Space Wars: Satellites versus LPWAN

With nanosatellites now delivering affordable communication options for devices in the field, engineers will need to understand the real-world performance of satellites versus wide area terrestrial solutions.
Space Wars: Satellites versus LPWAN

Space Wars: Satellites versus LPWAN

Presenters: Warwick Gillespie, Research Engineer, Sense-T, University of Tasmania and Simon Edwards, Research Engineer, Sense-T, University of Tasmania

Description: As satellite options < > for delivering backhaul communication services for Internet of Things systems begin to roll out, engineers in numerous fields will need to choose between the space-based systems or the new generations of terrestrial based Low Power Wide Area Networks <> (LPWAN). Engineers usually rely on the specifications provided by vendors when designing the best technical solutions. However, what happens in the field can be a very different matter.

Sense-T, at the University of Tasmania, has been conducting live trials with some of the very first nanosatellites to come online against LoRaWAN, one of the leaders in the LPWAN space.  Set in an agricultural setting, the aim of the project is to determine real world information on key factors like power consumption of IoT devices and the range of the terrestrial systems. Factors such as weather conditions and topography will be assessed, delivering valuable insights not just to agricultural engineers, but any one working with systems in remote locations, mobile systems or global distribution chains.

The webinar is scheduled to be delivered as soon as the results have been analysed, given EA members cutting edge insights in this new frontier of IoT.

About the presenters:

Warwick has been a Research Engineer in the Sense-T team at the University if Tasmania since 2015. Prior to this he spent five years at Myriax, a Hobart based Software Company, as Technical Support and Product Manager on the Eonfusion software project, a multi-dimensional GIS package for analysis and visualisation of time-varying geospatial data.  He has also lectured in Engineering at the University of Tasmania.  Warwick has a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems) with First Class Honours and a PhD, both at UTAS.  His PhD research focused on content-based video indexing and retrieval, developing video processing techniques to define feature metrics, and investigating machine learning algorithms to perform classification and indexing. 

Simon has been a Research Engineer in the Sense-T team at the University if Tasmania since 2016. He has worked with technology companies since 1990 and has gained a wealth of experience in research and development.  He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics, Hons) and areas of research have included embedded systems, refrigeration technologies, X-band radar, precision temperature control systems, and neural networks.  Simon has over 15 years’ experience in IT and commercialization and founded a successful start-up in 2000, developing bespoke networked applications/software products. He also has extensive experience architecting applications streamline compliance and business processes in various industries.

When: 12pm (NSW time) 15 May 2018. The presentation will last 30 minutes followed by 30 minutes question time.

Where: The presentation by webinar

Cost: This presentation is free to members of Engineers Australia (EA), the Australian Computer Society (ACS), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and IEEE. Just provide your membership number during registration for the event. The cost for non-members is $30.

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15 / 05 / 2018 - 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
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15 / 05 / 2018 01:00 pm
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