Wireless clusters cluster

Cambridge Wireless, the Fenlands wireless technology cluster, has formed a partnership with WirelessLAB, Ireland's recently established wireless cluster.

The two clusters will work together to establish special interest groups (SIG) and technical forums.

Joe Moore, founder of Irish technology start-up Socowave and first chairman of WirelessLAB, said: “We are excited about our formal links with the highly successful wireless cluster, Cambridge Wireless, which complements our innovation activities in Ireland and offers WirelessLAB an instant international dimension.”

David Cleevely, chairman of Cambridge Wireless, who attended the launch of WirelessLAB, said: "We are excited about this new formal collaboration with this emerging new cluster, WirelessLAB. We see this partnership as adding a further dimension for our members intensifying their access to innovative change, networking and new markets.”

Other members of WirelessLAB’s founding board, along with Moore, include Professor Anthony Fagan of University College Dublin's school of electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering, and Sam Samuels, director of Bell Labs Ireland & UK. WirelessLAB is based at NovaUCD, the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre at UCD.

Both Cambridge Wireless and WirelessLAB are trying to develop collaborative networks that encourage interactions between members, creating a centre of excellence for wireless technology and a local and international networking forum.

WirelessLAB was launched last month to foster an innovation environment for Ireland's wireless technology community. Objectives include the promotion of Ireland as a centre of excellence for wireless technology, doubling employment in the sector over the next five years and the establishment of international links.

Network members include Alcatel-Lucent, BiancaMed, DecaWave, Ericsson, FMG Electronics, Socowave, Taoglas, The Institute for Micro and Wireless Systems at NUI Maynooth and The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at Queen's University Belfast.

At the launch Joe Moore, Chairman, WirelessLAB said, "Underpinning Ireland's ability to compete in the expanding global wireless market is its range of existing technology companies and the quality of the designers and engineers graduating from Irish universities. However we need to expand this talent pool to support the establishment of a centre of excellence that competes globally."

WirelessLAB has already launched special interest groups on green wireless networks and body-centric communications.


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