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WIA Director Delivers BPL Presentation to 2007 IIR FleetMobile Conference

Date : 29 / 05 / 2007
Author : Phil Wait - VK2DKN

WIA Director Phil Wait (VK2DKN) delivered a presentation on BPL to the IIR 2007 FleetMobile conference held at Star City in Sydney, over the 28-30th of May.
The conference was attended by about 100 executives and business managers responsible for communications and IT in Government Radio Networks including State, Federal and New Zealand Police, Fire Departments, Defence, Emergency Services, and representatives from ACMA and commercial organizations such as Telstra, Motorola and Cisco.

The theme of the conference was the converged future of communications- realizing significant operational benefit by achieving intelligent mobile communications strategies. Discussion centered around new communications technologies which bring together disparate communications systems and technologies into a single operational platform, and where ad-hoc communications links can be easily and quickly formed between different agencies or different parts of an agency to suit the immediate communications needs.

Shortly all forms of information such as, voice, data, location and mapping, video, SMS GPRS and GSM, Email and Internet, will be able to be shared seamlessly between different operators using quite different communications systems. This is especially valuable in disaster response situations where emergency services have at times had difficulty establishing robust communications links with each other.

In short, the traditional divide between voice and data transmission is no more.

This was a very valuable opportunity for the WIA to highlight its concerns about the potential for BPL interference to HF radio communications. As Phil stated, "the unique thing about HF radio is that, unlike other newer technologies, it does not require infrastructure which can easily be destroyed in times of disaster or conflict. There will always be a place for HF radio and its utility must be protected".

The WIA's presentation was extremely well received. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation and the video can be downloaded from the WIA's BPL page or via the following link. This is a large file and will require a broadband connection and a copy of Microsoft PowerPoint. Clubs and others are welcome to use this presentation without modification.


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