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100 Years of Radio

Brought to you by The Wireless Heritage Group

‘100 Years of Radio’ is the launch event of the newly established Wireless Heritage SIG. This half-day event will take a look back over the emergence of radio and its implementation in the last century through to contemporary mobile broadband networks.

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About the event

Presenters will each touch on a double-decade period and focus on the lessons that can be learnt from that time and their relevance today.

Focusing on 20 year timeframes, this event will walk you through the exciting rise and evolution of wireless technology from 1914 to present day, while showcasing live demos from each age.

Presentations will be heard from:

  • Colin Smithers, Chairman, Plextek "1914-1934: The wireless wave" - The Wireless Telegraphy Handbook of 1913 speculated on the future use of Continuous Waves and sets a benchmark against which fundamental trends in the industry can be measured and predicted including data costs and technology and transmission standard life spans.
  • Geoff Varrall, Director, RTT Online "1934 - 1945: The wireless war" - In his controversial book The Origins of the Second World War the revisionist historian AJP Taylor argues that the Second World War was not caused by Hitler but was the result of a combination of factors including the rapid growth of broadcasting technology.
    So was this the wireless war?
  • Steve Haseldine, CEO, Deaf Alerter, "1945 to 1974: The cold war - radio goes underground" - The National Communication Radio System, spy and clandestine radio, preparing for the Third World War
  • Nigel Linge, Professor of Telecommunications,  School of Computing, Science and Engineering, University of Salford "1974 to 1994" - The transistor comes of age, the role of radio in consumer electronics and cellular radio
  • Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, EE "1994 to 2014: Mass consumer cellular and the mobile broadband revolution" - Broadband radio, digital radio, smart phone and smart networks

Limited number of FREE places available for non members, after which places for non members will be charged at £180 plus VAT. To join Cambridge Wireless as a member and attend future events for free, please visit: www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/sign-up

We have limited sponsorship and display table opportunities available for this popular event so if you are interested in maximising your organisation’s profile, please contact sponsorship@cambridgewireless.co.uk for further information. 

You can follow @cambwireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWWH.

The Wireless Heritage SIG is championed by Stirling Essex of Espansivo, Steve Haseldine of Deaf Alerter, Andy Sutton of EE, Geoff Varrall of RTT Programmes and Nigel Wall of Climate Associates. To follow this SIG on Twitter @CambWireless, please use #CWWH. We are grateful to Taylor Vinters for kindly sponsoring this event.

Hosted and Sponsored by Taylor Vinters LLP

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12:30

Registration over networking lunch

13:30

Introduction to the Wireless Heritage SIG by Stirling Essex, Director, Espansivo

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. In some respects radio communication has changed beyond all recognition in other respects things are very much the same - a First World War Morse code transceiver is to all intents and purposes a digital radio.
In this this inaugural meeting of the Heritage SIG we draw on 100 years of military and commercial radio systems experience to provide insight into the changes taking place in our industry today.

13:40

Welcome from sponsor Rhys Williams Partner, Taylor Vinters

13:50

1914 to 1934: The wireless wave; Colin Smithers, Chairman, Plextek Group

The Wireless Telegraphy Handbook of 1913 speculated on the future use of Continuous Waves and sets a benchmark against which fundamental trends in the industry can be measured and predicted including data costs and technology and transmission standard life spans.

14:15

Q&A

14:20

1934 to 1945: The wireless war; Geoff Varrall, Director, RTT Online

In his controversial book The Origins of the Second World War the revisionist historian AJP Taylor argues that the Second World War was not caused by Hitler but was the result of a combination of factors including the rapid growth of broadcasting technology.
So was this the wireless war?

14:45

Q&A

14:50

1945 to 1974: The cold war – radio goes underground; Steve Haseldine, Chairman, Deaf Alerter

The National Communication Radio System, spy and clandestine radio, preparing for the Third World War

15:15

Q&A

15:20

Refreshment Break

15:50

1974 to 1994; Professor Nigel Linge, Professor of Telecommunications, University of Salford

The transistor comes of age, the role of radio in consumer electronics and cellular radio

16:15

Q&A

16:20

1994 to 2014; Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, EE

Broadband radio, digital radio, smart phones, smart networks

16:45

Q&A

16:50

Panel Session with all speakers. Chaired by Geoff Varrall, Director, RTT Online

17:25

Fill in evaluation forms / Event closes

17:30

Drinks hosted by Taylor Vinters to celebrate the inaugural meeting of the ‘Wireless Heritage SIG’ and to launch of ‘Colour Shift’ – an innovative lighting installation by Cambridge-based artist, Susie Olczak. Susie is Artist in Residence at Taylor Vinters and this latest installation is part of the

Speakers

Stephen Haseldine - Chairman, Deaf Alerter, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain

Steve Haseldine FIMC FRSA is the Chairman of three companies, Alerter Group plc, Electronic Communications Ltd and Evets Communications Ltd, businesses that design and manufacture in-building, radio-based, emergency communication systems; software defined radio solutions and operate PMR, FM Broadcast and Cellular transmission sites. He is also the Chairman of the Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain.  His connection with radio started over 50 years ago as a schoolboy, when he became a licensed radio amateur, an interest which has influenced much of his professional career. Sponsored as a Computer Science student focused on software development with Rolls Royce, he subsequently worked for GEC Telecommunications before becoming a Management Consultant with Price Waterhouse. Starting his own software house and radio communication businesses in 1979 he has found it rewarding that his two passions of software and radio have evolved into an almost common technology. He has seen his own companies being judged the Midlands Best Small Business of 2013 and the leading Company for Innovation in both 2012 and 2013. As well as remaining an active radio amateur, Steve has now amassed one of the largest personal collections of communication radio equipment in the UK, with over 3000 receivers, transmitters and ancillary equipment, the vast majority of which are fully operational. The collection spans from the early spark transmitters to the latest Software Defined Radios.

Colin Smithers - CEO, Redtail Telematics

Dr Colin Smithers (Redtail Telematics Ltd)

SIG Champions

Stirling Essex - Director, Espansivo

Stirling Essex has over 25 years of product development, product management, strategic marketing and business development experience in many areas of wireless technology, and has been intimately involved in the development of test systems for GSM, CDMA (IS-95), 3G (W-CDMA) and LTE. He founded Espansivo, a technology consultancy specialising in helping organisations with their technology, product and business decisions, in 2005. Stirling was previously a co-champion of the CW Future Wide Area Wireless Special Interest Group and has been a member of the CW Board since 2004.

Stephen Haseldine - Chairman, Deaf Alerter, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain

Steve Haseldine FIMC FRSA is the Chairman of three companies, Alerter Group plc, Electronic Communications Ltd and Evets Communications Ltd, businesses that design and manufacture in-building, radio-based, emergency communication systems; software defined radio solutions and operate PMR, FM Broadcast and Cellular transmission sites. He is also the Chairman of the Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain.  His connection with radio started over 50 years ago as a schoolboy, when he became a licensed radio amateur, an interest which has influenced much of his professional career. Sponsored as a Computer Science student focused on software development with Rolls Royce, he subsequently worked for GEC Telecommunications before becoming a Management Consultant with Price Waterhouse. Starting his own software house and radio communication businesses in 1979 he has found it rewarding that his two passions of software and radio have evolved into an almost common technology. He has seen his own companies being judged the Midlands Best Small Business of 2013 and the leading Company for Innovation in both 2012 and 2013. As well as remaining an active radio amateur, Steve has now amassed one of the largest personal collections of communication radio equipment in the UK, with over 3000 receivers, transmitters and ancillary equipment, the vast majority of which are fully operational. The collection spans from the early spark transmitters to the latest Software Defined Radios.

Andy Sutton - Principal Network Architect, British Telecommunications

Andy Sutton is a Principal Network Architect within BT Architecture and Strategy team. He is responsible for 5G end to end network architecture, RAN architecture evolution and mobile backhaul strategy and architecture. Andy holds an MSc in mobile communications from the University of Salford and has over 30 years of experience within the telecommunications industry. Andy’s research interests include; distributed and centralised RAN and core architectures and protocols, network dimensioning, QoS and mobile backhaul (optical transmission, microwave and millimetre wave radio systems, network architecture and protocols along with synchronisation and time distribution in telecommunications networks). He also works on low latency and ultra-reliable networks architecture and design. During his career Andy has worked for Mercury Communications Ltd, Orange, H3G, EE and BT. Andy holds the post of Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool and University of Salford. Andy is a chartered engineer and holds fellowships from the IET, BCS and ITP. Andy contributes to International telecommunications standardisation activities and several industry forums. Andy also has an interest in the history and heritage of telecommunications and is a CW Heritage SIG Champion.

Geoff Varrall - Director, RTT Online

Geoff Varrall joined RTT in 1985 as an executive director and shareholder to develop RTT's international business as a provider of technology and business services to the wireless industry. He co-developed RTT's original series of design and facilitation workshops including 'RF Technology', 'Data Over Radio', 'Introduction to Mobile Radio', and 'Private Mobile Radio Systems and developed 'The Oxford programme', a five day strategic technology and market programme presented annually between 1991 and 2005. Geoff has been running in depth technology and market workshops for the industry for over 33 years, spanning five generations of mobile cellular technology. A co-author of the Mobile Radio Servicing Handbook (Heinemann Butterworth, UK), Data Over Radio, (Quantum Publishing, Mendocino, USA and 3G Handset and Network Design (John Wiley, New York). Geoff's fourth book, Making Telecoms Work – from technical innovation to commercial success (John Wiley) was published in early 2012 followed by 5G Spectrum and Standards published by Artech House in July 2016. His latest book 5G and Satellite Spectrum Standards and Scale is now available from Artech House and can be ordered from http://uk.artechhouse.com/5G-and-Satellite-Spectrum-Standards-and-Scale-P1935.aspx Delegates to this event can get a 25% discount and free posting by applying the discount code VAR25.As a past Director of Cambridge Wireless, Geoff is actively involved in a number of wireless heritage initiatives that aim to capture and record past technology and engineering experience and is a patron of the Science Museum In his spare time he plays Jazz trumpet semi-professionally and is a marathon and ultra-runner.

Nigel Wall - Director, Climate Associates

Nigel Wall is an independent system engineering consultant and Director of Climate Associates Ltd: CAL helps organisations optimise ICT system design based on understanding the whole life carbon footprint cost of deploying innovative ICT technology compared to using current systems. Climate Associates are leading work with ITU-T SG5 and ETSI in standardising the analysis and in determining best practice. Nigel is also involved with Intelligent Transport Systems - 'connected cars' he is the Chair of the ITS UK Communications SIG and the Land Navigation & Location Group at the Royal Institute of Navigation.

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