CUE grand finalist eComm says its product development currently relies on research grants but the enterprise is seeking £500k investment in the next phase for deploying its first product. More investment will be sought for ongoing development.Business rationale
Due to the severe signal penetration loss, large building blocks have increasing demand for in-building infrastructures to provide wireless services (3G, Wifi and etc). Most recent market research forecasts worldwide deployment revenues from in-building wireless systems to grow from $3.8 billion in 2007 to over $15 billion in 2013. Distributed antenna system (DAS) is an attractive approach for improving radio coverage in buildings. However, tradition DAS suffers from a requirement for high linearity, dynamic range and energy consumption. Using digital signal processing techniques, we have demonstrated a high efficient digital DAS system. This approach also enables installation on top of existing systems. Reconfigurable digital system and high energy efficiency lead to significant reduction in both construction and maintenance costs.
Vision and Mission
eComm focuses on the development and distribution of novel digital DAS. It aims to provide the best smart in-building wireless infrastructure to the market. Its vision is to build seamless, reliable and high performance communication system for every customer in a cost effective manner.
Tongyun Li is a PhD researcher in the centre for photonic systems at the University of Cambridge. He has over three years research experience on the digital DAS. He graduated from University of Aberdeen with a BEng degree (1st class honours) in 2007 and joined the centre for photonic systems in the same year. His research topic is ‘Digital Radio Over Fibre Distribute Antenna Systems’ and he is now seeking opportunities to commercialise the technology.
Dr. Michael Crisp is a research associate in the centre for photonic systems at the University of Cambridge. He has over five years experience on developing DAS and related business. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MEng degree in 2005 and subsequently joined the centre for photonic system as a PhD researcher on the topic ‘Radio Over Fibre Distribute Antenna Systems’. He became a research associate in the same group in 2009.
Prof. Ian White is van Eck Professor of Engineering, the Pro-vice Chancellor for institutional affairs of the University of Cambridge. He has also been elected as next master of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. Prof White graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge where he gained his BA and PhD degrees and was subsequently appointed a research fellow and assistant lecturer at the University. He moved to the University of Bath to become Professor of Physics and then to the University of Bristol where he was Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He returned to Cambridge in 2001.
Prof White has built up a substantial research activity in the field of optoelectronics and optical communications. In terms of research output, the group is one of the largest in the field of optoelectronic systems in the UK. He is heavily involved in policy development and administration of research and sits on a number of International Conference Committees. He is also currently an editor of Optical and Quantum Electronics and an honorary editor of Electronics Letters. He has published in excess of 600 publications and holds 20 patents.
Prof. Richard Penty graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Engineering and Electrical Sciences in 1986 and a PhD for research into nonlinear optical fibre devices in 1990. Richard Penty was then a SERC IT research fellow at Cambridge until taking up a lectureship in physics at the University of Bath later that year. In 1996 he moved to the University of Bristol as a lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, subsequently being promoted to a professorship. His current research is in radio over fibre systems, optically switched networks, and advanced functional photonic components.
In 2001 he moved to the Cambridge University Engineering Department, where he currently holds the position of Professor of Photonics, and was elected to a fellowship of Sidney Sussex College in 2002. He is an honorary editor of IEE Optoelectronics and has co-authored over 400 papers.
• Photograph shows: eComm’s Dr Michael Crisp (left) and Tongyun Li