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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make A Touchpad

June 5, 2012 6:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor ECN Magazine | Comments

Is there a lemon in your kitchen that you'd really prefer to use as a mouse? Have you ever had a burning desire to make a banana into a digital piano? Perhaps you’ve dreamed of using alphabet soup as a keyboard? If so, you should look into getting yourself a MaKey MaKey. What is it? The MaKey MaKey, designed by  MIT Media Lab PhD students Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, is a circuit board that turns everyday objects into touchpads which can interact with your computer.

Extreme Environments Demand Extreme Lithium Power

June 4, 2012 10:59 am | by Sol Jacobs, Tadiran Batteries | Comments

Harsh environmental conditions demand long-life lithium batteries capable of powering remote wireless sensors reliably for 25+ years The more challenging the environment, the more critical the choice of power management solution. This maxim is especially true if the hostile environment is also located in an inaccessible location, making battery replacement difficult or impossible.

Top 5 Ways to Leverage Network Analytics

June 1, 2012 12:23 pm | by Tim Moynihan, Vice President of Marketing, Empirix | Comments

Mobile operators face a wide range of competitive, technical and revenue-related challenges.  They must provide a great experience even though many device and app related issues are beyond their control.  The pace of technical change, coupled with an unprecedented demand for bandwidth, wreaks havoc on infrastructure planning activities.

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Are You Appy?

June 1, 2012 11:00 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

I’ m sure you’ve heard the saying a time or two, “there’s an app for that”. Well it’s true. In today’s world of tablets, smart phones, and the like, the number of apps available has skyrocketed.  In fact, you can even make your own with services like AppMakr and iBuildApp . The purpose of an app is to aid users by making everyday tasks easier and more efficient.

BYOD - A Cloudy Adoption

June 1, 2012 7:18 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

Personal devices are popping up all over the office, and are quickly morphing from personal, to business and back to personal, all with the touch of a finger. Let’s face it – from executives, to interns, employee’s want access to their work at all hours of the day, every day of the week. Work is no longer a nine to five gig - employees must be “on” at (almost) all times.

Digital Pen and Paper: Meeting the Communication Challenge in Healthcare

May 30, 2012 11:05 am | Comments

By Pietro Parravicini, senior vice president area manager Americas for Anoto The use of paper continues to be a primary form of communication when it comes to the Healthcare industry. Doctors and nurses alike are accustomed to using pen and paper when speaking with patients and filling out necessary data.

Why Government and Business Leaders are Talking about Two-Way Radios

May 30, 2012 10:21 am | by Ian Torok, Director of Technical Services, BearCom | Comments

The narrowbanding mandate from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has businesses and government entities working to retool their two-way radio systems in the face of stiff penalties and a Jan. 1, 2013, deadline. The FCC set forth its narrowbanding initiative in 1992 with the ultimate objective of increasing capacity and efficiency for the industrial/business and public safety radio pools in the private land mobile radio services category.

IEEE ICC 2012 to Highlight "The Future of In-Home Networking"

May 30, 2012 9:02 am | by Matt Christensen, Development and Standardization Engineer, TELUS Communications | Comments

With the progress of WAN access technologies such as DOCSIS 3.0, GPON, and VDSL2, there is now more pressure than ever to over hall the bottle- neck of Internet traffic that is still limiting in-home network capacities. For instance, Telco and Cablecos alike have spent hundreds of millions of dollars upgrading this infrastructure to deliver massive data pipes to millions of homes in North America and around the world.

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IEEE Week Proclaimed from June 10 - 15, 2012 in Ottawa, Canada

May 30, 2012 8:27 am | Comments

Canada’s beautiful capital city of Ottawa has proclaimed June 10 – 15, 2012 as IEEE Week to coincide with the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2012), which will be held on the same dates at the newly, opened, $170 million Ottawa Convention Centre. Themed “CONNECT – COMMUNICATE – COLLABORATE,” IEEE ICC 2012 is expected to host thousands of industry professionals, scientists, academics and government officials, who will attend nearly 1,500 presentations highlighting the entire range of communications technologies, while touring Canada’s beautiful capital city and participating in wide-ranging local festivities.

IEEE ICC 2012 to Feature "Paperless+" Wireless Networking Event

May 30, 2012 8:22 am | Comments

The IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), the leading international venue dedicated to the advancement of wireless and wireline communications worldwide, has initiated registration for its first “paperless+” annual event to be held June 10 – 15 at the Ottawa Convention Centre in Ottawa, Canada.

Tech Exchange: Base Station Design

May 30, 2012 7:39 am | Comments

Q: What are some of the most challenging issues when designing products for remote base station applications? Damian Anzaldo, Communications Segment Manager, Maxim Today’s remote base stations must be power efficient, smaller in size and deliver excellent radio performance. Power efficiency is important to improve mobile operator total cost of ownership, help reduce CO2 emissions and minimize heat dissipation to address passive cooling requirements.

Simpler Architecture Offloads MCU in 2.4 GHz Wireless Applications

May 29, 2012 11:36 am | by Prashant Dekate, ams AG | Comments

In more and more consumer and industrial applications, end users appreciate the convenience of connectivity without cables, and the license-free 2.4 GHz ISM band is often the most suitable choice. Such applications include body area networks, wireless sensor networks, active smart labels, home/building automation, and interactive remote controls.

Cleaning Up Dirty RF: RF/Communication Physical Layer Research with LabVIEW and NI USRP

May 29, 2012 11:31 am | by Jan Dohl, Research Associate, Technical University (TU) Dresden, Germany, Vodafone Chair Mobile Communication Systems | Comments

The Challenge: Developing an improved method for applying digital signal processing to correct nonlinear RF impairments, and validating the approach using real-world wireless signals. The Solution: Migrating simulation-only code to NI LabVIEW software and using real-time digital signal processing (DSP) with two NI USRP™ (Universal Software Radio Peripheral) software defined radios to specifically address nonlinear amplifier impairments and validate algorithms with real-world signals.

1 Watt Driver Amplifiers Offer 2-Stages of Gain and Integrated Features to Simplify RF Design

May 29, 2012 10:16 am | Comments

Today’s radio designs, and other RF communication equipment, are being made to consume less power while occupying less physical space, which leads to less available board area for heat sinking. ADI has kept pace with these requirements by creating the ADL5605 and ADL5606 two-stage 1 Watt RF driver amplifiers.

How Utilities Can Leverage Smart Grid Automation to Comply with FAA-mandated Obstruction Light Monitoring Requirements

May 29, 2012 9:35 am | by Jason Wilson, Sr. VP of Business Development & Product Management for On-Ramp Wireless | Comments

New transmission lines are being built to meet growing demands for electricity, improve reliability of power delivery, and meet requirements for procuring larger percentages of energy from renewable sources. As new transmission corridors are approved and the projects are initiated, the FAA requires notification by utilities of the construction or alteration of any structure that may affect the National Airspace System.

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