KU wins $1.8M grant for wireless research

Kansas City,MO (11-24-2003)

From The Business Journal of Kansas City

The University of Kansas won a $1.8 million National Science Foundation grant for work on radio frequency spectrum and new wireless technologies, KU said Monday.

Radio frequency spectrum is the wireless medium that enables radio signals and other information to travel between points.

The money will finance the National Radio Networking Research Testbed, a three-year research project of the KU Information and Telecommunication Technology Center, KU said in a written release.

"The RF spectrum is a limited resource, and it is not being used efficiently," Gary Minden, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at KU and the project's leader, said in the release. "The spectrum has 'empty pockets' within it that may provide radio designers with additional resources. But before this can happen, we must find out how the spectrum is currently being used."

Victor Frost, the center's director, said in the release that the growth of wireless communication devices has bred increased competition for prime spectrum. He noted that some mobile phone companies have hit capacity in markets and that applications such as wireless high-speed Internet will only intensify the problem.

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