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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Consigned to History by the Smartphone

May 22, 2012 5:39 am | by Steve Watts, Co-founder of SecurEnvoy | Comments

It might seem hard to believe but the mobile phone was first introduced to the UK in 1985. Just twenty seven years later and the device that we now love is hardly recognisable to those first Motorola handsets. And it’s not just the size and battery life that’s changed. Let’s face it, if you were to upgrade your handset tomorrow, would you just be looking for one that can make calls! Considered the top executive toy, the mobile phone became the status symbol of the Yuppie - short for "young urban professional" or "young upwardly mobile professional".

The ZigBee Impact

May 16, 2012 12:27 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

Your home and office contain a host of technologies working to improve the way you live. From monitoring energy intake and usage, to controlling your appliances and lighting, ZigBee is a protocol that is changing the way we live — and in some cases, we don’t even realize it. ZigBee is the only standards-based wireless technology designed to address the unique needs of low-cost, low-power wireless sensor and control networks in just about any market.

Any Time, Anywhere Audio

May 16, 2012 6:04 am | Comments

Bill Boldt, Sr. Business Development Manager, Fairchild Semiconductor With cell phone companies using merchant chip sets, they must find new ways to differentiate how their products look, feel, sound; and what they enable users to do.  As for sound, in the not-too-distant past handset users expected very little in the way of audio performance, so whatever amplifier was built into the core chip set was good enough.

Leaving the Comfort Zone: How CSPs and TEVs Can Capitalize on Enterprise Mobility Applications

May 15, 2012 12:28 pm | by Jan Timothy Woodcock and Marc Jacobson, Wipro Technologies | Comments

Enterprise Mobility Applications (EMAs) will transform competition across all businesses. That's the conclusion of a Wipro survey of 161 North American companies whose executives are at the forefront of EMA deployment. How confident are these executives that sweeping change is on the way? In the area of sales productivity alone, a whopping 88 percent said they believe EMAs will improve the win rate, and 82 percent said EMAs will increase the average deal size.

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