The times they are a-changing… In an “on-the-go” world, the need for information is great. With smart phones and other devices, we expect our news instantly, anywhere we might be. These devices drive great demands on the need for network communications and available information. Things are no different in the industrial world.
oseph Citrano, Honeywell Sensing & Control In the last year, informed wireless buyers have become more educated in the kinds of questions to ask. They have become more comfortable implementing wireless solutions when they get the right answers. We still occasionally get the question, “is wireless secure and can it really function in an industrial setting?”, but most questions now are about how it will work in their own environments, how to effectively replace wires and cables with wireless, and how encryption works?.
Work safety and productivity are the top priorities for technicians and engineers who are working in hazardous conditions or troubleshooting live machinery. Having a person to make an electrical measurement with a handheld digital multimeter in some areas in an industrial facility may be prohibited due to safety concerns.
Healthcare costs are representing an increasing percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) for many countries, and it’s growing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Figure 1 shows the total healthcare expenditure (THE) of six developed countries, which includes the United States where almost 17 percent of the GDP in 2009 was for healthcare.
eCall is a European emergency call system that will combine GSM and GPS technologies to support automated vehicle emergency services throughout the European Union. Its goal is to provide rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision anywhere in the EU. The system is officially defined as a “Pan-European automatic in-vehicle emergency call system”.
People like to see a lifebelt by the local river even though they may never use it. They certainly do not want to pay for one though. It is like that with the fast charging of cars. We all want to charge our electric car in the blink of an eye. Indeed, we may be happy to pay through the nose for that electricity when we are far away if the only alternative is to walk home or at least be late for an appointment.
by Darren McQueen, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Wireless Private Broadband and IDEN Products and Solutions, Motorola Solutions Within the last 10 years, the proliferation of wireless technology has allowed people to connect with each other, anywhere, anytime. In the United States alone, 50 percent of Americans own a smartphone, 250 million people consume social media on a mobile device, and 150 billion text messages are sent every month.
Reproducible tests need a test system, not a box Hundreds of mobile phones are returned to shops every day because the customer thinks the phone is broken, especially during the warranty period. But how does the shop or a service centre find out if it is really defective or just not operated correctly? Setting up a phone call in a real network for testing is like a finger in the wind to determine the wind direction and speed.
Consider any downtime you’ve had recently while commuting –any time spent waiting in an airport lounge, or even walking down a busy street. There will have been people looking at messages on their phones, catching up with their email, watching videos on their tablets, perhaps even engaging in a little video conferencing.
The growing popularity of “over-the-top” (OTT) services such as Skype, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger that compete directly with mobile operators’ traditional messaging services has resulted in much speculation about the future of SMS. Many industry experts predict a steady decline in person-to-person SMS traffic, pointing to competition from OTT players that provide more advanced—and often free—communication options.
Wireless solutions for industrial automation applications are in high demand as companies look for cost-effective, technically feasible ways to implement secure, reliable data communications technology. Many diverse and dynamic markets are looking for ways to streamline their operations and automate their processes.
CanvasM Technologies, Tech Mahindra’s VAS subsidiary, recently entered into a strategic partnership with Polaris Wireless, a global leader in software-based wireless location solutions, to introduce the first high-accuracy, network-based wireless location solution for the Indian market.
Consumers expect the same quality from their wireless technology as they do from wired Ethernet, and to meet these expectations, service providers are demanding that 802.11n Wi-Fi technology deliver as many as four HD video streams, simultaneously, at more than 100 Mbps data rates, anywhere in the home, with near-zero error rates.
Welcome to the RAT Race One of the many complexities involved in developing today’s mobile devices and chipsets is that the product must cooperate with both cutting-edge and legacy wireless Radio Access Technologies (RATs). This creates a dizzying array of handover scenarios that must be tested before a mobile chipset or device designer can be confident that the finished product will perform well.
It was no surprise to anyone that when I took my first step into the wireless technology industry, it would be a small one. Understanding about thirty percent (OK, twenty) of the jargon that the industry guru’s spoke was not sufficient, and I was remembering even less than that. At that point, I did my best to immerse myself in the world of wireless, but sometimes it just felt like I was drowning.