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Design to a Standard

September 5, 2014 4:54 pm | by Jonathan Seckler, PoE Subcommittee Marketing Chair, Ethernet Alliance; Product Marketing Director, Dell | Blogs | Comments

More and more often these days, developers have to design their solutions with communications in mind. The Internet of Things is an expansion of the network concept — adding machine-to-machine communications to the network and ...  

Perception Is Reality: IoT's Security Problem

September 4, 2014 1:36 pm | by Alex Frommeyer, Founder/CEO Beam Technologies, Founder/CEO Uproar Labs | Blogs | Comments

The hype machine for the internet of things projects to reach its fever pitch by the end of this...

12 of the Highest Paid Engineers on the Planet

July 1, 2014 12:55 pm | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

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Too Much of a Useless Thing

July 1, 2014 12:45 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

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Changing the Batteries: Wireless Power in the Home

May 27, 2014 10:44 am | by Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community, element14 | Blogs | Comments

Wireless power isn’t just about reducing the amount of cords in the world. It’s about increasing the capability of wirelessly powered devices. Another growing segment where innovations in wireless technology can be of benefit is in home entertainment and electronics...

Bluetooth Innovation Series Advances Developer Knowledge

May 6, 2014 10:52 am | by Steve Hegenderfer | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) has seen explosive growth over the last few years – a growth fueled by Bluetooth® Smart technology, which developers are integrating into millions of new devices and helping to bring connectivity to everyday objects...

Thermostat Wars to End, Wristify Lends a Hand

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Caitlin Johnson, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

This winter, I’ve engaged in a thermostat war with my roommate. One night, in a shivering, desperate attempt to find a way to stay warm, I turned to Google for a solution that didn’t involve wearing half of my wardrobe. What I found continues to excite me...

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Network Problems? Never Fear…TotalTechHero is Here!

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Caitlin Johnson, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The demand for network and cloud-based applications, entertainment, and services is growing. It is estimated that by the year 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. Customers who count on dependable network and device performance encounter technical problems instead...

5 Questions to Ask an LTE Chip Maker

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP Marketing and Business Development at Altair Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

One of the components of your future device is a cellular chip. There are many chip providers from which to choose, all eager to help bring your product to market. The decision to partner with a chipset vendor is not an easy one, and requires a significant amount of research, time, and resources...

Cars of the Future Aren’t Just Cars

April 29, 2014 9:33 am | by Ilya Gelfenbeyn, CEO, Speaktoit | Blogs | Comments

The future has always been a playground for imagining possible innovations for the motor vehicles that are ubiquitous to our lives. Recently, much of that focus has been directed at self-driving cars. As always, improvements to cars aim to make them safer, smoother, and more hassle-free...                        

How Trustworthy is the Data You’re Using?

April 23, 2014 2:49 pm | by Rich Garvin, Training & Development Manager, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

When I began my mechanical engineering career in the materials handling industry 30 years ago, go-to resources primarily included engineering books and handbooks on the bookshelf in your office. Experienced engineers were adept at... 

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...

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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 ...                

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 ...  

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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...

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...

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...   

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