Java was far, far ahead of its time

Sometimes innovations come along that are just a bit too far ahead of their time. One of these are Java applets. Back in 2003 (i was fifteen!) I came across a web page that showed a Java applet rendering 3D scenes in real-time. To learn C++ I downloaded the source …

How many new antennas will be needed for 5G in the Netherlands?

In a study commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Dialogic finds that between 296 and 726 new antenna sites (which, in many cases, are shared between operators) are necessary over the coming six years. Until 2027, we do not expect deployment of large-scale small cell structures (as seen …

An e-Paper based photo frame

Another one of my “lockdown projects” involves a 7.5 inch e-Paper display from Waveshare. Instead of your ordinary computer display, which bombards your eyes with light, e-Paper displays are more similar to paper. By making a pixel more or less reflective (using a technique known as ‘E-ink’), an e-Paper display …

Essentiality testing of telecommunications patents

In this study, we investigated the technical and institutional feasibility of a system that ensures better essentiality scrutiny for Standard Essential Patents (SEPs). We first studied the state of the art on essentiality assessment in literature, court cases involving larger scale essentiality assessments, essentiality assessment in patent pools, and the …

Managing AI use in telecom infrastructures

Telecom infrastructures are of vital importance to society. More and more applications depend on well-functioning, reliable and always available telecom services. The Dutch Radiocommunications Agency (Agentschap Telecom) oversees these in the Netherlands. The emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications has not only fundamentally changed the nature of the telecom sector …

Reverse engineering the Vuze XR camera

The Humaneyes Vuze XR is a 2D360 and 3D180 camera in one. It can be controlled over Wi-Fi through an app from iOS or Android. It allows live streaming to Facebook and YouTube (although it seems the iOS app is pending some verification at YouTube) and allows streaming to arbitrary …

Is Rust my new favourite language?

Over the fast few years I have invested great amounts of time in learning and using various programming languages. Starting out (around 1995!) in a 4GL called OMNIS (apparently still around) I quickly learned Java (from the Dummies book actually) and PHP. With Java and PHP (around 2003), I had …