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The Technology For All Wireless project aims to develop fundamental information technology advances that address the unique needs of  underserved communities and developing regions. Our research objectives include:

  • Development of new wireless network architectures and protocols that enable high-performance ultra-low cost wireless access (link)
  • Development of new health sensing applications that exploit low cost sensing and communication in order to address care of chronic diseases (link)
  • Development of new mobile computing platforms that address the usability needs of developing region (link)

Since 2004, we have operated a research testbed in an under-resourced community in Houston's East End. The network serves over 4,000 community residents via fully programmable network nodes. Community residents can access the network via legacy 802.11 devices or our custom instrumented mobile phones. Moreover, in April 2011, we deployed the first residential node that can access spectrum spanning from unused UHF bands (callsign WF2XPU) up to traditional WiFi bands. The testbed jointly serves as a community resource and a platform for test-driving the above research advances.

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University Tests Wireless Data Transfer Over Active TV Channels
To demonstrate that wireless service providers can use the ultra high frequency (UHF) spectrum without interfering with television broadcasters, engineers at Rice University developed a technology for transmitting data over active TV channels.
In Compliance Magazine

System Does Wi-Fi in Occupied TV Channels
Engineers at Rice University in Houston, Tex., created the first device that allows wireless Internet in a UHF channel that is already occupied by a TV broadcast.
IEEE Spectrum

Rice University Tests WiFi Over Active TV Channels
Rice University engineers have demonstrated the first system that allows wireless data transmissions over UHF channels during active TV broadcasts.
EverythingRF

Rice University's WATCH transmits data in TV white spaces without disturbing active broadcasts
Researchers at Rice University have successfully demonstrated a system that can transmit wireless data over television white space (TVWS) during active broadcasts.
FierceWirelessTech

Researchers suggest new method to improve Wi-Fi propagation
Rice University engineers have demonstrated the first system that allows wireless data transmissions over UHF channels during active TV broadcasts.
Network World (Similar articles appeared in Tendencias21.net, MonteVideo, Madrimasd.org, Omicrono and
Bitacoras.)
http://bit.ly/1e2elqt
Wireless data successfully transmitted over active TV channels
Tech Times
http://bit.ly/1SpsD20
WATCH by Rice researchers smartly uses TV UHF band to offer super Wi-Fi
EE Herald
http://bit.ly/1Jk9YzP

Researchers test wireless data delivery over active TV channels
Rice University engineers have demonstrated the first system that allows wireless data transmissions over UHF channels during active TV broadcasts.
Science 360 (This appeared on the home page.)
http://1.usa.gov/1CH723e
Rice University: New tech could send Wi-Fi over TV signals
Houston Public Media
http://bit.ly/1HxBaL8
There is a way to use dying UHF channels for 'super Wi-Fi' data connections
Gizmag
http://bit.ly/1gC6mlM
Rice tests wireless data delivery over active TV channels
Space Daily (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/1I2Facd
Researchers send data over UHF 'super' Wi-Fi
RCR Wireless News
http://bit.ly/1LipiBk
Rice transmits data on active UHF channels
Radio Mag Online
http://bit.ly/1gC6EZS
Beaming the Internet through traditional television signals
Mumbai Mirror (This article also appeared in Pune Mirror.)
http://bit.ly/1LiOqb2
Schnurlose Datenübertragung erfolgt über aktiven TV-Kanal
Elektronik Praxis (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/1I3cHBc
Ledigt TV-utrymme blir super wifi
NyTeknik (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/1K7vs5O

Rice transmits data on active UHF channels
Rice University engineers have demonstrated the first system that allows wireless data transmissions over UHF channels during active TV broadcasts.
TVTechnology
http://bit.ly/1HZJZmk
Engineers test wireless data delivery over active TV channels
ECN Magazine
http://bit.ly/1HtgOCO
Wireless data delivery over active TV channels tested
Science Daily (This article also appeared in Topix, Press-News.org, Cellular News, ScienceNewsline, e! Science News and Wireless Design & Development.)
http://bit.ly/1TzUcrZ
Rice tests wireless data delivery over active TV channels
RF Globalnet
http://bit.ly/1CBKLE0
Phys.org
http://phys.org/news/2015-07-rice-wireless-delivery-tv-channels.html
Wn.com
http://article.wn.com/view/2015/07/13/ Rice_tests_wireless_data_delivery_

over _active_TV_channels_Ri/

Two Best Paper awards: ACM MobiHoc'15 and IEEE SECON'15
http://news.rice.edu/2015/06/29/people-papers-and-presentations-233/

Virtual Duplex: Scaling Dense WLANs wins best paper at IEEE Workshop 2014 CRAB.
http://www.i-a-i.com/CRAB2014/

Rice wireless experts tap unused TV spectrum
Experts create multiuser, multiantenna scheme to make most of UHF band.
Fierce Wireless
Science Codex
Science Daily
Phys.org
Rice University News & Media
ECN Mag
ACM.org
Sciencenewsline.com
NSF.org
(This article also appeared in, SpaceMart, R&D Magazine, Cellular-News and IndustrialInfo.com.

Rural areas may soon get high-speed Wi-Fi over unused TV bands
Rice researchers presented a use for UHF TV spectrum at the Association for Computing Machinery's MobiCom 2014 conference in Hawaii.
Gizmodo
http://bit.ly/Zi1TfB
Gizmodo Australia
http://bit.ly/1wijvmf
White space MIMO
TV Technology

http://bit.ly/1pWKcaA
Wireless experts tap unused TV spectrum
Science 360 (This appeared on the homepage. This article also appeared in ScienceNewsline.)
http://1.usa.gov/X6SSV9
Come navigare in wifi sulle frequenze televisive
Wired (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/1lZWhjY
KNVN-TV (Chico, Calif.)
http://bit.ly/1qrBC9Y

Wireless for miles, by leveraging unused UHF TV spectrum
Science 2.0 (This article also appeared in ScienceDaily, TechFresh and Laboratory Equipment.)
http://bit.ly/1rXTzON
Rice researchers unveil multiuser, multiantenna transmission scheme for UHF spectrum
AZosensors.com
http://bit.ly/1qNr9Do

MUTE: Sounding Inhibition for MU-MIMO WLANs wins best paper at IEEE SECON 2014.
http://secon2014.ieee-secon.org/
ECE Rice News

Terahertz tech gets a major push at Rice.
Rice University News and Media
(PDF-text)

Presentan al MTC bondades de la tecnología estadounidense SuperWifi.
Fitel
(PDF-text)

World on a Wire.
Art in America, Aimee Walleston
(PDF-text)

Artist eyes unused TV channels for New Orleans project.
Rice University News and Media
(PDF-text)
Video of the New Orleans demo
You Tube

No, Obama's Not Giving You Free 'Super Wi-Fi'
NBCNews.com
Tech News Daily
Life Science

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