UK universities showcase innovations at CeBIT

Through a combined Foreign Office/ DTI initiative, a contingency of 18 universities around the UK are heading to Hanover to show...

Through a combined Foreign Office/ DTI initiative, a contingency of 18 universities around the UK are heading to Hanover to show the best of UK IT and technology.

"The UK is world class and leading edge in many technologies," said Peter McDermott, director of marketing and communications at British Trade International, a joint venture between the DTI and the Foreign Office. "We want to encourage partnership and business development."

Altogether 200 UK organisations are exhibiting at this year's CeBIT, among them, the University of Kent. The university is showing a system that chooses which biometric technology to use (iris, voice, fingerprints, handwriting and face recognition) in any given situation, depending upon the level of accuracy required.

A form of magnetic storage is being presented by University of Plymouth. Called MRAM (Magnetic Random Access Memory) the technology could double the density, increase access speeds tenfold and lower the complexity and cost of data storage

The University of Leeds is demonstrating a computer simulation model it developed, which could enable 3G network operators and equipment manufacturers to maximise available bandwidth and guarantee quality of service.

Another technology on show is real-time signal analysis developed at Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge, which could be deployed to locate underwater wreckage, heat sources in nuclear power stations, leaks from pipes and seismic activity.

Using a new 600:1 data compression/decompression (CODEC) system developed by UMIST in Manchester, visitors at CeBIT are being show high-motion video for mobile phones.

"It's a good story for the UK and a significant achievement," McDermott added.

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