CUP publishes INRS Professor Martin Maier’s FiWi Access Networks

March 15, 2012

Mise à jour : September 15, 2020

FiWi Access Networks, just released by Cambridge University Press, is the first ever comprehensive study of the science and technology behind the convergence of broadband wireless and fiber-optic networks. Co-authored by Professor Martin Maier of INRS University’s Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre and Navid Ghazisaidi, the book fills a gap in the literature on fiber-wireless (FiWi) networks, which are known for their exceptional robustness and information transfer capacity. Professor Muriel Médard, a leading researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), hailed the book’s release, noting that the authors’ pioneering work on bimodal FiWi networks is of value to scientists and engineers alike.


Wifi Access Networks discusses the latest developments in next generation networks. Such networks have a crucial role to play, not only in future broadband networks but also in Hydro-Québec’s electricity grid, which will integrate sophisticated information exchange mechanisms to create smart grids.


Bimodal FiWi networks could also be a boon for the Québec government as it implements the Electric Vehicles 2011–2020 Action Plan. A combined energy/Internet network could be used to deliver power to electric vehicles at any time, anywhere in the province. “By combining FiWi and hydroelectricity, Professor Maier explains, Québec could become an electric mobility leader in North America. Very few countries in the world are in a position to replace imported oil with homegrown electricity for land transportation, as Québec can.”


About the authors

INRS University Professor Martin Maier conducts multidisciplinary research on next-generation optical networks. In addition to exploring novel ways to integrate new optical technologies into existing systems, Maier is rethinking the role of optical networks to develop applications for smart electricity grids and combined fiber-optic/high-speed wireless (FiWi) networks. He is also the author of Optical Switching Networks (Cambridge University Press, 2008), which was translated into Japanese in 2009.


Navid Ghazisaidi holds a Ph.D. in Telecommunications Science from IRNS, where his supervisor was Martin Maier. He currently works in R&D at Ericsson’s San José facility in Californis’a Silicon Valley.



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