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Advancing Wireless Careers Worldwide Through the IEEE WCET Program

January 30, 2013 12:36 pm | by Rulei Ting, Program Director, IEEE WCET | Blogs | Comments

The proliferation of wireless communications rapidly shapes and re-shapes every phase of twenty-first century life and business. Worldwide industries representing finance, healthcare, transportation, public safety, security, government, and utilities are already expanding operations with advanced technologies that instantaneously relay text, data, and visuals to widespread locations, while controlling any number of remote devices.

Advancing Wireless Careers Worldwide Through the IEEE WCET Program

January 4, 2013 10:13 am | Blogs | Comments

The proliferation of wireless communications rapidly shapes and re-shapes every phase of twenty-first century life and business. Worldwide industries representing finance, healthcare, transportation, public safety, security, government and utilities are already expanding operations with advanced technologies that instantaneously relay text, data and visuals to widespread locations, while controlling any number of remote devices.

Connected Support - Wireless M2M is the Enabler for High-value Product Support

January 2, 2013 11:22 am | by Lee Vishloff, Principal Engineer, Tech-Knows Services Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Many businesses sell specialized industrial process equipment to a global set of customers and have remote support problem. These businesses are often small and medium sized enterprises with specialized skills, and are the only true experts capable of maintaining their customers’ specialized equipment in the field.

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Sometimes Success Means We Break the Rules

January 2, 2013 7:29 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Not every process solution fits within the guidance of the process improvement methodologies we know. Sometimes, the best solution to the challenge comes from doing what our methodologies would decidedly not do. Rules are important, especially when it comes to governance, but they cannot possibly anticipate or address every single scenario that might come along.

National Research Council Gives NASA a C-

January 2, 2013 7:27 am | Blogs | Comments

By Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos  The U. S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has just been judged by a blue-ribbon panel appointed by the National Research Council (NRC) at the instigation of Congress.  That branch of government wanted an independent assessment of NASA’s strategic direction and goals in light of continuing fiscal constraints and national priorities.

Big Brother Takes the Wheel

January 2, 2013 7:12 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Is placing black boxes in automobiles really an invasion of the driver’s privacy? While I am all for the advancement of automobile safety, I wonder if placing black boxes in  a cars is stepping over the privacy boundary? A recent article, “Black Boxes in Cars Raise Privacy Concerns” discussed the placement of event data recorders, also known as black boxes, being placed in new cars and light trucks – such a development caused me to raise an eyebrow.

Cordsets: A Critical Component for Enterprise-Wide Communication and Control

December 11, 2012 10:56 am | Blogs | Comments

By Eric Sipe, Custom Product Engineering Manager, TURCK Industrial cordsets are required for nearly every operation in a manufacturing plant, providing a key component for everything from providing sufficient power distribution to enabling facility-wide communication and control. Reliable cordset solutions are necessary for achieving and maintaining continued application operation and employee productivity.

Wireless Force Sensing Technology Improves Biomedical Device Design and Function

December 11, 2012 10:08 am | Blogs | Comments

Advancements in wireless force sensing technologies have improved the design of biomedical devices for patient utilization. By Jeannine Croteau, Marketing and Mark Lowe, Product Manager The medical device industry is constantly evolving due to the progressive nature of technology. Design engineers and consumers are looking for sleeker, smaller medical devices that do not inhibit their every day activity.

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Enabling the Development of Wireless Applications for ZigBee Novices

December 11, 2012 9:55 am | by AIR team, Anaren, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Manufacture seeks to provide ‘total solution’ of hardware, firmware, and support to decode ZigBee for relative novices of RF and software As a wide range of private companies and other standards-promulgating bodies compete to establish their respective wireless protocols as ‘the default’ for a given niche (e.

Software Innovation Frees Designers from Wireless Design Complexity

December 11, 2012 5:06 am | Blogs | Comments

New 2.4GHz wireless SoCs integrate silicon radios, powerful microprocessors and flash memory together with a novel approach to software architecture - making it much easier to develop winning applications By Thomas Embla Bonnerud, Director of Product Management at Nordic Semiconductor The 2.

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.

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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.

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