Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)

white space

The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) is a major research enterprise established by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in partnership with the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF) in 2007. As a leading research hub in Asia, SMART aims to identify and carry out research on critical problems of societal significance and develop innovative solutions through its interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs).

This project, as a part of the SMART endeavour, aims to study cognitive communication in the white space part of the spectrum in Singapore. The project involces performing experiments involving outdoor transmission and reception of signals in this frequency band with and without MIMO. These experiments will help us understand signal propagation, extent of multipath, receive diversity, channel stability etc. in this scenario.

The objective is to enable high throughput communication over long distances in these frequencies. Possible applications include:

  • To provide a band for emergency communication throughout Singapore.
  • To provide alternative spectrum for mobile data for cellphones during periods of congestion.
  • To set up a wireless broadband infrastructure for homes.