WRC, responsible for driving research and innovation within the field of wireless communication.

Our key goals are:

  • Address industrial research needs in wireless communications, particularly for NZ industry
  • Research to de–risk early stages of product development for our partners
  • Innovative wireless solutions for niche applications tailored to the specific needs of our industry partners, eg public safety and emergency scenario management
  • World class research with impact; measured through peer review, publication in international conferences and journals and IP generation
  • Maintaining New Zealand expertise at the forefront of international telecommunications R&D Building the talent funnel for the next generation of innovative Kiwi engineers
Objective

WRC aims to be a world class centre of excellence in wireless communications that produces industry led research and high calibre people. They are increasingly undertaking technology based research in all areas of wireless communication through their worldwide network of researchers. If you have a research project that you would like their support on please don't hesitate to contact them. They undertake research with companies both small and large, across a variety of different industries.

Research Focus

The focus of our current research programme includes topics involving:

  • Emerging wireless standards: Cellular, Local Area and Personal Area Networks
  • Broadband wireless: techniques to maximise throughput, coverage, availability, spectral and power efficiency, and/or quality of service
  • Multi–antenna methods: MIMO, space–time coding, diversity, beam forming, and antenna design
  • Reliability: error control coding, diversity, scheduling
  • Flexibility: Software defined radio, heterogenous systems
  • Applying combinations of wireless and geospatial technologies
Past Successes

Numerous commercial projects, ranging from sponsored student projects, and small consultancies, through to major research programmes worth multiple $100K pa over many years.

A highlight is our on–going relationship with Tait Electronics, who invest annually in the centre, and have a track record of taking research output from the team and applying it to new products. We are currently assisting Tait with their move to address the emerging wireless broadband market for public safety.