Motorola R&D Executive: “Alternate Networks a Step toward Unifying the Network”
Calls to Industry and Academia for Research Collaboration on Network Convergence to Enable a Future of Seamless Mobility
PARIS, FRANCE and SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – 6 December 2005 – ““The future of wireless will bring traditional cellular and IP wireless data networks closer together and create an integrated medium for delivery of converged services,” said Gary Grube, Corporate Vice President, Wireless Access Research, Motorola, who will speak to the world’s leading telecommunications and wireless researchers and influencers at this week’s 15th Meeting of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF).
“Alternate networks, such as mesh or ad hoc, provide flexible, efficient and highly cost effective solutions to take the wireless world to the next level by helping bridge the gap between existing wireless infrastructure and emerging wireless needs.” he said.
A global leader in wireless communications, Motorola (NYSE:MOT) states that in order to make the future of Seamless Mobility a reality, Motorola and the industry must invest in research that will enable these diverse networks to interoperate automatically to meet all and any individual needs.
“In today’s environment – the users, applications and business needs – are constantly changing. Users themselves are focused on the task at hand – not identifying and finding the right network for that task. The concept of Seamless Mobility takes these factors into consideration, and through increased device and network intelligence, enables data to be accessed at anytime, anywhere, based on particular role,” explained Grube.
Motorola is looking past the traditional approach to future communications, based around traditional networks and network topologies, and building intelligence directly into wireless device and network infrastructure. These alternate networks will supply scalable architectures and the intelligence necessary to reorganize and redeploy services and resources to adapt to changing user needs.
“Motorola has already taken first steps in this direction with its research in autonomic networking and the introduction of its Mesh networking architecture. Both of these efforts can be used with existing radio technologies and standards to enable wireless networks to form and evolve instantly and automatically in any given location,” added Grube.
Gary Grube will deliver one of the keynote presentations commencing WWRF in Paris, France, December 8-9, 2005, in which he will discuss Motorola’s vision for the future of network convergence and Seamless Mobility and call to key members of the wireless industry and academia to shift their research focus to alternate networks.
The two-day forum will consist of plenary and working group and special interest sessions, and bring together more than 150 organization members from around the world with the goal of identifying and promoting new and existing research areas and technical trends for the mobile and wireless systems of tomorrow.
More about Alternate Networks
Some of Motorola’s current research focuses on disruptive wireless networking technologies and their intersection with the business architecture deemed appropriate for service provisioning in context of Seamless Mobility. For more information on the concept of Alternate Networks visit http://www.motorola.com/mot/doc/6/6009_MotDoc.pdf.
Examples of disruptive networking trends under research focus at Motorola include but are not limited to the following technologies:
* Autonomic Networking: Autonomic networking provides programmable intelligence that enables seamless mobility applications to make management decisions in accordance with applicable policy rules. Motorola is influencing the development of autonomic networking technology in two important areas – the enabling of system self-awareness and of business-driven adaptation. For more information, visit http://www.motorola.com/mot/doc/5/5978_MotDoc.pdf.
* Mesh Networks: Wireless mesh networking leverages the concept of wired internet where each node acts as a router/repeater for other nodes in the network. These nodes can be fixed pieces of network infrastructure and/or can be the mobile users themselves resulting is a decentralized and inexpensive mobile broadband network, since each node need only transmit as far as the next node. For more information, visit http://www.motorola.com/mot/doc/6/6007_MotDoc.pdf.
* Cognitive Networks: Cognitive, wireless access networks are those networks that can dynamically alter their topology and/or operational parameters to respond to the needs of particular users while enforcing operating and regulatory policies and optimizing overall network performance. A cognitive infrastructure consists of reconfigurable elements and intelligent management functionality that will progressively evolve the policies based on past actions. For more information, visit http://www.motorola.com/mot/doc/6/6005_MotDoc.pdf.
Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless networks. In your home, auto, workplace and all spaces in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need, anywhere, anytime. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola had sales of US $31.3 billion in 2004. For more information: www.motorola.com.
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