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Innovative ‘connected home’ solution showcased at world’s largest mobile exhibition


4 March – University of Hertfordshire academics and specialist test and measurement equipment company, Anritsu, teamed up to demonstrate their connected home solution to over 100,000 visitors at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress 2016.

Developed by the University’s Smart Systems Laboratory and Research team and BRE, the connected home solution is an innovative system which enables home owners on any internet-connected device to control and view any device linked to the network in real time through an application. 

Using a network simulator provided by Anritsu, the team demonstrated how the connected home system could be linked to the cloud and were able to test out the operating parameters from the lab in Hertfordshire. The team could see how the system’s in-home LTE gateway at the exhibit in Barcelona would perform in mobile networks from across the world, supporting all major worldwide standards within a single simulator.

Smart Systems Research Team Leader and Principal Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Technology at the University of Hertfordshire, Johann Siau said: ‘We have sufficiently developed the technology and we are currently looking for support from manufacturers. The research is ongoing to improve the cleverness that sits in the cloud and this can be extended and improved as time goes on. The connected home system demonstrates how we can improve our energy management, energy security and energy intelligence.’ 

The connected home system utilises various wireless transmission standards for communicating between smart sockets, switches, thermostats and home gateway to a cloud server, using a LTE, 3G or GPRS network and GPS positioning data. Once the data is processed, the status of the user’s home is monitored on an interactive user interface available via the cloud to any suitable tablet, PC or smartphone. 

To test this in real time, the team used Gemalto’s Machine-to-Machine (M2M) modules along with the Anritsu MD8475A network simulator to test connectivity. They were able to create a complete test environment, simulating any type of cellular connectivity, to ensure correct operation of the system. The provision of the testing equipment by Anritsu, has allowed the research team to further develop and test the connected home system and validate their findings. 

The Smart Systems team previously worked with Anritsu last year, where they partnered up to demonstrate a cloud-based connected car system at Mobile World Congress 2015.  

About the University of Hertfordshire:

  • The University’s vision is to be internationally renowned as the UK’s leading business-facing university.  It is innovative and enterprising and challenges individuals and organisations to excel.  

  • The University of Hertfordshire is one of the region’s largest employers with over 2,700 staff and a turnover of over £238 million.

  • With a student community of over 24,800 including more than 4,100 overseas students from 100 different countries, the University has a global network of over 210,000 alumni. 

  • It is also one of the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old, according to the new Times Higher Education 100 under 50 rankings 2015.

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About Anritsu 
Anritsu Corporation ( has been a provider of innovative communications solutions for more than 120 years. The company's test and measurement solutions include wireless, optical, microwave/RF and digital instruments, operations support systems and solutions that can be used during R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed devices for design into communication products and systems. With the addition of OSS monitoring solutions it has expanded its offering to provide complete solutions for existing and next-generation wireline and wireless communication systems and service providers. Anritsu sells in over 90 countries worldwide with approximately 4,000 employees.

For further information please contact:
Eric Fauxpoint
Director - EMEA Business Development
Anritsu EMEA
Tel: +33 1 60 92 15 50
Janice Ashton
Napier Partnership Limited
Tel: +44 (0) 1243 531123

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