Article: £1.3 million of new funding for net zero-driven energy data application winners

Energy, Open Provisioning

£1.3 million of new funding for net zero-driven energy data application winners

Close to £1.3 million of new funding across nine new digital energy data projects has been announced by UK Research & Innovataion (UKRI). The non-departmental public body is awarding the funding through its ‘Modernising Energy Data Applications phase 1’ competition, overseen by the Prospering From the Energy Revolution challenge.

The competition requires projects to develop data applications that address the challenges faced by organisations and individuals to deliver net zero local energy systems. The nine winning applicants are: Urbantide Ltd; Alian Ltd; Brits Energy Ltd; City Science Corporation Ltd; Power My Hub Ltd; Zuhlke Engineering Ltd; GL Industrial Services UK Ltd; Mind Foundry Ltd; and Advanced Infrastructure Technology Ltd

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Article: Low Cost Cellular Networks with OpenBTS

BTS, Open Infrastructure

Low Cost Cellular Networks with OpenBTS

In mid-2007, Kestrel Signal Processing, Inc., a small software radio consulting shop in northern California, started writing an implementation of a GSM basestation. The initial developers were Kestrel co-founder Harvind Samra and myself. Our goal was to create a new kind of light-weight cellular network that could be built out inexpensively in remote and sparsely populated areas. Our software-radio GSM system, now called OpenBTS, was released publicly under the GPLv3 license in September 2008 and will be used in pilot deployments with small operators by the time this article goes to publication.

This will probably be the first use of a free software basestation in a public cellular network, where both network operators and subscribers can download and read the full source code of the GSM protocol stack that connects their handsets to the rest of the world and where the operators will be free to modify the system to meet their specific needs. This article introduces the goals and evolution of the OpenBTS project.

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