HP Labs will pursue new wireless technologies as part of a
research partnership with the California Institute of Telecommunications
and Information Technology (Cal-IT²), one of the world's
most prominent centers for wireless technology development.
HP Labs, the advanced research center for Hewlett-Packard,
has considerable experience in wireless technologies, working
with such industry leaders as NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest
mobile communications operator.
Cal-IT² (pronounced cal-eye-tee-squared) is focused on
development of a more powerful, wireless Internet.
"We expect this will be a productive and valuable relationship,"
said Fred Kitson, director of HP Labs' Mobile and Media Systems
Lab. Kitson says he expects research to include smart spaces,
sensor technologies and telematics, the convergence of telecommunications
and information processing (automobile systems that combine
GPS satellite tracking and wireless communications for automatic
roadside assistance and remote diagnostics, for example).
The Institute is based at the University of California at
San Diego (UCSD), and incorporates faculty and students from
UCSD, the University of California at Irvine, along with industry
"The San Diego area is a hotbed for telecommunications
research," said Kitson, who is a member of The Center
for Wireless Communications, based at UCSD. The San Diego
area's tech industry supports more than 150 wireless firms
that employ over 40,000 people.
Cal-IT² is one of four science institutes created by
the state of California to lay the foundation for the "next
New Economy." Others are the California NanoSystems Institute
(CNSI), the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest
of Society (CITRIS) and the Institute for Bioengineering,
Biotechnology and Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3).
HP is a supporter of both CNSI and CITRIS.
by Jamie Beckett