Representative-researchers for the ASEAN IVO Project during their first formal meeting on November 21-22, 2016 held at NICT Office Yokosuka,Japan (L-R:  Dr. Rosdiadee (UKM), Dr. Kazuo (NICT), Dr. Hafizal (MIMOS), Dr. Ishizu (NICT), Dr. Sawada (NICT), Engr. Bañacia (USC), Dr. Nordin (MIMOS))

The University of San Carlos, through the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, signed a Collaborative Research Agreement (CRA) on November 2016 with the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan; MIMOS Berhad, Malaysia; and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia.

The CRA is spearheaded by NICT. On its official website, NICT is described as Japan’s sole National Research and Development Agency specializing in the field of information and communications technology (ICT). It is charged with promoting ICT sector as well as research and development in ICT, which drives economic growth and creates an affluent, safe and secure society. For this purpose, NICT organized “ICT Virtual Organization of ASEAN Institutes and NICT (ASEAN IVO)” to promote collaborations of R&D in ASEAN region.

The group’s project proposal on TV White Space (TVWS) has been selected on March 29, 2016 by the ASEAN IVO Steering Committee as part of the approved projects for ASEAN IVO 2016. This CRA is but an articulation of the terms and conditions that will govern the conduct of research among participating institutions covering the period of September 2016 – March 2018 with modest funding from ASEAN IVO.

TV white space has gained a lot of attention due to its potential to address current wireless connectivity challenges such as extending broadband access to rural areas and allow other applications such as disaster recovery and machine-to-machine communications. For this project, two experimental sites have been identified. One is the fresh water Chini Lake in Malaysia. Being the 2nd largest fresh water lake and one of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve sites in Malaysia, the TVWS project seeks to conduct hydrological quality monitoring remotely by interconnecting sensors around the lake with the use of TV white space as backhaul connections.

The other potential site is in Bogo City, Cebu. Bogo City was one of the cities and provinces badly hit by super typhoon Haiyan last November 8, 2013. Initial spectrum measurements had so far identified it as having several blind spots so the conduct of experiment in this site seeks to demonstrate  the use of the TV white space technology in providing reliable emergency communications infrastructure for people living in the area and in nearby municipalities.

After extensive discussions on the content of the CRA through conference calls, emails and consultations with the approving authority of each partner-institution, the CRA was completely signed on November 25, 2016; 3 days after the researchers representing each institution had their first Face – to – Face (F2F) meeting in NICT, Yokosuka, Japan on November 21 – 22.


Source: Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
              16 December 2016