EP 3: Ubiquitous Connectivity & Intelligent Vehicles

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In this episode, we’ll be talking about the possibilities for Ubiquitous Connectivity – where people and devices have consistent and uninterrupted access to the internet and to others.

Can you imagine life without your smartphone, and not having access to the world in the palm of your hand? We are now more connected than we have ever been, relying on 4G and WiFi networks to help us communicate, socialise and even navigate our journeys. But of course, we have merely scratched the surface of what can truly be achieved. Enter 5G.

Not only is 5G set to improve our day to day connectivity, it is also a huge asset to industries such as transportation and healthcare. But like all tech advances, especially those with the potential to shake things up, taking the time to get it right is crucial.

For example, in a future where autonomous vehicles have the potential to become commonplace, we need to be confident that issues such as moving across country borders where they will switch from one terrestrial network to another, do not result in incidents like collisions. At the Satellite Applications Catapult, we’re involved in projects identifying these potential issues, exploring bridging this gap with satellites to ensure seamless connectivity.

Episode Guests


Kieran Arnold

Mission Lead for Autonomous Earth

Satellite Applications Catapult

Ashweeni Beeharee

Head of Communication Systems Engineering

Satellite Applications Catapult

Johanna Tzanidaki

Director of Innovation and Deployment


Nikolaos Tsampieris

An Expert in 5G & Connected Vehicles


Episode Host


Maggie Aderin-Pocock

We are pleased to have Maggie Aderin-Pocock on board to present and introduce our first series of podcasts. A British space scientist and science educator, Maggie is an honorary research associate of University College London’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Since February 2014, she has co-presented the long-running astronomy television programme The Sky at Night with Chris Lintott. In 2020 she was awarded the Institute of Physics William Thomson, Lord Kelvin Medal and Prize for her public engagement in physics.


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