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Design as an Art Form

April 23, 2014 2:33 pm | by Vladymir Rogov, CEO of ROGOV Design | Blogs | Comments

From my perspective, design and innovation is ultimately about making life better for people and a better world. My job as a designer is to exploit product experience options that create value, propositions and services so compelling, customers prefer...

Three Questions to Ask Before Building a Large-Scale Wi-Fi Network

April 15, 2014 3:17 pm | by Shervin Gerami, CEO, TeleWorld Solutions | Blogs | Comments

While looking for ways to monetize data, operators must also find ways to offload it. Wi-Fi has become a great solution to meet these demands, especially with the FCC’s recent decision to open up 100 MHz of spectrum in 5 GHz bands for unlicensed Wi-Fi use. Still, large-scale Wi-Fi deployments come with concerns...

5 Misconceptions About Circuit Protection Devices

April 4, 2014 1:55 pm | by Barry Brents, TE Connectivity | Blogs | Comments

In my work, I speak with lots of engineers about using circuit protection devices and find that there are still a lot of misconceptions about the technology and their applications. Here are the top five ...                

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China Could Lead the Way with the Smart Home

April 3, 2014 5:06 pm | by Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak | Blogs | Comments

I remember the first time I flew into China. It must have been the early ‘90s. I landed in Beijing, and it was as if I entered a different world, like landing on another planet. Since that time, I have met many Chinese people and became friends with lots of them, and they told me that they had ...

Top Three Reed Switch No-No's

March 26, 2014 5:09 pm | by Lawrence McClure, HSI Sensing | Blogs | Comments

The reed switch: A simple electro-mechanical device with a contact area and two to three leads that, when the correct magnetic or electrical force is applied, facilitates continuity through the switch...                        

Getting a Handle on E-Waste

March 26, 2014 5:01 pm | by Eric Austermann, VP, Social & Environmental Responsibility, Jabil | Blogs | Comments

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than 2.5 million tons of electronic waste, or e-waste, is produced each year in the United States. Globally, electronics represent the fastest-growing waste stream in many countries ...  

A Timeline of GPS Technology

March 7, 2014 4:28 pm | by Robert J. Hall, Track Your Truck | Blogs | Comments

As we tool around the countryside under the direction of that helpful box on the dashboard, it's easy to believe that GPS is the latest and greatest invention to hit the pike. It may come as a surprise to learn that the idea actually got off to its rocky start back in 1959...

Why GPS Tracking Systems Need to be User-Friendly

March 7, 2014 4:23 pm | by Robert J. Hall, Track Your Truck | Blogs | Comments

Thanks to major advances in GPS technology over the last several years, it's easier and more affordable than ever for small fleets to invest in GPS tracking systems. Still, all tracking systems are not created equal. Without doing a little homework prior to making such a purchase...

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Why is ZigBee Green?

March 5, 2014 3:04 pm | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder of GreenPeak, ZigBee Alliance Member | Blogs | Comments

One of the biggest challenges that consumers and service providers will have in the future is maintaining a wide range of sensor and control devices located throughout the Smart home. For ease of use and installation, it makes much more sense to have these powered by either batteries or by energy harvesting technologies...

Why it’s Time for a Useful Internet of Things

March 5, 2014 2:26 pm | by Matthias Poppel, Chief Operation Officer, EnOcean | Blogs | Comments

It was one of the hot trends at CES show: Communicating devices and objects. There were a toothbrush, a fridge, or even a garbage can that send information to the smart phone. It shows two things: First, there are many technical possibilities today to realize the...                 

Wearable Technology: The $70 Billion Picture

March 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Wearable technology mainly concerns devices and apparel/textiles. Devices are discrete electronic and electrical hardware sold on its own for bodywear. It may be utilized by being attached to apparel or by constituting worn accessories such as electronic watches and...                     

Strengthening the Electrotechnical Sector by Participating in IEC Standardization

January 20, 2014 3:32 pm | by S. Joe Bhatia, President & CEO American National Standards Institute | Blogs | Comments

Nearly every aspect of modern life is connected to the electrotechnical industry. From telecommunications, multimedia, medical equipment, and energy production and distribution, to e-mobility, fiber optics, nanotechnology, and consumer ...

What’s Next for Wireless Networks in 2014?

January 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Morgan Kurk, Senior Vice President, CommScope | Blogs | Comments

The continued implementation of LTE and the ongoing data boom mean that most wireless operators are focused on modernizing and enhancing the capacity of their networks with the most efficient architectures and equipment. Increasing network capacity also intensifies their focus on metrocells and indoor coverage. With that said, here’s what I see as the major trends in wireless infrastructure for 2014...

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CES 2014: The Weird, Strange, and Unique

January 15, 2014 2:53 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Every trade show has these — the oddball products, tech demos, and general weirdness that accompanies any large gathering of people vying for your attention. Sometimes, the exhibits exude innovation and leave a positive lasting impression...        

Four Predictions for CES 2014

January 7, 2014 10:04 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Being that the PD&D offices are in Madison, WI, it would only be assumed that I, along with my colleagues, would venture to the grand International CES event in Las Vegas through the air. Unfortunately, due to the many flight cancellations associated with the bitter cold snap, I found myself stranded in...

Consolidation among Global Wireless Carriers Accelerates

January 6, 2014 2:50 pm | by Robert Whitmore is Senior Vice President - Strategic Consulting for Tangoe, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Thanks to the power of technology, global enterprises are now always on and always connected, regardless of where members of their organization reside. Global mobile carriers have seen this shift first hand, and many are taking their first steps in...              

5G Won’t Fully Develop Until 2020, Watch For Network Consolidation in 2014

January 6, 2014 2:29 pm | by Martin Nuss, Vitesse Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Global 4G/LTE deployments are well underway. We’re even starting to see the first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) rollouts starting in South Korea. This naturally has wireless vendors thinking about “what’s next?” And “what’s next” is usually referred to as “5G”...          

Heart-Hacking is Possible Paranoia

December 4, 2013 5:14 pm | by Julia Blaikie, WDD Intern | Blogs | Comments

Like other wireless electronic systems, medical devices can be hacked. While it may not make sense to think that anyone would want to wirelessly access your medical implant to destroy you, neither does thinking someone would...   

Looking Ahead at M2M in 2014

December 4, 2013 9:18 am | by By Olivier Beaujard, Sierra Wireless, Vice President Market Development at Sierra Wireless | Blogs | Comments

As more and more OEMs and companies are discovering the true benefits of M2M adoption, it’s clear that the coming year will see continued advancements towards an even greater connected world.                                                        

Making the Switch: Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Migrating to Solid-State Relays

December 3, 2013 9:37 am | by Cliff Ortmeyer, Newark element14 | Blogs | Comments

Is it time to migrate from those large-footprint switches to something a little smaller? Something a little quieter? Something a little more solid state, like the cool kids use? Maybe. But, as with anything else, it all depends upon the application.  Here are five questions you should ask yourself before making the switch.

Driving Carrier ARPU Through Messaging, Mobile Payments and Mobile Advertising

November 22, 2013 1:39 pm | by James Citron, CMO, payvia | Articles | Comments

A recent report from the GSMA predicts an increasingly tough few years ahead for mobile carriers, with global revenues dropping 16 percent by 2017. With subscriber penetration in the developed world now between 70 and 90 percent...           

Keep Your Head in the Cloud: Rethinking BSS Systems in the Era of Hyper-Innovation

November 21, 2013 3:07 pm | by Alam Gill, senior vice president of global managed services, CSG International | Blogs | Comments

Remember the days when outsourcing meant giving “non-core” systems and processes to third-party “consultants” who promised to save you money while allowing you to focus on whatever they thought was your core business...                 

Farsens Presents the Magneto, a Battery Free RFID Magnetometer Tag

November 13, 2013 9:54 am | by Farsens S.L. | Blogs | Comments

The Magneto from Farsens S.L., San Sebastián, Spain, is a battery free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated magnetic field measurement data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the sensor...

The Importance of IPv6 for Wireless Network Providers

November 12, 2013 10:19 am | by John Curran, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Registry for Internet Numbers | Blogs | Comments

With the growing scarcity of IPv4 addresses and the increasing need to deploy IPv6, wireless network providers (among many others) need to prepare their products and networks in order for the Internet to continue to grow...                                        

IEEE GLOBECOM 2013 to Focus on IPv6 Goes Mobile

November 7, 2013 1:45 pm | by Latif Ladid, President IPv6 Forum, Senior Researcher at the University of Luxembourg | Blogs | Comments

It is always a pleasure to meet with thousands of colleagues annually at IEEE GLOBECOM to discuss and share our views on the most pertinent topics facing the communications industry, worldwide governments and the billions of individuals, who benefit daily from the...

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