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David Crawford runs the Centre for White Space Communications at the University of Strathclyde, working closely with industry partners and other organizations to investigate techniques and novel approaches for affordable Internet connectivity in hard-to-reach areas. He was the Project Manager for the Isle of Bute White Space Trial, which demonstrated the technical feasibility of using White Space spectrum in the TV band to provide broadband connectivity to remote communities in rural areas. The Centre is also helping to connect remote communities in rural Africa, and has been working with partners to provide Internet access to ferries and remote fixed premises in Orkney as part of a study for the Scottish Government.
Dr Crawford is one of the lead architects of the 5G RuralFirst project that has been selected for funding by the UK government’s department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS). The project, led by Cisco and principal partner University of Strathclyde, will deliver testbeds and trials to exploit 5G benefits for rural communities and industries such as agriculture, broadcasting, and utilities, to address the challenges of, and build the business case for, 5G rural deployment.
Dr Crawford has over 15 years’ prior experience in the consumer electronics industry, working mostly in the areas of signal processing and wireless communications. He holds a PhD in digital signal processing and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde Business School.