Wireless technologies have become deeply engrained in everyday life. Oyster cards and contactless bank cards have become the norm, and in some areas, it has become commonplace to monitor electricity and gas usage through smart meter systems, faultless technology that rapidly assimilates data into a centeralised data collection centre. These systems are facilitated by two technologies, ‘close proximity coupling’ and ‘mesh network protocols’. The UK is one of the countries introducing these into society, matching global wireless communication technology trends.
In this talk, Ichiro Seto explained how close proximity wireless communications and wireless mesh network work so effectively. Contactless cards and smart meters are exceptionally complex technologies, difficult for non-experts to understand. He also introduced the next generation of contactless communication, TransferJet(TM), which have already been introduced in Japan.
About the contributors
Ichiro Seto received a BEng (1991) and an MEng (1993) from Keio University, Japan. In 1993, he joined the Corporate Research and Development Centre at the Toshiba Corporation in Kanagawa, where he was involved in the research and development of undersea optical cable communication systems, optical repeaters for cellular base stations and microwave RF system architectures of CMOS transceivers. In 2005, he spent a year as a visiting researcher at Berkeley Wireless Research Centre, University of California. From 2011 to 2016, he belonged to the semiconductor business division at the Toshiba Corporation, designing and promoting CMOS wireless transceivers. Since 2017 he has resided in Bristol, working as Deputy Directing Manager for Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. Telecommunications Research Laboratory. He holds over 40 patents. Mr. Seto is a member of the Institute of Electrical, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), Japan and IEEE, USA. He was the recipient of the 2001 Young Engineer Award from the IEICE, and the Institute of Invention and Innovation Chairman’s Award from Kanagawa Prefecture in 2012.