We live in a world of glass. There are windows everywhere connecting you to the view outside, but what if they were also a part of your networked life? If today’s ordinary windows became a part of the high-speed mobile broadband highway, making it easy for you to connect to your social network wherever you are? Imagine the opportunities…
Window of Opportunity is an exploration project where Ericsson tests what happens when ordinary windows are connected and act as connectors. Using a transparent antenna, an ordinary window could easily become part of the mobile broadband network, boosting indoor coverage for a great mobile experience inside buildings.
For commuters, public transport – say when riding the bus – is a time when we want super surf. By connecting the bus windows, our commute to work becomes an effective, extended office or a haven where we can unwind with entertainment on our way home.
But why stop there? Clearly connected windows offer a spectrum of new and exciting possibilities such as automated blinds and cloud control for ventilation, lights, and other household appliances. The connected window presents opportunities to reduce building energy consumption and by adding transparent solar cells to produce electricity, these applications can power themselves and deliver excess energy into the smart grid. Windows could be used as a whiteboard that captures what you have written and emails you the notes and much more.
We support and add value for operators facing the challenges of limited spectrum and site restrictions, that are focused on providing quality mobile experiences. We provide solutions that save costs as well as creating new business opportunities.
We are not talking about a distant future. This is about the ordinary windows all around us, connected by transparent antennas, unleashing numerous possibilities.
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