Wireless and Digital Services

Mobile phone with health applications
By Tim Murdoch: Wednesday 27th September, 2017

Money in low power wide area networks for IoT won’t come from connectivity

“Money in low power wide area networks won’t come from connectivity” Mohamad Nasser, general manager of Sprint’s IoT business unit reported to Mobile World Live this week. LPWA (low power wide area) networks such as LTE-M, NB-IoT and LoRa are designed to move small amounts of data from billions of things as efficiently as possible. […]

Conventional upscaling versus super-res
By Monty Barlow: Thursday 24th August, 2017

Magic using super resolution neural networks

There’s a scene in Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner where the protagonist zooms deeper and deeper into a photograph of a crime scene, revealing a seemingly impossible level of detail. Just how fanciful this scene really is has been debated by sci-fi fans for decades, but the ability for photographers to significantly enhance a […]

By Michal Gabrielczyk: Friday 18th August, 2017

What’s it worth? 5G and a new approach to spectrum valuation

    With a number of 5G spectrum awards on the horizon, it seems like the right time to reflect on the way in which it is awarded. Auctions are favoured in most markets around the world, as it’s generally accepted that these allow assignment to be guided to the user with the highest value […]

Innovative digital revolution of internet of things
By Tim Winchcomb: Wednesday 19th July, 2017

IoT security risks are real but will not stop its growth

In 1981 the first mass outbreak of a computer virus, the Elk Cloner, took place, infecting Apple II computers via floppy disks. Even though it relied on the manual sharing of disks to replicate, public ignorance of the new threat meant it spread quickly. Today there are about 18 billion computers and electronic devices connected […]

Vlog - Jonathan Pallant
By Jonathan Pallant: Monday 10th July, 2017

Vlog: The future is Rust

At Cambridge Consultants we work on around 300 separate software projects each year, and as an Embedded Systems Engineer, I’ve written more C code than I dare to remember. Rust is a new programming language from Mozilla, with the tag line “safe, fast, concurrent – pick three”. Here’s why I think Rust might be the […]

By Richard Leyland: Thursday 29th June, 2017

Machine Learning with ‘The Aficionado’

Our team is at the cutting edge of Machine Learning. We set out to collide science and art, to develop a machine learning system with human-like judgement, in the infinitely complex world of live music. Here’s how:

Image courtesy Flickr user Chiu Ho-yang
By Tim Murdoch: Friday 2nd June, 2017

The Sharing Economy – truly useful or recycled hype?

The New York Times has an interesting article on the bubble emerging in China for start-ups that promote sharing stuff: Bikes, concrete mixers and even basketballs. With acres of bikes for hire now lying unused, and Uber swallowed up by a price war, you might have thought that the hype for the sharing economy in […]

By Phil Dempster: Thursday 18th May, 2017

It’s time to kill the USB flash drive

The humble USB flash drive is a tenacious thing. The convenience of holding files on a device and sharing with a physical plug in means that we’re often prepared to overlook the glaring security weaknesses – data leakage and malware – inherent in their use. But last week’s WannaCry attack, unprecedented in scale and exposing […]

By Colin Campbell: Friday 12th May, 2017

What links drone racing, groceries and 5G?

Drone racing looks really cool, particular the First Person View (FPV) stuff: It’s Star Wars made small and real. Not convinced? Check this out: Fun, right? I’m a Senior Consultant in our Wireless and Digital Services division – a wireless guy – so my mind immediately goes to that First Person View and I think […]

By Chris George: Thursday 4th May, 2017

Testing – Is it just a phase? (Part 2)

In Part 1, we looked at how testing is not a synonym for quality and that everyone involved in a project must be responsible for quality. In Part 2, we look at how testers can provide greater value in your projects, and how we have lived this at Cambridge Consultants. How can testers affect quality? […]