KORUZA wireless optical communication system has been granted NGI Pointer funding

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Announcement

We are happy to announce, our wireless optical communication system for urban environments KORUZA has been granted funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme within the framework of the NGI Pointer project.

KORUZA wireless optical communication system

KORUZA is a wireless optical communication system for urban environments, based on FSO (Free Space Optical) technology, designed for last-mile, 5G and IoT applications. It uses an eye-safe collimated beam of IR light for point-to-point data transmission through air. The solution avoids digging up roads, allowing distances up to 150 m with fibre-like speeds (1–10 Gbps).

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Connectivity

Despite increasing needs for connectivity, the supply of reliable and affordable high-speed connectivity isn’t following the rising demands with the same speed. As recognized by the European Commission, Europe is lagging behind in achieving the connectivity goals set for 2025: at least 100 Mbps connectivity access for all European households, 1 Gbps connectivity at all schools, transport hubs and main providers of public services, uninterrupted 5G wireless broadband coverage for all urban areas, major roads and railways.

  1. complex installation procedures and
  2. technology un-readiness for 5G demands.
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Ambition

To meet the ubiquitous 2025 EU connectivity goals and increasing market demands, new network architectures, utilising seamless integration of wired infrastructure with licensed and unlicensed bands, are needed. While fibre optics represents the most optimal choice for backbone connectivity, it fails to provide cost-effectiveness in all use-cases due to slow roll-out and predicted major network densification.

Expected impact

KORUZA offers a solution for situations where affordable, reliable and fast-deployed connections are needed. It will primarily benefit the telecommunication sector, but with its modular architecture design and open principles it can also provide an alternative internet access infrastructure in the industrial sector, transportation and logistics centres for management of communication between harbour cranes, trains and similar. The technology is not affected by radio frequency interference or band over-crowdedness, as it is also immune to electromagnetic interferences.

Open-source contributions

KORUZA is changing the paradigm of physical layer networking technologies, as well as introducing the wireless optical technology to the broader audience. The unique opportunity here is that this technology is a leading example of ‘open at its core’ for the greater market and, unlike other last-mile technologies, it is wieldy accessible.

Standardization and roll-out

An affordable free-space-optical system, which does not require long, expensive and inconvenient procedures of trenching and permits-obtaining, is one of the alternatives for fast roll-out of the high-speed network up to the end users. KORUZA allows bidirectional communication between units up to 150 meters, while eliminating radio spectrum congestion.

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Technical Approach

KORUZA is the first open-source 1 and 10 Gbps wireless optical system generally available on the market. The key innovation is the reuse of standard fibre optic components like SFP modules for a wireless optical application, creating an eye-safe IR beam between two units. The system has been designed with optical link margin of 20 dB, enabling continuous operation in all weather conditions at distances of 150 m.

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Thank you, NGI Pointer

We would hereby like to thank NGI Pointer for recognizing the potential of KORUZA wireless optical communication system, and for giving us the opportunity to offer an upgrade of the existing solution earlier.

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