Posted on July 17, 2023 in ATSC News
A Chat with Orest Sushko, Director Broadcast-Broadband Convergence B²C Lab Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
A leader in global polytechnic education, Humber College provides career-focused education to more than 33,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time and continuing education students across three campuses in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The college was founded in 1967 and was recognized as an Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning (ITAL) in 2003. The ITAL status allows Humber to offer up to 15 per cent of its programs as four-year bachelor’s degrees. There are more than 265,000 alumni.
Tell us about your lab or research initiatives as it relates to ATSC 3.0. Located in the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation at Humber’s North Campus, the B²C Lab is a 100% front-facing industry lab and the first R&D test bed in North America equipped with both ATSC 3.0 IP-based broadcast ecosystem and 5G core network combining the best of global data delivery standards technologies. The mission of the lab is to explore multi-sectoral applications of the ATSC 3.0 standard, to facilitate commercialization through innovation as well as technology transfer and adaptation in the marketplace – with the aim of supporting adoption of the ATSC 3.0 in Canada.
The lab offers a world-class ATSC 3.0 OTA multi-transmitter/antenna configuration across 3 T/Rx sites in the Toronto, Canada area and currently Canada’s first and only ATSC 3.0 developmental broadcast license. The test bed is designed to support development of an ATSC 3.0 IP/5G based Inter-Tower Communications Network (ITCN) and SFN development. Expansion with a 4th T/Rx site is currently underway with a host station atop the CN Tower. This additional coverage will allow Humber’s test signal to reach 25% of Canada’s marketplace. A custom RF anechoic chamber (450MHz- 20 GHz) in the lab offers support, development and testing of a wide range of wireless devices and prototypes.
Why was it important to you and the institution to begin research or work in the ATSC 3.0 or terrestrial broadcast ecosystem? Building on Canadian innovation.
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