April 11, 2020 by Gunston Nutbush Hall
We continue our investigation of the CERN, 5G, Satellite to Earth connection. Today we have a technology transfer from CERN to a new startup for laser satellite 5G transmission.
“An innovative technology used to align the components of accelerators is breaking through into the field of telecommunications. The structured laser beam system, developed by a team of CERN surveyors in collaboration with the Institute of Plasma Physics in Prague (IPP) will be used to improve mobile phone networks. CERN’s Knowledge Transfer group and Aircision, a Dutch start-up, have signed an agreement on the use of this new system in next-generation telecomminication links.
The structured laser beam system is capable of producing beams that are virtually non-diffractive over several hundred metres, whereas the systems currently available on the market produce such beams over a distance of only a few metres. Thanks to these properties, this technology is clearly of interest in many fields, in particular the high-speed transmission of data over long distances with high reliability.
Aircision will apply the technology to the transmission of data between mobile phone masts, particularly with a view to modernising the existing infrastructure for 5G and beyond. The Dutch start-up expects to finalise its prototype and deploy a pilot test later this year.”
And about Aircision
Press release: Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March 2020
Aircision announces a breakthrough in Free Space Optics powered-5G, using groundbreaking laser technology developed at CERN
On January 30, Ericsson and VodafoneZiggo opened the 5G Hub at High Tech Campus Eindhoven. Today at the High Tech Campus, Aircision announced its readiness to field test its groundbreaking laser-based 5G communications technology. Aircision’s solution is based on a structured laser beam technology developed at CERN in Switzerland, which enables long-range, 100 gigabits-per-second data transmission with high reliability.
“The lab tests we conducted with TNO, the Netherlands Organization for applied scientific research, of Aircision’s Free Space Optics (FSO) solution under adverse atmospheric conditions were promising enough to proceed to the next phase of outdoor testing.” said Aircision CTO Dr. John Reid. “Our system is more resistant to atmospheric effects, such as fog, and brings incomparable improvement compared with existing FSO technologies. Our technology offers great potential for FSO in overcoming bottlenecks that have hindered its application in the past such as limits on distance, latency and reliability. Most importantly, with our technology, we offer a faster pathway to higher bandwidth capacity, whereas microwave has significant hurdles to overcome on that front.”
In 2018, HighTechXL and CERN launched a partnership to build new deep-tech ventures using breakthrough technologies developed at CERN. Supported by industry giants such as ASML and Philips, the Eindhoven Startup Alliance mobilized its unique know-how, networks and expertise to support the new ventures, such as Aircision, to scale up quickly.
“We are excited to facilitate this 5G test project with our partners at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven,” said Han Dols, Head of Business Development at CERN. “Many technology breakthroughs in the last decades have been created at CERN, such as the worldwide web; we will continue to do so in the future. By teaming up with Nikhef, HighTechXL and the Eindhoven Startup Alliance, we are proud to enable Aircision to demonstrate the value of this cutting-edge technology in telecommunication,” Dols said.
“We’re not only rolling out the first 5G network in urban areas like Eindhoven, but we’re also creating a key piece of technology crucial to bringing high-bandwidth communications to rural areas around the globe,” HighTechXL’s CEO Guus Frericks added. “In addition, FSO can be a permanent solution for remote areas of the world where fiber optics networks are not technically or economically viable to build out. Taking part in this 5G project is just a start.”
In the next phase, TNO Space will help with assessing the technology, demonstrating feasibility and raising the technical readiness level further. The plan is to jointly conduct tests, analyze, and validate Aircision’s Free Space Optics (FSO) under adverse atmospheric conditions using TNO’s 5G network infrastructure in Den Haag and Scheveningen.
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