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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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