Wireless and Digital Services

Car park
By Sabrina Blackwell: Thursday 23rd March, 2017

Teaching an old camera new tricks

Few things are as useless as CCTV cameras. Most are low-res, unwatched and unloved. What if I told you that we could turn a bog standard CCTV camera, simply a dumb feed from a camera that’s pointed at a car park that we’ve never even visited, into an automated parking monitor? Machine Vision and Machine […]

By Dr Dominic Crutchley: Wednesday 22nd March, 2017

Mesh networks and the search for the hard stuff

I really like hard problems, and so when people say ‘mesh networks’ to me, my mind is instantly drawn to the hardest problem I can think of: ‘Mobile Ad-Hoc Sensor Networks’. Mesh networking is an interesting thing. It comes in many guises, and has been lauded over the years as the solution to a wide […]

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By Robert Milner: Monday 13th March, 2017

The hidden leap forward at MWC17

Remember when the iPhone 4S came out, back in 2011? If it’s all blurring into one, let me remind you. The media talk was all about the introduction of Siri, an improved camera and faster processing speeds. When Steve Jobs died the day after the phone’s launch, media interest followed this sad news, and the […]

Nokia 3310 - Stealing the show
By Paul Beastall: Thursday 9th March, 2017

Who will be the next Nokia or BlackBerry?

One of the biggest surprises from Mobile World Congress last week was the furore around the new Nokia 3310. Here we have a phone with no real internet connectivity, no touchscreen and a very low resolution camera. Despite the low specs, it is has undoubtedly stolen the limelight from the latest, greatest smartphone launches. Interestingly, […]

Our MWC17 team on the stand
By Derek Long: Monday 6th March, 2017

MWC17 – Tech progress behind the buzzword bingo

As I sit in my office this morning looking at the rain soaked car park I think back to the last few days spent at MWC17 in Barcelona. Was it really as excessive as I recall? Well there certainly were a lot of people there – 108,000 according to the organisers, which is a record. […]

Rust C++
By Mark England: Friday 10th February, 2017

Will C/C++ ever Rust away?

Since the 1970’s C (and later its derivatives like C++) have become the main programming languages used in systems and platform programming, but is that about to change? C/C++ came to dominate over other languages because it exceeds the 80/20 rule; with well written C/C++ you can get well over 80% of the efficiency of […]

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By Vicky Larmour: Wednesday 8th February, 2017

Sustaining Engineering – What is it and why do we do it?

While we all know that developing new and innovative products is fun and interesting, what happens after the excitement of a product launch? The phrase “software product maintenance” tends to conjure up an image of an endless stream of boring bug fixes, alternating with occasional panicked responses to the latest ultraviolet priority crisis when a […]

By Richard Leyland: Tuesday 7th February, 2017

Mobile World Congress is coming…

Mobile World Congress is just 20 days away, and here at Cambridge Consultants we’re counting down the days like a child at Christmas. We have more than 150 wireless experts in the company and a proud record of wireless innovation over decades, so this is the year’s big event for us. You’ll find us in […]

By Brett Wakley: Friday 3rd February, 2017

Radio Design and Black Magic

From fitness trackers to smart thermostats, connected products are increasingly common, part of the ever growing Internet of Things. But if the user has difficulty connecting to a product in order to make the most of all the fantastic functionality that is available, they are left with a negative impression. Worse still, if they can’t […]

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By Vicky Larmour: Thursday 2nd February, 2017

Agile and Embedded – more compatible than you might think?

In the fifteen years since the publication of the Agile Manifesto, agile techniques and methodologies have steadily gained in popularity to the point where last year, a survey identified agile as having overtaken waterfall in the majority of software development projects. In the world of embedded software development, though, it’s not always obvious how agile […]