The VISUALISE Project

My final-year project looked at WiFi and advanced cellular technologies. I made use of professional equipment provided by Motorola and Inmarsat. The project looked at streaming H264 video to remote locations using a Broadband Global Area Network satellite link. WiFi and cellular technologies were used for local distribution to laptops and PDAs.

This work tied in with the government funded ‘VISUALISE’ project. This was a large collaborative project involving a range of industrial partners, such as BT, Inmarsat and North One Media. The ‘VISUALISE’ project aimed to radically enhance the spectator experience, providing users with real-time access to unfolding events via mobile phones and PDAs.

The project exposed me to real-world equipment. Not only was this inspirational but, working with industry afforded me the opportunity to travel and work in their state-of-the-art labs alongside world-class engineers. It also enabled me to get involved in the VISUALISE project, where I helped to design and implement a prototype system that was tested at the World Rally Championships in South Wales.

The project has directly influenced what I am doing now and solidified my relationship with Motorola which had grown throughout my undergraduate studies by means of sponsorship and regular summer placements. Having successfully completed this project I have since gone on to study a PhD in the Department with sponsorship from Motorola.

At Bristol the teaching is research-led so the lecturers are extremely interested, approachable and have an informal ‘open-door’ policy. Bristol is a fantastic place to live with a superb cultural scene and a vibrant nightlife.

David Halls, MEng Electronic and Communications Engineering

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