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European co-operation takes conference prize

This year’s IBC Best Conference Paper award goes to joint authors Erik Stare of Teracom in Stockholm, Dr Jordi Giménez of Universitat Politècnica de València in Spain, and Dr Peter Klenner of Panasonic Europe. They collected their trophies as part of last night’s awards ceremony.

Each year, the peer reviewers for the technical papers programme choose the paper which both significantly advances the industry’s knowledge and does so in language and description which is clear, informative, and engaging. As well as taking the IBC Best Conference Paper award, this paper is also published in the joint IBC and IET publication The Best of IBC and IET.

The trio’s paper is called ‘WIB – a new system concept for digital terrestrial television’. It suggests a new technology for broadcast transmission that can both increase capacity and reduce power consumption. It was presented in a session
yesterday morning.

Dr Nick Lodge, chair of the technical papers committee, said: “What these researchers propose is a way to achieve higher digital bandwidth, an incredibly efficient use of spectrum and a huge reduction in power consumption. This is genuinely ground-breaking work, turning conventional wisdom on its head. It’s a very exciting paper indeed.”

Accepting the award, Erik Stare said: “I am overwhelmed and feel deeply honoured to receive this prestigious and important award. I am especially happy for the recognition of the work on new development directions for DTT.”