Ofcom has touted organisations using white space wireless networking for connectivity, with animal lovers and Oxford residents among those benefiting from the latest trials.
There are currently seven trials running across the UK using spectrum temporarily licensed by Ofcom, with more scheduled to start over the coming months, according to the telecoms regulator.
The trials test a range of uses, such as internet access for rural communities, wireless video streaming and machine-to-machine networks.
One sees Google, equipment firms MediaTek and 6Harmonics, and London Zoo studying the habits of a collection of animals via a live video stream of meerkats, Asian otters and giant Galapagos tortoises on YouTube. It is designed to discover new methods of preserving endangered species.
In Oxford, Nominet and Love Hz are assisting the citizen-built early flood warning and water monitoring services, the Oxford Flood Network by sending real-time data on water levels over white space using Adaptrum devices.
In Scotland, the University of Strathclyde, Microsoft, 6Harmonics, MediaTek, Spectrum Bridge and Sky are looking into triple-band WiFi to boost wider, but local connections.
Transports and logistics are also being looked at, with a trial of white space internet on ships and boats in the un-WiFi-enabled Orkney Islands and waters around the Isle of Wight.
Following completion of the trials, testing and policy development, Ofcom expects the technology to be rolled out during 2015, enabling new wireless applications to benefit consumers and businesses across the country.
The idea of a 'smart city' will be boosted by the white space technology, and Ofcom said that features like triple-band WiFi will significantly boost coverage and connectivity.
The technology will also bear the increasing data load. "In a world where consumer demand for data services is experiencing huge growth, it is essential we find the most efficient ways to share the airwaves. White space technology could be one way of meeting this demand," said Philip Marnick, group director of Ofcom's spectrum policy group.
"These trials are an important first step in Ofcom understanding whether white space can be used in other spectrum bands."
Ofcom launched a white space spectrum consultation back in 2010, and said that the UK is "likely" to be the first country in Europe to introduce white space equipment and services. This could happen as early as 2015, and Ofcom cited a number of examples of current use and successes.
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