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About the group

The Cambridge Wireless Connected Devices Special Interest Group focuses on applications, systems and underlying technologies of wireless communication where the end device is a machine or other device that’s not a handset.

The group's scope encompasses the concepts of Machine to Machine (M2M) communication and the Internet of Things from the perspectives of key applications, systems design and technology. This includes wide-area networking (WAN), standard cellular communications, satellite systems and broadband, and where required local-area networking (LAN), Bluetooth, Near-Field Communications (NFC), Ultra Wide-Band (UWB), Wi-Fi, Zigbee, and other less well-known standards. Proprietary radio systems are also considered along with the data centre and back-office systems required to deliver the actual end-to-end service that customers and service providers require. 

The group seeks to:

  • Showcase and promote the use of wireless communications in a broad range of markets including consumer electronics, enterprises, healthcare, industry, smart energy and security
  • Address the modern trend toward ubiquitous connectivity, examining its benefits and costs
  • Share knowledge between developers and users of the technology both on the available standards and on relevant proprietary technologies
  • Share expertise on development issues such as product certifications, qualification and export licence controls
  • Explore new business opportunities for members in these technologies and their applications

The SIG aims to hold 2-3 meetings each year in Cambridge, as well as occasional events elsewhere in the UK and Europe.

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SIG Champions

  • Paul Green — Creative Director, Iotic Labs

    Paul originated Arkessa in 2006 - the business that provides remote internet services to multitudes of machines. He is currently creating the services Arkessa will offer in five year's time. His professional life combined engineering and science has taken him through a variety of roles, including design and production engineering, business planning, marketing and corporate sales, mainly in the telecommunications...

    Paul originated Arkessa in 2006 - the business that provides remote internet services to multitudes of machines. He is currently creating the services Arkessa will offer in five year's time. His professional life combined engineering and science has taken him through a variety of roles, including design and production engineering, business planning, marketing and corporate sales, mainly in the telecommunications sector. Interestingly, the first product he introduced to manufacture is now is in the Science Museum in London. A passionate and committed Christian, Paul is as excited about materials science and quantum physics as he is interested in railways, walking, skiing and the natural world.

  • Nick Hunn — CTO, WiFore Consulting

    For the past thirty years Nick has been closely involved with short range wireless and communications, designing technology that helps to bring mobility to products, particularly in the areas of telematics, M2M, IoT, wearables, smart energy and mobile health. He is closely involved with the Bluetooth SIG, the Continua Alliance and other medical and wireless standards bodies. He is the...

    For the past thirty years Nick has been closely involved with short range wireless and communications, designing technology that helps to bring mobility to products, particularly in the areas of telematics, M2M, IoT, wearables, smart energy and mobile health. He is closely involved with the Bluetooth SIG, the Continua Alliance and other medical and wireless standards bodies. He is the author of 'The Essentials of Short Range Wireless' - a book attempting to explain the application of wireless technology to product developers.

  • Tim Whittaker — Wireless Audio/Visual & DECT systems, Cambridge Consultants

    Cambridge Consultants was started in 1960 to pioneer the delivery of independent design and development services in electronic, mechanical and product engineering: we are one of the founder companies of the high-technology Cambridge phenomenon. Our history of world-class services is augmented by our development of intellectual property in telecommunications, software, silicon and medical devices, and by more than 20 successful...

    Cambridge Consultants was started in 1960 to pioneer the delivery of independent design and development services in electronic, mechanical and product engineering: we are one of the founder companies of the high-technology Cambridge phenomenon. Our history of world-class services is augmented by our development of intellectual property in telecommunications, software, silicon and medical devices, and by more than 20 successful spin-out ventures. Today Cambridge Consultants employs 350 engineers, scientists, project managers and technicians with offices in Cambridge, UK and Cambridge, MA in the USA; we provide the full range of services for excellent product design to a worldwide client base in the wireless, consumer, industrial and medical markets. Tim Whittaker is a System Architect in the Wireless business unit, where he has taken the technical lead in projects using radio standards like Bluetooth, ZigBee, DECT, and in the creation of specialist communications schemes for new applications, or to use new spectrum allocations.

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