Wireless solutions group appoints CTO

Monday, 07 April, 2008

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) has appointed André Doll as its chief technology officer. Based in Paris, Doll assumes responsibility for the company’s R&D and project management resources worldwide.

“Collaboration with external organisations will play a key part in maintaining RFS’s research success,” said Doll.

“Today’s complex and specialised technologies, and the commercial pressures brought on by shortened product life cycles, demand innovative approaches to R&D. On the one hand, the OEM or carrier is entirely focused on meeting time-to-market demands, while on the other, the technology developer needs assurance that the research effort will deliver a commercial return.”

Under this collaborative model, each partner is an expert in its own specialist field. According to Doll, this approach leads to the best outcomes for the end users of the newly developed technologies. Development lead-times are shortened and the savings from the efficient use of resources are reflected in cost-effective solutions.

As wireless technology advances, Doll sees the trend towards higher levels of integration — both inside and outside the base station — continuing.

“More of the active components will move to the tower-top,” Doll said.

“RFS’s electrical-tilt antenna series and AISG v2.0-compliant RF products and control systems are already leading the way in this area. While the market is slowly moving towards full integration, the distance between the antenna and the electronics is steadily decreasing.”

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