Radio Systems for Mission-Critical IoT Communications

Brought to you by The Radio Technology Group

Most of the things in the future IoT are predicted to be connected by radio but a failed connection, in many cases, will have critical implications.

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For some of things in the future of IoT, it really matters that they have a reliable radio connection. For example

  • A connected medical device may be collecting vital data and administering a life-saving drug: a patient can die if the connection fails.
  • A utility meter has to be able to communicate from almost every location where it may be installed, very reliably, for over a decade on a single battery with no option to change or re-charge it; the utility's business case may be non-viable if the radio link doesn't work as predicted.
  • A connected self-driving car relying on a cellular link to guidance and safety systems could crash, if the link doesn't work.
  • Good IoT security depends on a 2-way link for authentication and updating credentials: one-way links will compromise safety and security and open up systems to attack.

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Sponsored by Rohde and Schwarz

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Hosted by Deloitte LLP

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Registration and networking over lunch


Introduction to Radio Technology SIG from Diego Giancola, PA Consulting Group


Welcome from host Scott Campbell, Deloitte


Welcome from sponsor Lindsay Harris, Pre-Sales & Product Marketing Manager, Rohde & Schwarz


Exploring the most challenging radio environments for mission critical IIoT communication’; Reiner Stuhlfauth, Technology Marketing Manager, Rohde & Schwarz

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications require extremely reliable, wireless communication technologies able to operate under quite challenging radio conditions. Understanding aspects of radio wave propagation, such as path loss, power delay profile, reflection, scattering and delay spread in such environments is an important step in developing appropriate technologies. This talk will shortly introduce a test setup to characterize radio wave propagation of the most challenging radio environments and present some first findings from analysing industrial machine-to-machine and vehicle-to-vehicle communication scenarios.




WiSUN: a reliable bearer for mission-critical IoT applications; Simon Dunkley, European Technical and Regulatory Director, Silver Spring Networks

WiSUN mesh is a globally established standard underpinning networks connecting an ever-greater number of mission-critical IoT devices including smart electricity meters, substation transformers, streetlights and smart city sensors. The fundamentals of WiSUN will be explored, revealing the way in which this popular standard is being used to reliably connect over 40 million devices around the world.




How can radio technology adapt to difficult environments?; Robin Heydon, Senior Director, Qualcomm Technology International Ltd

Pending regulatory restrictions, it is always possible to increase the speed, range or power of radio transmissions, but sometimes this is not possible. This talk with introduce some problems and solutions to using radio communications in difficult environments, including understanding mesh networking with Bluetooth and the security implications of this.




Refreshments and networking


Increased range and longer battery life: Design for RF efficiency; John Haine, Visiting Professor, Bristol University

IoT devices are often required to operate in remote locations where network signal levels may be low, and the achievement of long battery life is often a major concern for designers and users. The realisation of high levels of connectivity with minimum power consumption is addressed by optimising RF efficiency. This is a function of the design of the platform, and both the selection of the antenna and its proper implementation.
The talk will explain some of the important design choices that control RF performance and will highlight some of the common pitfalls that should be avoided.


Steve Braithwaite, CTO, ASH Wireless Electronics Ltd

The design of IoT-type sensing systems can be determined by some surprising things. Where access to the assets to be monitored is limited, dangerous and installation must be performed quickly, and no power is available, design must be driven by this. Monitoring equipment for the Celsius electricity substation monitoring project is the result.






Panel session with all speakers chaired by Peter Topham, Qualcomm Technology Ltd


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Steve Braithwaite - Consultant, ASH Wireless Electronics

Steve founded ASH Wireless 19 years ago providing consulting design and product engineering support for wireless devices, sensors and electronics. Prior to that he worked in satellite communications and then taught communications engineering and electronics at the University of Southampton, with which he still works. Steve is also a business mentor at the Future Worlds accelerator in Southampton. 

Simon Dunkley - European Technical and Regulatory Director, Itron

John Haine - Visiting Professor, University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

John Haine has spent his career in the electronics and communications industry, working for large corporations and with four Cambridge start-ups. His technical background includes R&D in radio circuitry and microwave circuit theory; and the design of novel radio systems for cordless telephony, mobile data, fixed wireless access and IoT communications. He has led standardisation activities in mobile data and FWA in ETSI, and contributed to WiMax in IEEE. At various times he has been involved in and led fund-raising and M&A activities. In 1999 he joined TTP Communications working on research, technology strategy and M&A; and after the company’s acquisition by Motorola became Director of Technology Strategy in Motorola Mobile Devices. After leaving Motorola he was CTO Enterprise Systems with ip.access, a manufacturer of GSM picocells and 3G femtocells. In early 2010 he joined Cognovo, which was acquired by u-blox AG in 2012. He led u-blox' involvement in 3GPP NB-IoT standardisation and the company's initial development of the first modules for trials and demonstrations. Now retired from u-blox he is an Honorary Professor in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Bristol University, where he chairs the SWAN Prosperity Partnership Project external advisory board . He was founder chair and is Board Member Emeritus of the IoT Security Foundation. He served on the CW Board chaired the Editorial Board of the CW Journal.  John has a first degree from Birmingham (1971) and a PhD from Leeds (1977) universities, and is a Life Member of the IEEE.

Robin Heydon - Senior Director, Technology, Qualcomm Technologies International

Reiner Stuhlfauth

Reiner Stuhlfauth is a technology manager wireless from the Test & Measurement Division of Rohde & Schwarz in Munich, before that he worked as trainer and has more than 15 years experience in teaching and promoting mobile communication technologies in the background of cellular standards  and non-cellular technologies. He is also involved in several projects concerning 5G, the next mobile communication technology. As technology manager wireless, he links development, customer requirements and sales organisations to coordinate implementation of technical features into  future test solutions.

SIG Champions

Mark Beach - Professor of Radio Systems Engineering, University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

Mark Beach received his PhD for research addressing the application of Smart Antenna techniques to GPS from the University of Bristol in 1989, where he subsequently joined as a member of academic staff. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1996, Reader in 1998 and Professor in 2003. He was Head of the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering from 2006 to 2010, then spearheaded Bristol’s hosting of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Communications. He is the Co-Director of this centre. He leads research in the field of enabling technologies for the delivery of 5G and beyond wireless connectivity; which includes the recent award of an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership in the field of Secure Wireless Agile Networks (SWAN). Mark’s current research activities are delivered through the Communication Systems and Networks Group, forming a key component within Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab. He has over 30 years of physical layer wireless research embracing the application of Spread Spectrum technology for cellular systems, adaptive or smart antenna for capacity and range extension in wireless networks, MIMO aided connectivity for through-put enhancement, experimental evaluation and optimization of Massive MIMO, Millimetre Wave technologies as well as flexible RF technologies for SDR modems. With a strong industrially focused research portfolio, he is also the School Research Impact Director.

Brian Collins - Managing Consultant, BSC Associates

Brian has designed antennas for applications including radio and TV broadcasting, base stations, handsets and consumer products, and has operated his own consultancy firm for the last 12 years. He has published more than 70 papers on antenna topics and contributed chapters to several recent textbooks. He operates a small consultancy company, chairs the Antenna Interface Standards Group and is an Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London.

Paul Harris - Principal Wireless Architect, VIAVI Solutions

Paul is a wireless technology expert with experience across a range of areas including research, design, implementation and standardisation. He received his PhD from the University of Bristol for evaluating the performance of massive MIMO technology in the lead-up to 5G and is currently a Principal Wireless Architect within the CTO Office at VIAVI Solutions providing thought leadership on new and emerging technologies for 5G, 6G and beyond. In line with this he represents VIAVI within a range of bodies and fora including 3GPP, the O-RAN Alliance, ETSI, the Next G Alliance, the 6G-IA and the UKTIN. His experience prior to joining VIAVI includes representing Vodafone within 3GPP for radio performance aspects, contributing to the development of massive MIMO channel estimation solutions at Cohere Technologies, and working with customers as a domain expert at National Instruments to establish effective research solutions using software-defined radio. He is also a Chartered Engineer, Senior Member of the IEEE, Fellow of the ITP, and an Honorary Industrial Fellow at the University of Bristol.

Peter Kibutu - 5G NTN Market lead, TTP plc

Peter has been working in the cellular industry for over 15 years, specialising in modem system architecture and physical layer development. Before joining TTP, Peter worked in the development of 2G/3G/4G wireless modem products and small-cell base station projects for a number of leading cellular equipment vendors. At TTP Peter has worked with a wide range of clients in the satellite and cellular communication domains, specialising in end-to-end system engineering, modem system development and advising on commercial aspects. Currently Peter is the TTP technical lead for 5G/6G activities and represents the company in range of industry bodies including 3GPP and UKTIN.

Peter Topham - Principal Engineer, Qualcomm Technologies International

Peter has more than 30 years experience of RF and high-speed circuit design, taking chips into production ranging from FM Band II through cellular, Bluetooth and on to UWB at 10GHz. He has been with Qualcomm for 7 years, specialising in low-power RF design for portable and wearable products.

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