SERC Masters student gives technology demonstration in Auckland

30 May 2017

Ben Litchfield has given a successful communications technology demonstration of a method to enhance the security of wireless communications in software defined radio.

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SERC post-graduate student Ben Litchfield has recently returned from Auckland after a highly successful communications technology demonstration. The demonstration was the culmination of a year’s work for the newly graduated Master's student, whose studies involved the implementation of a novel method to enhance the security of wireless communications in software defined radio. During the demonstration, a text-based message utilising this technology was successfully transmitted over a distance of 30m in front of a live audience.

Afterwards, Ben noted that he “ …felt a little apprehensive about transmitting over that distance, as it was further than I’d ever tried before, but we decided to just go for it and it all worked out”. Feedback from the industry sponsor was very positive. Aside from commenting on the great results from the live demonstration, the sponsor also added that “ (The test system was) replicated it entirely on our own equipment. This now allows me to re-demonstrate the system at any time".

Ben’s postgraduate studies at the Spatial Engineering Research Centre have sine led directly to employment with "RF Technology", one of Australia’s leading RF communication solution providers.