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C-COM, NSERC to invest $6.1M in intelligent mobile antenna tech

Goal is to develop new modular, low-cost, intelligent antenna for mobile satellite communications.


OTTAWA — C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. is co-funding an Industrial Research Chair in next generation intelligent antenna and radio systems at the University of Waterloo.

The five-year project, co-funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and C-COM, goes to the Industrial Research Chair held by Professor Safieddin Safavi-Naeini, who leads a team of researchers at the University of Waterloo’s faculty of engineering, in Waterloo, Ont.

He’s also the director of the Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems, and has partnered with C-COM in the patenting of modular scalable millimetre-wave phased array technology.

The research is to lead to the development of a new modular, low-cost, intelligent antenna for the next generation of mobile satellite communications.

“Once you have a low-cost, ultra-thin, light-weight, smart, and highly modular active antenna (intelligent radiating skin), you can have mobile high performance internet connection everywhere,” said Safavi-Naeini. “We have the potential to make this technology affordable and bring it to many parts of the world that have been left behind.”

C-COM will provide total cash funding of more than $3 million, payable in installments until the end of 2020 (matched by NSERC), plus $751,000 of in-kind support.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Ottawa-based global provider of mobile auto-deploying satellite antenna systems will own the intellectual property resulting from the research.

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