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Tech Student Team Members Are Two-Time Winners
December 5, 2008

A team of electrical and computer engineering students from Virginia Tech’s Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is a winner for the second time in the Smart Radio Challenge competition.

The event was part of the annual Software Defined Radio conference held in Washington D.C.

Virginia Tech’s Center for Wireless Telecommunications team members were awarded first prize for solving the problem of how to handle communications from an infrastructure damaged area. They were grand prize winners in last year’s inaugural competition.

The Software Defined Radio Forum Public Safety Special Interest Group sponsored the competition.

This year the Virginia Tech successfully developed a smart radio system that will automatically create an ad-hoc extension to an existing communications network. The extension allows voice communications to be relayed between an incident site and existing communications systems along a path like a subway tunnel where signals can travel only short distances.

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