KU, Sprint research millimeter wave technology

University of Kansas researchers are teaming with Sprint Nextel and Sunflower Broadband to study the performance of millimeter wave communications systems and how weather can weaken signals and disrupt transmissions. 

The University of Kansas researchers have placed weather stations at Sunflower Broadband sites around Lawrence, Kan., and on the KU campus. The stations collect meteorological data such as rain rate, relative humidity and rain droplet size. On-site cameras take pictures every 30 seconds and the Sunflower network transports the data back to the KU researchers who analyze the measurements. Initial results found that the mmw systems work over a long distance in clear weather and are accessible most of the time.

Sprint said that alternative technologies such as mmw and networking meshing will be in demand to ensure reliability in the emerging world of 4G technology. 

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