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  1. 1. Communication Technologies
  2. 2. <ul><li>Scotland’s Comms market covers the 4 main sectors of; fixed line comms, mobile & wireless comms, broadcast services and cross-cutting business (convergence) </li></ul><ul><li>Fixed Line Communications – this is a mature market and will not grow significantly n number of users but through technology developments. Major areas of product development are in broadband services to the home, digital telephony (VoIP), low cost WLAN (Wireless local area networks) and home media gateways (ADSL / WLAN router/firewall). </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile & Wireless Comms – this is a very fast growing market and growing in number of users and technology developments. Product development areas are; mobile data applications (banking, gambling and gaming), location based services (eg user tracking or user directed location specific messaging / advertising), mobile messaging (SMS / text services, video messaging, person to person and machine to machine M2M) and mobile content (value add services such as news, sport, music, adult content, advertising, retail purchasing). </li></ul><ul><li>Broadcast Services – these services are delivered to the user through terrestrial, satellite or cable networks. This is a growing market both in terms of number of users and technology developments. Principal developments include DAB (digital audio broadcasting for radio), video on demand using PVR (personal video recorders), IPTV (TV through the internet), HDTV (high definition TV). </li></ul><ul><li>Cross Cutting Business (Convergence) - tech developments above allow the 3 sectors above to merge into other sectors such as automotive telematics (road and traffic info, congestion charging), public sector services (public information, payment services), leisure (hotel bookings, marketing), security (personnel authentication and authorisation) </li></ul>Communication Technologies - Key Facts
  3. 3. <ul><li>The value chain for the comms industry is shown opposite, split into the 4 segments where Scotland has strengths. These are sub-divided to define core products or services that can be delivered by individual companies. </li></ul><ul><li>The Scottish comms cluster boasts over 200 companies operating in a 50 mile radius of Edinburgh. These include global organisations (Andrew Corp, Agilent, BAe, Raytheon & NCR) and small indigenous Scottish companies (Real Time Engineering, Critical Blue & Seven Layer). </li></ul><ul><li>Across Scotland the breakdown of the industry shows that the core strengths of the companies are focussed in; equipment (47%), Network (19%), Delivery (16%) & Applications (31%). </li></ul><ul><li>A great historical legacy of developments in telecoms technology – see next slide </li></ul>Scotland’s has real strength in Mobile & Wireless Comms and Cross Cutting Business (Convergence), specifically wireless equipment, network management, and mobile applications & content (delivery). Communication Technologies - Key Facts
  4. 4. <ul><li>1859 Thomas Glover – the “father of Japanese industry who founded the giant Mitsubishi company, moved to Nagasaki – Japan </li></ul><ul><li>1867 James Clerk Maxwell – developed Maxwell’s equations to </li></ul><ul><li>define the relationship between electricity & magnetism </li></ul><ul><li>1926 John Logie Baird – demonstrated the first television in his attic to a group of 50 fellow scientists </li></ul><ul><li>1876 Alexander Graham Bell – registers the first patent for the telephone </li></ul>Communication Technologies- Key Facts
  5. 5. <ul><li>1935 Robert Watson-Watt – developed and patented the first radar </li></ul><ul><li>1980s – World’s first optical computer </li></ul><ul><li>demonstrated </li></ul><ul><li>1956 – First trans Atlantic telephone system to use long wave radio transmission was demonstrated </li></ul>Communication Technologies - Key Facts
  6. 6. <ul><li>2001 – Worlds smallest colour television developed by Micro Emissive Displays in Edinburgh </li></ul><ul><li>2005 – Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) choose Scotland for first demonstration of 5GHz based wireless LAN. </li></ul><ul><li>1991 – World’s first commercial reconfigurable computer (Algotronix XHS2X4) was built in Edinburgh </li></ul>Communication Technologies- Key Facts
  7. 7. Scotland’s Competitive Position World class R&D and spin out companies of scale. High calibre, loyal and low cost workforce. Easy location to set-up and do business. <ul><li>Key Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Large pool of experienced and highly skilled graduates in Comms Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Low cost v rest of UK / Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Outstanding academic and commercial R&D base of world renown </li></ul><ul><li>Very strong company base eg. Agilent, Wolfson, Freescale, Panasonic, Epson, Picsel, Xiinix, Research in Motion (RIM), Intel, Cadence, Selex etc </li></ul><ul><li>Buoyant market and high skilled workforce available </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish employee loyalty </li></ul><ul><li>Support network to inward investors </li></ul><ul><li>Strong system focused R&D capability </li></ul><ul><li>English speaking & access to EU markets </li></ul>Communications Technologies - Selling Messages
  8. 8. DSP Wireless <ul><li>The Speckled Computing Consortium (Specknet) – a consortium of 4 of Scotland's universities is developing a new concept in IT using “specks” to communication wirelesslessly – see Specknet case study. </li></ul><ul><li>TES , Elonics & Dukosi – 3 Scottish companies are developing innovative software & chipset products for use with Ultra Wide Band (UWB) applications for the future. </li></ul><ul><li>. Mobile VCE - Signal Processing for Wireless Comms Systems, Wireline Communication Systems - Quality of Service Issues for Wireless Systems – see University section </li></ul><ul><li>The DSP market is worth $50 billion worldwide and Scotland has about 40 companies involved in this area. There is real technical strength in this area in Scotland and presently a cluster is being formed (DSP Scotland) made up of academia & business to promote the sector. Contact David Hartley (SDI) for info. </li></ul><ul><li>Prof Tariq Durrani, Prof John Soraghan & Prof Bob Stewart (Signal Processing Group at University of Strathclyde) – researching into DSP Comms to FPGA Implementations, DSP Radio Design, Digital Comms Physical Layer and more – see University section Institute of Digital Communications at Edinburgh University is world renowned for research in this area. Present research is in the use of DSP in comms, radar, audio, & medical systems, automated telephones and internet applications. </li></ul>Broadband <ul><li>Prof Ivan Andonovic ( Broadband Networks Group at Strathclyde University ) – researching into Multi-Media & Wireless Services, Hierarchical Wireless Service Delivery Systems, Heterogeneous Wireless Networks and Personal Wireless Environments. </li></ul><ul><li>Wolfson – is the Scots company that provides the digital to analog convertor within Apples iPod and Microsoft’s Xbox products. </li></ul><ul><li>Saw You – is the Scots company that has developed the WeeMee & WeeWorld animated characters that appear on Microsoft Messenger, Friends Reunited and many more digital media. </li></ul><ul><li>Absolute Quality – providing innovative testing solutions focused at the mobile games market. </li></ul><ul><li>Prof John Dunlop ( Mobile Communications Group at Strathclyde University ) – researching into Multi-Media & Wireless Services, Hierarchical Wireless Service Delivery Systems, Heterogeneous Wireless Networks and Personal Wireless Environments </li></ul>Mobile Communications Technologies- Wireless & Mobile – Marketing Messages
  9. 9. Equipment – Embedded Software / Components / System Development Network – Infrastructure / Service Provision / Planning trucomm real time engineering Communications Technologies – Key Companies in Scotland
  10. 10. Delivery – Security / Middleware / OSS Network – Infrastructure / Service Provision / Planning mixipix Communications Technologies – Key Companies in Scotland
  11. 11. Key Inward Investors Recent Inward Investments Sun Microsystems Communications Technology – Key Inward Investors
  12. 12. <ul><li>Known as Wireless Telemetry, Machine to Machine or simply M2M, the deployment of GPRS networks has opened up a new market for wireless monitoring. These developments have been supported by the introduction of module choices, various tariff plans and a push for more IT integration. </li></ul><ul><li>Several companies are leading in this market including; Vianet , Justfone & Trisent . With emerging broadband solutions for users requiring high-speed access to the internet and ultrawide band (UWB) providing high speed connections for consumer electronics, these challenging technologies provide both the revenue opportunity and a threat to the existing industry structure. Companies developing in this space include Dukos i , Elonics and TES . </li></ul><ul><li>Dukosi is a fab-less semiconductor design company whose new UWB wireless transceiver chipset now makes it possible for short range wireless systems to match the performance levels of wired networks. Offering greatly- improved price-performance and substantial reduction in power consumption over rival technologies. Dukosi’s chipset opens up new markets in the computing, consumer electronics and automotive sectors which Bluetooth and WiFi are unable to address. </li></ul>Communications Technology – Case Study of Equipment / Component Design for Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
  13. 13. <ul><li>The Speckled Computing Consortium is a collaboration between 5 of Scotland’s most prestigious universities; Universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Glasgow, Napier and St Andrews. </li></ul><ul><li>Speckled Computing is a research infrastructure for realising minute (around 1 cubic mm) semiconductor specks which can sense, compute and communicate wirelessly. Specks, scattered or sprayed on the person or surfaces, will collaborate as programmable computational networks called specknets. Eventually, we can expect miniature sensors, even biological, with a diverse applications capability from sports analysis, health capabilities to security and monitoring. </li></ul><ul><li>I n one example, thousands of specks will be sprayed onto the chest of a patient with coronary heart disease to monitor his or her condition remotely. This collaborative exercise has already received significant funding and gained world-wide recognition. </li></ul><ul><li>Specks will be very cheap, e.g. ‘sold by weight’ </li></ul><ul><li>Very highly rated research </li></ul><ul><li>Working prototypes available now </li></ul><ul><li>Considerable commercial interest, even in the current prototype devices </li></ul>Communications Technology – Case Study of a Leading Collaborative Research Project in Scotland’s Universities
  14. 14. <ul><li>Global economics force companies to increase productivity and reduce expenditure, while real time wireless technologies can allow companies to access enterprise resources anywhere & anytime. </li></ul><ul><li>This can boost productivity, solve problems, reduce decision making time, enhance inter company working and improve accountability across an organisation. Associated with this comes the issue of data security and the development of new enterprise work tools. Companies developing in this space in Scotland include; Helixion , Spartan , Arnlea , Kelvin Connect , Zeroed-In and Keypoint Technologies . </li></ul><ul><li>Helixion is a specialist security software company whose focus is on SIM-related security and m-commerce areas. Helixion builds highly secure software environments for mobile devices based on Java Card, the standard virtual machine and OS environment for tamperproof silicon. </li></ul><ul><li>The company’s products function in all Secure Multimedia Card physical formats and enable Network Operators and system Integrators to further exploit the utility of the Secure Multimedia Card by brining it under the influence of the SIM Smart Card. </li></ul>Communications Technology – Case Study of System Security Product
  15. 15. <ul><li>Embedded camera phones have been one of the biggest success stories in recent years with most phones sold today having a good quality camera built-in. It’s predicted that by the end of this decade over 90% of phones being used will have a camera. Yet despite this rapid adoption, so far there has not been a huge amount of creativity around tapping into the capability of these devices. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Acuity (formerly Spellbinder), a new company created from a Proof Of Concept project at Edinburgh University’s School of Informatics, believe they have a compelling new application which will drive usage of camera phones in new and innovative ways. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Acuity allows mobile users to interact with traditional media and real objects using their camera phones. “The Mobile Acuity concept is relatively simple,“ said Dr Anthony Ashbrook (Senior Research Fellow, Mobile Acuity Project). “Mobile Acuity essentially pushes specific content to your phone if you take and send a picture of a known target object. The target object can be anything from an advert in a newspaper or magazine, a label on a bottle of beer to an information sign at a tourist attraction”. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Mobile Acuity looks at the received picture using the technology we have developed and can determine if the object matches an image we have in the database. The application is very sophisticated in determining if there is a matching image. Based on the type of application we are hosting, we can send the right content based on what the user has sent. </li></ul>Communications Technology – Case Study of a new Application Development and Spin-out Company from Edinburgh University
  16. 16. <ul><li>The 3Motion project was started some three years ago at the Digital Design Studio of the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) , and assisted by the Scottish Enterprise “Proof of Concept” project. GSA has a well-deserved reputation for the education 'real' artists’ but they also do research and commercial work in the general areas of visualisation and interface design. </li></ul><ul><li>The 3Motion project was such a research project, aimed at finding a new approach to interacting with rich graphical environments – virtual reality, visualised data universes, complex designs – and, indeed, as it turned out, games. The combination of hardware and software is all parceled up in the patented 3Motion package but, recombined in different forms, there are many other opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>An example has been built as a games controller into a small box about the size of a mobile phone incorporating a set of batteries and a Bluetooth connection. The interesting bit is the tiny 3Motion sensor. With a Bluetooth equipped PC and receiving software, you have a device sensitive to motion and to orientation. The software can recognise pre-programmed gestures made with the 3Motion controller in hand. You don't need to calibrate its location or set it up before use. You just pick it up and wave it about. </li></ul><ul><li>They have also put the tiny active component into a mobile phone. There it can share the power source and communication facilities of the host and can even use the phone's computing platform. You then have, with very little increase in bulk or power consumption, a phone with motion-awareness. Of course, any phone function – or any series of functions of any complexity – can be matched to a pre-defined gesture or one invented by the user. </li></ul><ul><li>Gestures are silent. Many simple gestures (such as tipping the phone) can be done at the same time as key-tapping, adding a dimension to user control - a mobile device that senses what's happening to it. </li></ul><ul><li>The 3Motion module is minuscule, it costs almost nothing and takes very little power but the device that hosts it experiences the bumps and hazards of life much as its owner does. With the cleverness of the 3Motion software - and some ingenuity - we can start to solve some real-life problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Martyn Horner is Project Manager at 3motion </li></ul>Communications Technology – Case Study of a new Application Development from Glasgow School of Art
  17. 17. <ul><li>MX Alliance - MX is the industry alliance for the mobile and wireless - we connect the community in Scotland and beyond . </li></ul><ul><li>ScotlandIS - To promote Scotland as a world class centre for software, interactive media and internet industries </li></ul><ul><li>Electronics Scotland - To bring together all parts of the sector from design through to manufacture </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Data Association - The Mobile Data Association is the non-profit, global association for vendors and users of mobile data and their advisors. </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless Innovation - Scotland's National Centre for Wireless & Mobile Communications, focused on the economic growth of Scottish Companies developing and selling products within the Wireless Space. </li></ul>Communications Technology - Industry Associations
  18. 18. <ul><li>Mobile VCE – Edinburgh & Strathclyde Universities are part of the consortium of 7 UK Universities and 20 major Industrial Partners including Siemens, Nokia, Videophone, the BBC and Orange. </li></ul><ul><li>Intermediary Technology Institutes (ITIs ) - ITI Techmedia aims to bring Scotland to the forefront of the global market for digital media and communications technology.  ITI Techmedia is one of the three Scotland-based Intermediary Technology Institutes which make up ITI Scotland. Together with our counterparts in Life Sciences and the Energy sectors, we will invest £450 million over ten years to develop a range of pre-competitive technologies with global market potential.  </li></ul><ul><li>EPISTEP - an innovative project supported by the EU to support SME participation in European Technology Platforms (ETP), with particular reference to Mobile Communications ( eMobility ) . Companies that get involved can obtain information about funding opportunities from the European Commission, learn how to get involved in the European Technological Platform relevant to their business and have access to potential partners and joint working groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Kelvin Institute – is a partnership between the University of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde and Scottish Enterprise The Institute is committed to maximising the commercial potential of innovative university research and works closely with partners to identify research projects on which exciting new commercial products and technologies can be based. </li></ul>Communications Technology - Collaboration Opportunities
  19. 19. <ul><li>International Business Opportunities (IBO) - IBO is a web-based service offered by Scottish Development International that matches up business opportunities from foreign companies with interested Scottish organisations. So regardless of the type of business opportunity a company is looking for: joint venture, supplier, distributor, licensing, strategic alliance, etc, the IBO online service means they can contact suitable Scottish companies quickly, easily and effectively to establish successful partnerships in their chosen markets. </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation Relay Centre (IRC) Scotland - IRC Scotland is a gateway to an extensive technology and business network spanning 32 countries across Europe. The IRC works with Scottish organisations to help find innovative new technology, sell or licence innovations or enter into joint development arrangements with suitable partners in Europe. They can also help secure European R&D funding and find Framework 6 partners or projects to join. </li></ul><ul><li>Euro Information Centre - Euro Info Centres (EICs) provide local access to a range of specialist information and advisory services to help companies develop their business in Europe </li></ul>Communications Technology - Collaboration Opportunities
  20. 20. <ul><li>The UK Science Park Association lists 16 business & science parks which are located in Scotland. </li></ul><ul><li>The Scottish Enterprise A –Z Property Listing , provides a large and detailed listing of all science, business location and commercial property parks in Scotland. </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless Innovation - Scotland's National Centre for Wireless & Mobile Communications, focused on the economic growth of Scottish Companies developing and selling products within the Wireless Space. </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish Enterprise has a list available internally on the intranet at Knowledge Exchange Imap – Science Parks & Infrastructure detailing the Science Parks and distance to work data. </li></ul>Communications Technology - Business & Science Parks