21 December 2012 Basestation created on Raspberry Pi Wireless experts from PA Consulting have used a Raspberry Pi to run a mobile phone basestation that operates a private network. The team hooked the Raspberry Pi up to a radio interface and, using Open Source software, implemented the functionality of a mobile basestation. Along with two mobile phones with sim cards, PA created all the functionality to make the phones talk to each other. PA set up its Raspberry Pi in a screened room to ensure no laws on frequency spectrum were broken. Frazer Bennett, a technology expert with PA, said: "We've shrunk a 30ft basestation into a 3in Raspberry Pi and created our own mobile phone network. This proves what can be achieved through low cost off the shelf systems." To create the basestation, PA: • set up a Raspberry Pi in a screened room to ensure it didn't break any laws on frequency spectrum • hooked up the Raspberry Pi to a radio interface • hand optimised some software, and • code optimised the signal processing The Raspberry Pi was used to run three pieces of software: • OpenBTS, which implements the GSM mobile phone standard • FreeSWITCH, this routes calls in a similar way to Skype, and • a programming script that assigns telephone numbers. Author Graham Pitcher Comment on this article Websites http://www.paconsulting.com Companies PA Consulting Group This material is protected by Findlay Media copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. Enjoy this story? People who read this article also read... Arrow buys Nu Horizons Arrow is buying Nu Horizons in an all cash deal which values the ... Read Article Claire Jeffreys, NEW Claire Jeffreys, events director, National Electronics Week, ... Read Article Southern Manufacturing This year, Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is set to be ... Read Article NIDays 2013 NIDays is a technical conference designed specifically for ... Read Article What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.