University of Waterloo hopes to boost next-gen wireless technologies with new facility

A new facility opening this week at the University of Waterloo aims to be the test bed for next-generation wireless technologies.

The Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems (CIARS) is located within the Engineering department of UW and is comprised of four “interconnected indoor laboratories, one outdoor lab, and a highly advanced computational facility,” according to the launch documents.

The facility’s Electromagnetic Radiation Lab and RF/Microwave, Millimeter and Sub-Millimeter-Wave System Lab can deal with frequencies between 50Mhz and 1.1Thz, and aim to test experimental technologies that may be adopted in future smartphones, cars and other personal devices.

University of Waterloo continues to be an incubator for promising projects, and despite the recent decline of its homegrown tech titan there is clearly continued optimism for the tech community in the city.