Brooklyn 5G Summit will feature demos of future wireless hardware

This year's Brooklyn 5G Summit will demonstrate wireless networking prototypes that could fit into a bandwidth-rich future.

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Spring 2015. (Photo by Brady Dale)

It will take a lot of new gadgets to get our country’s wireless internet to the next level. Two prototypes of two pieces of that equipment will be on view this weekend at the Brooklyn 5G Summit.
Here’s a new buzzword that probably has a couple years till it gets really hot, but you’ll get to say you know about it now: tactile internet.
The term refers to a future when the internet is extremely fast, wireless, everywhere and super reliable. If you’re thinking, “Let’s just get WiFi working well first,” you’re not alone. That said, researchers are gathering from all over the world starting Wednesday night in Brooklyn to talk about 5G wireless and a tactile internet future.
The summit is an invite-only gathering of the top researchers both in academia and industry working toward the next generation of wireless technology. Just what that means is still being sorted out. It could mean smaller cells (as we wrote about last year), but it will probably also include some new kinds of wireless bandwidth (which is a policy question).
Higher-bandwidth channels are able to carry much more data, but they also require more equipment because they aren’t as good at getting through buildings and dense areas (though they are better than people thought they would be initially).
Both NYU WIRELESS and Nokia Networks will be demoing new technology at the summit that could become important elements of building up this infrastructure, according to a press release from the two institutions.
From the release:

Nokia Networks will demonstrate with NI a 10Gbps peak rate system over the air at 73GHz (mmWave), paving the way for future 5G networks.
NYU WIRELESS will demonstrate an updated prototype of a “channel sounder,” which is a system for how millimeter waves propagate in indoor and outdoor environments. Its earlier groundbreaking version of this system provided the first validation that mmWave cellular networks were feasible. The organization’s second demonstration will be a millimeter-wave (mmWave) communication link using an LTE-like transmission but in the higher frequencies bands for future cellular.

We recently previewed the thoughts of one local researcher looking into what will be possible in a not-too-soon, bandwidth-rich future.

Companies: NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Series: Brooklyn

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