Alan Carlton

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Alan Carlton has 25 years in the wireless technology industry spanning 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G. Alan currently leads InterDigital's 5G / IoT research efforts in Europe. Alan's research team participates in eight EU projects focused on the development of 5G as well as a study on the socio-economic benefits of 5G. InterDigital participates in the research with a number of organizations, including experts from Real Wireless, Rethink Wireless, Tech4i2 and Trinity College, Dublin.

Before joining InterDigital, Alan was a Principle Engineer at Siemens, where he was a founding contributor in the creation of the Siemens GSM Wireless Office Product "Corporate GSM." Before that he held management roles at InterWave Communications (1995 - 1997) and Nortel Networks (1991 - 1995). Alan has a Master of Science degree in Communications and Signal Processing and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

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.

The future is not the cloud or the fog: it is actually the SEA!

Real world challenges between us and the Internet of Things

Real world challenges between us and the Internet of Things

Alan Carlton examines the real world challenges between our today and the many promises of the Internet of Things (IoT) tomorrow; specifically in the Smart City space.

Big Data will enable better network and application intelligence in 5G

Big Data will enable better network and application intelligence in 5G

5G requirements clearly call out the need to support the IoT and the Big Data it produces. This article explores Big Data, how it can improve network and application intelligence, and how it will all work in 5G.

5G reality check: Where is 3GPP on standardization?

5G reality check: Where is 3GPP on standardization?

Good progress is being made in the key standardization efforts around 5G, but there is still a long way to go with Phase 1 standardization.

Surprise! Polar codes are coming in from the cold

Surprise! Polar codes are coming in from the cold

Polar codes appear to have been accepted into a certain role in 5G, driven perhaps more by political forces than immediate differentiation.

Real edge computing will enable new business models

Real edge computing will enable new business models

Real edge computing will enable new business models that could change the playing field in 5G.

Will the real edge computing please stand up!

Will the real edge computing please stand up!

The edge computing trend that is pushing the cloud into the fog has kicked off in earnest

Why the IETF will be key for standardizing 5G

Why the IETF will be key for standardizing 5G

The 3GPP always seems to get the headlines, but the truth is the IETF will specify much of what is likely to be considered 5G.

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.

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