The inventor of wi-fi is on board!

We're excited to announce that Dr Terry Percival has come on board as a mentor for CAMP delegates. He is a member of the CSIRO team that developed Wireless LAN technology - otherwise known as wi-fi.

Here's a rundown of his awesome achievements:

Dr Terence Percival

Dr Percival spent the first ten years of his career researching more sensitive radio receivers for large radio telescope arrays.

In 1988 he was appointed as Research Manager for the Overseas Telecommunications Corporation's Satellite Communications Group. The most notable achievement in this area was the creation of a world-wide standard for a new digital satellite communications system specifically designed for thin-route telephony and data.

This was the first time an Australian designed satellite communications system had been accepted by an international satellite operator.

This system has since become know as Telstra Digital DAMA and has been adopted by other carriers using Intelsat for thin route telephony. This system is still in operation and has been deployed in many Pacific Island and developing nations.

Terry joined the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics in December 1991 as a Principal Research Scientist working in the Program for LANs and Network Services (PLaNS).

He was a project leader for the development of a Very High Performance Wireless LAN, which involved collaboration with industrial collaborators and supervising the contract research carried out by Macquarie University.

He led the team which developed the high-speed wireless LAN testbed which was used to refine and prove the technology which was patented as the 5 487 069 patent. He also managed the development of the world first prototype 802.11a hardware and later an integrated circuit developed by CSIRO and Macquarie University staff in 1997.

In 2001 he led the formation of the Centre for Networking Technologies for the Information Economy which was a collaboration of five organisations whose contributions when combined with government funding of A$14M resulted in a A$44M project.

CeNTIE rolled out a prototype national broadband network connecting 18 nodes from Sydney to Canberra, Melbourne and Perth at 1 Gbit/s or higher.

This project proved technologies for fibre to the premise and created a number of new applications of broadband technology.