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Will Mobile Shopping Save Last-minute Shoppers?

December 10, 2012 6:57 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Growing up I always knew December 24th was a very important day for my father. He would wake up early (well, late for him), make a pot of coffee and call upstairs for my sisters and me. After a few minutes, and a few more shouts from Dad, we’d all eventually make our way downstairs. We knew very well what to expect, as every year without fail he would wait until Christmas Eve to go shopping for Mom.

Automatic Antenna Tuning Can Compensate for Environmental Changes Affecting RFID Readers

December 5, 2012 5:42 am | Blogs | Comments

By Prashant Dekate, ams AG Commercial RFID readers have been available on the market for over 20 years and are designed for a wide variety of end uses and therefore appear in various design implementations. Some examples include portable desktop readers, mobile handheld devices, and fixed machine or wall-mounted equipment.

Improving Quality, Traceability and Accessibility for Blood Storage

October 15, 2012 7:01 am | by Rolf Nilsson, CEO connectBlue & Christian Strandberg, CEO Tridentify | Blogs | Comments

Blood and blood components are critical for saving lives of patients following surgery, or when treating traumatic injuries and hematological deceases. The supply of blood components is a vital part of modern healthcare. Blood is a wonderful voluntary gift that can only be obtained from personal donations and every measure should be taken to honor this gift.


Wireless Power Technology Embraces User-friendly Features

October 12, 2012 6:54 am | Blogs | Comments

Wireless charging technology has been recognized as a very attractive solution to a wide range of applications because it conveniently replaces power cords and charging cables. This emerging technology is being adopted for charging mobile phones and other handheld devices [1] . Several major mobile communication service providers in Japan, Korea and the United States offer smartphones readily equipped with wireless chargers.

What’s The Worst That Could Happen? RF Communication Disasters

October 10, 2012 5:19 am | Blogs | Comments

The morning of December 4, 2011 began normally for the team of Air Force technicians. As they settled into their shift flying unmanned aircraft over Afghanistan, perhaps they chatted casually and swapped stories from the weekend. Very soon, however, their conversations were interrupted by shrill alarm sirens blaring from their control monitors.

Fundamentals of Battery Fuel-Gauging

October 9, 2012 11:36 am | by Karthik Kadirvel, Design Engineer, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Personal battery-powered devices range from single-cell devices such as cell phones to multi-cell devices such as electric cars. Range anxiety is a common issue among all battery-operated electronics. Users are anxious if they can catch the end of the movie before the battery on their tablet runs out of charge, or if they can drive their electric car to the next charging station before they get stranded on the freeway.

Testing Interference in a Wireless Environment

October 8, 2012 7:07 am | by Rolland Zhang, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

In wireless systems, interference in the wireless channel can be quite problematic, degrading the reception of desired signals. It can originate from a variety of intentional, unintentional and incidental radiators and occurs in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. With the growing scarcity of radio frequency spectrum and ongoing efforts to improve its utilization for the highest capacity and performance (e.

Replicating Dynamic Field Environments in the Lab for More Effective Regression Testing

October 4, 2012 6:54 am | by Erik Org, Senior Marketing Manager, Azimuth Systems | Blogs | Comments

In today’s complex wireless ecosystem, as our mobile devices have continued to evolve, users have come to expect continually improving functionality. Accordingly, chipset vendors, device and infrastructure OEMs, and carriers are challenged to keep up if not accelerate the pace of innovation while maintaining high product quality.


Outdoor Enclosures for Wireless Base Stations

October 2, 2012 10:42 am | by Jeffrey VanZwol, Marketing Advisor, Purcell Systems Inc. | Blogs | Comments

As wireless operators continue to build out their infrastructure to support ever-increasing bandwidth requirements, one commonly overlooked aspect that has a significant impact on operational cost is enclosures and cabinets needed to house electronics.   Outdoor equipment enclosures enable wireless operators to save substantial time, labor, space, capital and operational expense as compared to prefabricated buildings and shelters, while meeting their exact needs for equipment mounting, thermal management, coaxial and fiber cable management, power and battery backup.

Mobile HD Video: What are my options?

October 2, 2012 8:28 am | by Graham LS Connolly, Member of Technical Staff, Fairchild Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

In today’s consumer products, USB and HDMI™ have become household names and are synonymous with ultra-portable connectivity and HD video. As technology has improved and as the consumer’s demands for more features, high definition (HD) video playback and social networking capability continues to grow then so has the challenge constantly increased to maintain the ultra slim form factor on mobile products that help us to stay connected with the world.

Emergence of Thinking Networks

October 2, 2012 7:41 am | by Mike Fahrion, director of product management, B&B Electronics | Blogs | Comments

When examining Flame, the most sophisticated malware that has appeared to date, investigators discovered an interesting feature: Flame can steal and transmit data from computers that have no Internet connections. Flame does it by using unsuspecting humans for bi-directional data transport. Flame begins the process by copying itself to every digital storage device that it encounters, including USB sticks and external hard drives.

Implementing Self-Powered WSNs for Building Automation

October 1, 2012 11:20 am | Blogs | Comments

By Tim Bradow, VP of Marketing, Infinite Power Solutions (IPS) Advanced solid-state batteries together with ambient energy harvesting provide a permanent eco-friendly power solution for deploying wireless sensor networks in Smart Buildings. Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are self-organizing, self-healing networks of small sensor nodes and are positioned to transform a variety of industrial sensing applications, including building automation (occupancy detection, HVAC, lighting controls, etc.

Software Development Tools Optimize ZigBee Performance

September 24, 2012 8:04 am | Blogs | Comments

By Anders Lundgren, IAR Systems As ZigBee gains traction in the home automation and light industrial arenas, the right development tools make the difference in power savings. The ZigBee wireless protocol has been around for a number of years, but is just beginning to make a significant impact on the market.


Designing a More Patient-Proof Battery Holder

September 21, 2012 10:58 am | by Tom Blaha, President, Memory Protection Devices | Blogs | Comments

As more and more battery-powered medical devices get utilized in the home or get worn by the patient, it is becoming increasingly critical to make this equipment less susceptible to patient-error. An innovative battery holder technology makes battery replacement virtually fool-proof, providing added protection against incorrect battery replacement, which can jeopardize product safety and performance.

How Non-Line-of-Sight Backhaul Really Works

September 12, 2012 7:19 am | by Frank Rayal, Vice President of Product Management at BliNQ Networks | Blogs | Comments

Ever wondered how non-line-of-sight (NLOS) backhaul really works? And how NLOS backhaul is different from Line-of-Sight (LOS) backhaul? I will explain the difference here and highlight some key issues that make a very big difference in the performance of NLOS systems. A fundamental practice in designing wireless systems is to understand the characteristics of the propagation channel and to design a system that takes advantage of such characteristics while mitigating for different impairments.

The New Smart Home is the Really Smart Home

September 10, 2012 7:14 am | by Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak | Blogs | Comments

The new Smart Home is much more than just the connected home – it is about a truly smart home that combines the best of the connected home, the new Internet of Things, as well as the Internet of Tiny Things, with the marketing and business platform provided by the world’s leading entertainment and service providers.

Taking a Second Look at the Top 12 Trends

September 7, 2012 6:54 am | by Diane Royer, Senior Marketing Manager, Avaya | Blogs | Comments

Is the year already half over?  Where did the time go? Some of you may have seen my blog back in February about the "12 Communication Trends for 2012."  Six months later, the cool thing is that this continues to be a very hot and relevant set of topics for just about anyone who wants to quickly get a perspective on the top communication trends and how to plan for them.

Winning the In-building Wireless Network Gold

September 4, 2012 8:42 am | Blogs | Comments

By Mark Keenan, Director of Real Wireless Ltd It is hard to believe that the 2012 Olympics are over, but so is our successful quest for the epic event’s “in-building wireless” Gold Medal at Wembley Stadium. Like the athletes that graced Wembley and the other Olympic venues, we found that research, planning, practice and the use of the latest technology would be the keys to our Olympic success.

Should You Use Current or Voltage in Analog Transducer Readings?

August 24, 2012 7:39 am | Blogs | Comments

Transducers for Equipment Monitoring and More When choosing an analog measurement transducer for a variety of instrumentation monitoring applications including machine monitoring, quality assurance, and more, you will be given a choice of signal types.  The most common signals for these transducers are either voltage (0-5 volts DC, or 0-10 volts DC) or current (generally 4-20 milliamps).

Barriers To Adopting Wireless Healthcare

August 24, 2012 6:11 am | by Simon Wickes, Business Sector Manager for Healthcare at Roke Manor Research | Blogs | Comments

Mobile healthcare (mHealth) is tipped to be one of the hottest trends for 2012. Indeed, a report from the World Heath Organisation (WHO), ‘mHealth – New Horizons for Health Through Mobile Technologies’, recognises that the use of mobile and wireless has the potential to transform the face of health service delivery across the globe.

Cellular Network Synchronization Challenges - Time and Phase Synchronization over Packet-based Networks

August 22, 2012 8:46 am | Blogs | Comments

The need for deterministic timing performance for packet-based wireless backhaul networks and case for Time Synchronization Using IEEE®-1588-2008 + Synchronous Ethernet in a Time-Setting Mode of Operation By P. Stephan Bedrosian, Distinguished Engineer, LSI Corporation We use clocks everyday to synchronize ourselves with persons or processes.

The Future DAS: Smaller, Simpler, Speedier

August 21, 2012 5:18 am | by Ofer Saban, chief technology officer, Corning MobileAccess | Blogs | Comments

Sleek, efficient and easy to use.  Buzzwords, to be sure, but ones which accurately describe what a distributed antenna system (DAS) will undoubtedly look like in the very near future.  That’s because, with an increasing reliance on data-hungry mobile applications, enterprise demand for in-building networks will compel DAS to become less complex and more IT friendly.

The Growing Importance of HD Voice

August 15, 2012 10:27 am | Blogs | Comments

By Jim Machi, SVP of Marketing at Dialogic It’s no surprise that the voice communications industry is growing – especially with the advent of wideband audio, more commonly known as High Definition (HD) Voice. The introduction of HD Voice on mobile networks, which recently launched on numerous commercial mobile networks and many wireline VoIP networks worldwide, allows end-users to experience this new technology firsthand.

Emergence of Ceramic Dielectric Resonators in Wireless Communication

August 14, 2012 7:52 am | Blogs | Comments

By Rubayyat Mahbub Turjo and Adnan Mousharraf Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh The article focuses on the revolution of talking ceramics in the field of wireless communication, especially their applications, property requirements and recent R&D works on some talking ceramic materials which are ideally suitable for wireless communication.

Growing Broadband Connectivity in Rural Canada

July 30, 2012 11:13 am | by Andreas Wiatowski, Founder and CEO, Silo Wireless | Blogs | Comments

Access to the Internet and connectivity are often taken for granted by people living in urban and suburban communities. Many people have come to expect wireless access as a part of daily life.   It’s no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. When I moved to Brant County in rural Ontario, I already had a number of years of experience as a networking consultant.

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