The Communications Sector

Social Reliance and Data Access

Never has such a group of products changed the way we see and interact with the world. Information Systems are only valuable when coupled with ease of access and the communication industry has helped bring huge quantities of information to be always available; anytime, any place, any where. Well almost.

Add to those communication capabilities the modern trend of using local sensing (e.g. GPS information, camera information, microphone information) to couple 'context' to powerful comparison techniques, in remote computing centres, to deliver context and content dependent solutions to the mobile platform.

We have experiences in designing and developing Circuit switching (Plain Old Telephone Systems), Packet switching (Data communication, typically TCP/IP) and some limited experience in Message switching (techniques of store and forward used in SMS for example) systems.

Although we don't have direct experience of many of the modern mobile handset and network protocols, we understand much of the technology. Importantly, we understand the system trades between computation and bandwidth that drive the decisions on compression and network utilisation, loss of fidelity, security, error capability, power consumption, quality.

We have experience in designing radio systems and wireless equipments, both terminal and network components, for systems including terminal to terminal (data relay) and terminal to access point networks with highly mobile subscribers (and mobile access points!)

Compute vs Bandwidth

The pendulum swings to and fro. In the old days we had expensive centralised computers and cheap dumb terminals.

Then came cheap local processing.

Then came better connectivity in the network (LAN, WAN or wireless) and we migrated back to centralised capability.

In pursuit of battery life, the revenue cost models chase data transfer to marginalise the cost of local terminal computation.

Is the user experience of the 'cloud' really significantly different to the (unseen) computer room cluster of old?