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The Advantages of Global 3G Coverage for M2M Applications

June 12, 2012 10:57 am | by Carl Fenger and Ezra Stein | Comments

U-Blox’ LISA-U2 UMTS/HSPA+ Universal Modem Family In many regions of the world there is a strong migration from 2G to 3G networks, especially in regions such as the USA, Japan, Korea and Australia. Almost daily there is news published about service providers informing GSM customers to switch to 3G services: • Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, which provides mobile communication services to over half of all users in Japan, has announced the termination of 2G services by end of 2012.

Smart Grid, Smarter Design

June 12, 2012 6:28 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

  We all fall for them. The allure of buzzwords and hot topics captures our attention and appeals to an optimistic nature for all things that will make our world better. However, they can also lead us to fall for the hype instead of focusing on credible, real-world applications. This leads into our discussion of the smart grid.

The New Guard Dog on the Block- Wireless Property Security Systems

June 11, 2012 12:43 pm | by Sara Cohen, Editorial Intern | Comments

One residence burglary happens every 13 seconds, according to the FBI . Thirty percent of burglaries happen by unlawful entry (breaking in through an unlocked window or door)  Sixty percent of burglaries happen by forced entry. Police confirm that 90 percent of property burglaries are preventable.

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Ditch Those Tacky Key Chains: Easy Access with EC Key

June 11, 2012 6:59 am | by Sara Cohen, Editorial Intern | Comments

Tired of fumbling around for keys in your handbag? Do your pants pockets sound out the tune to jingle bells with each step? It’s time to ditch those tacky key chains.   What it is: the EC Key, available in two models: the EK2 and EK3, is a wireless locking system that instantly turns your Bluetooth-enabled device into a key.

Thousands of International Professionals to Explore Entire Array of Wireless Communications Technologies at IEEE ICC 2012

June 7, 2012 4:55 am | by Heather Ann Sweeney, Associate Marketing Manager, IEEE Communications Society | Comments

Themed “CONNECT – COMMUNICATE – COLLABORATE,” the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2012), the premier flagship event of the IEEE Communications Society, will hold its next annual conference from June 10 – 15 in Canada’s beautiful capital city of Ottawa.

RF Design Is Easy - Just Let Someone Else Do It

June 5, 2012 11:22 am | by Andy Ross, Director of Wireless Applications for B&B Electronics | Comments

If you’re not designing Wi-Fi (802.11) into your systems already, you’ll be doing so very soon. Wi-Fi is rapidly establishing itself as the standard wireless connection for industrial devices. It’s a big change, but it needn’t be intimidating. There are plenty of vendors out there who have all of the necessary expertise.

Underground Ads: NFC Does It Again

June 5, 2012 11:01 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

Advertisements parade the bustling world we live in. Billboards, magazines, buildings, websites, public transportation, even the oddest places, such as supermarket eggs, Chinese food cartons, and motion sickness bags on airplanes. For example, we’ve all stood (or sat if you’re lucky) on a subway train, where we are engulfed by advertisements “decorating” the steel walls.

Technology For Technology's Sake

June 5, 2012 7:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor ECN Magazine | Comments

It has been done a thousand times, in museums, government buildings and schools: ancient, lumbering institutions using technology in an attempt to become cutting-edge—and falling flat in the process. We’re not talking about the smart-grid, which shows great potential for consumers and governments alike, or even smart boards, which take education to a different level.

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Is Google Glass Too Ambitious?

June 5, 2012 6:58 am | Comments

By Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor ECN Magazine Welcome to the future. Google recently announced a new product called "Project Glass" out of super-secret Google[x] Lab. The idea behind the project is creating light-weight augmented-reality glasses that allow the user to access apps, information, messages, texts, and basically anything else available on a smart phone without the bulky interface.

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.

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.

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