Feeds

Ofcom exempts road users

But only if they're saving lives

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Ofcom has proposed that intelligent traffic radio systems be licence-exempt, but initially only where it improves the the safety of the driving experience.

The EU has already mandated that 30MHz of spectrum, between 5875 and 5905MHz, be reserved for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), but while Viviane Reding seems to think ITS will magically disperse traffic jams Ofcom is only planning to allow safety applications to use the spectrum without a licence, at least initially.

The full proposal (pdf) includes a list of 19 possible applications, as examples of what the regulator considers to be "safety-related". These include collision warnings, notice of approaching emergency vehicles, and automatically dipping headlights. Slightly harder to understand are in-vehicle signage and stop-sign indication: which would seem to be redundant if one has a car with windows, as is most popularly the case.

The regulator also notes that ITS deployments are going to have to work nicely together, but quite how that can be ensured isn't clear. Manufacturers of cars, and street signs, across Europe are going to have to work together to ensure not just interoperability but consistent functionality, without any regulatory framework to force them to do so - otherwise the 30MHz of bandwidth available could quickly fill up and we'd have to fall back on using our eyes to see what lies ahead.®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts
New sub cable to go live 2016
EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers
Carrier apologises for 'inflated' measurements cockup
Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS
The others guys are being mean so therefore ... monopoly all good, yeah?
Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet
Buffer-rage sends Aussies out to experience road rage
EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass
Operator says it will safeguard 359 jobs, plans lick of paint
MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...
Guess they don't like our battery-draining update?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.