Alan Carlton

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Alan Carlton is Vice President, InterDigital and Head of InterDigital International Labs Organization spanning Europe and Asia. In these regions, Alan is responsible for R&D activities in the areas of 5G and IoT. Alan has led his organization to over a dozen major collaborative project wins. He founded and currently leads the oneTRANSPORT initiative, one of the largest Smart City projects in the UK. In the area of 5G Alan's research interests include next generation internet, advanced applications of NFV/SDN, RAN evolution and Air Interface technologies.

Alan has more than 25 years wireless industry experience spanning every generation of wireless. Prior to InterDigital, he held senior positions at Nortel, Siemens, and several wireless startups both in Europe and United States. Alan is an EEE graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and also holds an MSc. in Communications & Signal Processing from Imperial College, London. Alan holds many patents covering a diverse range of wireless technology areas. He is a regularly invited speaker at wireless industry events where he speaks on many of the topics covered in this Computerworld blog.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Alan Carlton and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

IoT is not about radios; it’s all about data

IoT is not about radios; it’s all about data

The real challenge for the Internet of Things (IoT) is data organization, sharing and search on an unprecedented scale. oneM2M and other web services will help with this.

Web search engines for IoT: The new frontier

Web search engines for IoT: The new frontier

A fundamentally new method for searching the web is needed to allow IoT devices to independently and securely discover other “things” in the connected world of the future.

Fronthaul and backhaul: Look out, a fusion is coming!

Fronthaul and backhaul: Look out, a fusion is coming!

5G is coming, and the networking features and functions of backhaul and fronthaul telecommunications—operating individually in silos—aren’t going to cut it.

Channel coding: Is there anywhere left to go?

Channel coding: Is there anywhere left to go?

With the coming of 5G wireless systems, we may be at the cusp of a little renaissance period in channel coding.

Information-centric networking could fix these internet problems

Information-centric networking could fix these internet problems

The internet of the future will have to support pervasive mobile connectivity and multicast video technology while keeping latency down. Information-centric networking makes those possible.

Demystifying the information-centric network

Demystifying the information-centric network

Evolving to an ICN will deliver much-needed efficiencies and performance improvements. Learn why it is important and its role in next-generation 5G networks.

 Back to the Future: Time to really leverage new networking technology

Back to the Future: Time to really leverage new networking technology

The network area is a popular topic with the advent of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN), but are these technologies really that new? And are we exploiting them to the level we will need to in...

Will 5G say farewell to OFDM?

Will 5G say farewell to OFDM?

Several waveforms are being researched as potential candidates for the new non-backwards compatible 5G air interface, spanning a wide range from very simple single carrier to very sophisticated multi-carrier waveforms

A post card from Mobile World Congress 2016

A post card from Mobile World Congress 2016

One thing is clear. Everything is intertwined. 5G will enable the IoT and it will enable the ubiquitous adoption of new user interfaces like AR/VR.

5G: A look at radios and spectrum

5G: A look at radios and spectrum

For so many generations a single acronym has provided the generational definition. In this respect 5G will be different. There will not just be one radio and one new acronym.

5G is coming and it is the future of mobile

5G is coming and it is the future of mobile

It is fair to say that it is still early days but research efforts have been rolling for some time and standardization is expected to start in the next few months. Perhaps the two most cited requirements in 5G are the 1000x...

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