John Yaldwyn focuses on the technical considerations of narrowband radio systems in critical infrastructure and public safety. He is a member of the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) Engineering Advisory Board and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, and the New Zealand SAR advisory committee. A graduate of VUW, he has a science degree and has done postgraduate study in France at École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications.
Thursday, 2 May: 2.00pm-2.30pm
Private radio field area networks and LTE — competition or complementary?
If the technical press could be believed, LTE should be ruling the SCADA world and private networks using conventional radio technology would be outmoded. Well that hasn’t happened yet. Why not and why is the rate of adoption slow?
This presentation will look at the strengths and weaknesses of candidate field area network technologies including private radio, unlicensed, LTE, and 3GPP NB-IoT. Critical factors like availability, coverage, resilience, latency, and data rates will be evaluated. Which technology is best suited to the various field applications and what should a sensible FAN strategy be? The utility industry have always been pragmatic and quick to deploy the appropriate and available fit-for-purpose technology. But now there is more choice than ever while the financial, spectrum, and regulatory landscape has become more complex. Let’s put the technologies to test and review the current state of technology on offer.