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South of England

Focus on future communications technology, medical physics and satellites

Supporting regional businesses to achieve their full potential

Our South of England centre, based at the University of Surrey,  is growing rapidly as we make the UK's measurement infrastructure and access to NPL's scientists, engineers and technicians available across the country. We are able to respond to local needs, as well as national and international challenges, and build relations with local companies.  

In the South of England we are actively involved in future communications technology and there are two joint laboratories, the n3m and hyper THz labs, and the new 5G lab, which is due to launch in 2019.

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Our expertise

NPL is carrying out research which is directly relevant to this region. We can help companies make better measurements, characterise new and existing materials and support new technologies.  The services that are most widely used are:

Future communications technology

NPL is expanding its capability in 5G by partnering with the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey, the leading institution in the UK for 5G. We are developing a new NPL-Surrey joint laboratory at the 5GIC and at NPL Teddington which will be a world-leading centre of expertise in mm-wave metrology for 5G systems providing unique measurement capability in the UK and allowing industry to optimise their 5G designs and have a competitive advantage in the marketplace. 

We will be uniquely qualified to develop entirely new measurement science for industry, measurement metrics and test strategies. It will cover over-the-air (OTA), error-vector-magnitude (EVM), channel models and beamforming antenna array characterisation capabilities for standardisation. These are all crucial unaddressed areas in 5G development and will support the UK 5G industry. In support of this 5GIC will be integrating the new 5G joint laboratory into their facilities and the UK’s national test-bed.  Contact us if you want to know more.  

The Postgraduate Institute

We are home to the UK Centre for Postgraduate Training in Measurement Science, which aims to bolster students’ future employability and skills, and nurture the world-class researchers of tomorrow.

Postgraduate Institute for Measurement Science

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Can we help you?

NPL's expertise covers many industries and technologies. To see the complete range of services and research follow the links.

If you're still not sure if we can help, please contact us.

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South of England

National Physical Laboratory
Surrey Space Centre
BA Building
University of Surrey