New Roke service helps industry decrease wireless operating costs

Roke Manor Research (Roke) has launched its Radio Interference Mitigation service, which will help industries that wirelessly monitor systems and services to overcome interference, increase reliability and decrease operating costs of radio-based equipment.


Every industry sector relies on wireless radio systems to acquire data remotely. However, they can regularly experience downtime due to interference from other technologies which operate in the overcrowded VHF and UHF Radio Frequency (RF) bands. The problem is particularly apparent in the 400 MHz to 500 MHz unlicensed bands. Businesses are therefore fighting escalating operating costs as a decrease in system reliability is reducing the benefits of using wireless monitoring.


Bryan Rickett, electromagnetic business area lead at Roke, said: “The V/UHF bands are very popular with industry due to their wide coverage, good propagation and low infrastructure costs. However, their increased usage means that they have become a victim of their own success as interference between different technologies is creating unreliable services that result in costing money rather than saving it. Roke has more than 30 years experience of solving RF problems and our new service will provide expertise to help businesses once again benefit from the use of RF technologies.”


Roke’s RF interference mitigation service comprises planning and design advice, analysis and modeling (propagation models through to detailed modeling, monitoring and diagnostics (direction finding of co-channel signals using super-resolution technology), and mitigation design, manufacture, fitting and testing (antenna layout, antenna selection, filtering, screening and various forms of cancellation technology).

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