Whether used for
communications, navigation or radio location, radio is essential
to the safety and efficiency of aeronautical and maritime operations.
Advances in applications, technologies and regulation often require
extensive testing and/or international agreement prior to deployment
with the result that change can appear to be relatively slow. However,
both sectors are continually advancing their use of the spectrum.
For shipping the Automatic Identification System (AIS) is being
introduced. Based on GPS this system provides a new way of tracking
and identifying vessels, and of locating aids to navigation. In
the aeronautical sector, VHF communications using 8.33 kHz bandwidths
are being introduced, and on the regulatory side, greater use of
spectrum pricing is being considered.
Quotient’s consultants have undertaken a number of aeronautical
and maritime assignments, including:
- Evaluating and modelling the introduction of AIS in UK waters
on behalf of Ofcom, determining the spectrum requirements, and
identifying the coordination required between UK competent authorities
and overseas regulatory authorities
- Advising The Eurocontrol Agency on the implications and effects
of spectrum pricing in different aeronautical bands