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What will mobile antennas look like in the urban environments of the future?

By admin on Tue 14 February, 2012

Helsinki Design Capital 2012Nokia Siemens Networks and Aalto University are organizing an active antenna design competition for students as part of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.

One of the key themes of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 is looking at how good design can improve peoples’ everyday lives. During the project, Nokia Siemens Networks and Aalto University will explore possibilities for new design in future mobile network antennas. Antennas are part of our urban environment and make it possible for people to use data and voice services with their mobile devices.

Dynamic efficiency of antennas is increasingly important, in the context of explosive growth of mobile broadband. Demand for network capacity fluctuates due to the ebb and flow of people in a city. Network capacity – and thus antennas – needs to be where people are and use services. This makes good antenna design more and more important.

Nokia Siemens Networks and Aalto University have conceptualized the project as part of Aalto University´s International Design Business Management program (IDBM), rated as one of the “World´s Best Design Programs” by Business Week. ThisDesign students is a joint program between Aalto University’s School of Arts Design and Architecture, School of Engineering and School of Economics. The students will be given the task to create ideas for a new antenna design under the theme “What would an active antenna look like in 2020 in an urban environment – create an antenna that we don’t need to hide!” “Students from different disciplines will work jointly during our Interdisciplinary Product Development course, bringing their different backgrounds to the project.”  said Professor Kalevi Ekman from Aalto University. “The project also fits well with Aalto University’s World design Capital theme of promoting better living environments”, he added. 

The proposals will be evaluated by an evaluation panel with design and technology experts from both Aalto University and Nokia Siemens Networks.

Active antennas mark the next step in the evolution of radio network, integrating the base station’s radio frequency (RF) elements into the antenna. This means considerable capacity gains and coverage improvements. Active antenna as a system also enables new innovative designs. This is an opportunity for designers to create a new iconic design that every owner of a building would want to have in the future.” said, Ossi Pöllänen, Senior Consultant, Nokia Siemens Networks Chief Technology Office.

Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Multiradio Antenna system, part of the company’s pioneering Liquid Radio (Liquid Net) , has been shortlisted in the Best Mobile Broadband Technology category of the Global Mobile Awards 2012 by GSMA.

This post is by Anna-Kaarina Pietilä from our Mobile Broadband team.

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