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With Carbon Nanotubes, a Path to Flexible, Low-Cost Sensors

September 27, 2013 9:02 am | by Patrick Regan, Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) are showing the way toward low-cost, industrial-scale manufacturing of a new family of electronic devices. A leading example is a gas sensor that could be integrated into food packaging to gauge freshness, or into compact wireless air-quality monitors.

On the Journey to the Internet of Things: An Insight into the Future of Energy Harvesting

September 27, 2013 8:59 am | by Laurent Giai-Miniet, CEO of EnOcean | Articles | Comments

Energy is everywhere within reach, it just needs to be harvested: this is the principle of energy harvesting. Today, energy harvesting wireless solutions are already well established in the commercial building automation sector. But the technology is just getting started. Tomorrow, new application fields for batteryless wireless communication will be found to further enhance the world around us.

Photo of the Day: Sensing Heartbeat Beneath Rubble.

September 26, 2013 5:23 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Researchers performed a test of the Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER) prototype technology -- which can locate individuals buried in disasters -- at the Virginia Task Force 1 Training Facility in Lorton, VA. The device uses radar technology developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.


NASA Homeland Security Test Disaster Recovery Tool

September 26, 2013 5:18 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are collaborating on a first-of-its-kind portable radar device to detect the heartbeats and breathing patterns of victims trapped in large piles of rubble resulting from a disaster. The prototype technology, called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER) can locate individuals buried as deep as 30 feet (about 9 meters) in crushed materials.

Engineering Newswire 57: DARPA's Experimental Program Sends Drones to Space

September 26, 2013 4:30 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're microwaving rubble with a portable radar device, expanding access to space with reusable unmanned vehicles, designing elastic OLEDs ro make displays like windows, and flying tinker toys to space.

IHS Study Puts iPhone 5S Production Costs at $191

September 26, 2013 9:35 am | News | Comments

While the iPhone 5S includes a handful of new features that set it apart from Apple's previous model, the actual cost to make the phone hasn't changed very much, according to a new study. An IHS teardown of the new smartphone found that the components that make up a 16-gigabyte iPhone 5S cost $190.70.

Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts for Phones

September 26, 2013 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alerts are available from the American Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other federal and local groups. If users sign up to receive Twitter alerts from one of these groups, they will get a text message notification whenever the group sends a tweet marked as an alert.

FBI: Navy Yard Gunman Left Note About Radio Waves

September 26, 2013 9:22 am | by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the final months of his life, Aaron Alexis complained of hearing voices talking to him through a wall and of microwave vibrations that he said entered his body and prevented him from sleeping. His delusional belief that he was being bombarded by extremely low-frequency radio waves.


Photo of the Day: Arrays of Nanoantennas

September 26, 2013 8:43 am | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

The semiconductor antenna arrays allow long-wavelength light to strongly interact with nano-scale samples, so the arrays could enhance the detection of small volumes of materials with a standard IR spectrometer – already a commonplace piece of equipment in many industrial and research labs.

Tiny Antennas Let Long Light Waves See in Infrared

September 26, 2013 8:40 am | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed arrays of tiny nano-antennas that can enable sensing of molecules that resonate in the infrared (IR) spectrum. The semiconductor antenna arrays allow long-wavelength light to strongly interact with nano-scale samples.

Bird Technologies Acquires Distributed Antenna System Manufacturer DeltaNode

September 25, 2013 4:19 pm | by Bird Technologies | News | Comments

Bird Technologies has announced that is has acquired DeltaNode from Scandinavian Health Ltd. (SHL Group) for an undisclosed amount of cash. The transaction was completed on September 1. DeltaNode has established a strong presence in Europe, the U.S., and Canada, as a supplier of RF-over-fiber distributed antenna systems and repeaters...

Tangoe Expands Mobile Support Services Across the Globe

September 25, 2013 4:16 pm | by Tangoe | News | Comments

Tangoe has announced the expansion of its Managed Mobility Services (MMS) offering with enhanced Mobile Support Services. Tangoe’s Mobile Support Services are available globally and provide the capabilities, service levels, availability, language support, quality assurance and response times enterprises need to compete in the always on, always available, always now world. 

AiTech Improves Customer Value With CTI Group’s Hosted SmartRecord Solution

September 25, 2013 4:03 pm | by CTI Group | News | Comments

CTI Group (Holdings) has announced that AiTech has elected to use SmartRecord as their call recording solution across their BroadWorks Hosted PBX platforms. SmartRecord provides Telcos and Service Providers with a call recording solution that they can host and offer out as a value-added service, complimenting their core hosted PBX and SIP trunking services, and increasing annual revenue per user (ARPU).


IBM and Deutsche Telekom Launch Mobile App Cloud Service for Midmarket Customers

September 25, 2013 4:00 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM and Deutsche Telekom have announced a collaboration to provide the IBM MobileFirst platform in the cloud to small and medium sized (SMB) customers in Europe. Deutsche Telekom has launched the new cloud service, Developer Garden powered IBM Worklight...

Tech Valley Communications Rebrands to FirstLight Fiber

September 25, 2013 3:52 pm | by Tech Valley Communications | News | Comments

FirstLight Fiber (formerly known as Tech Valley Communications) has announced the formal rebranding of Tech Valley Communications to FirstLight Fiber. Adopting the name it used for its fiber optic network, this announcement reflects the ongoing geographic expansion of FirstLight and its enhanced set of capabilities...

Axell Wireless Launches 2nd Generation Fiber Optic System for Enhanced In-building Coverage

September 25, 2013 3:48 pm | by Axell Wireless | News | Comments

Axell Wireless has announced the launch of the 2nd generation of its fully LTE-ready, very low noise figure, low-power fiber optic Distributed Antenna System (DAS). The system supports all technologies and bands used by U.S. carriers including 700 LTE (Upper and Lower bands), 800 SMR, 850 Cellular, PCS (including the G Block for Sprint) and AWS. 

Barcoding Launches Consumables by Barcoding

September 25, 2013 3:44 pm | by Barcoding | News | Comments

Barcoding has announced the formation of a new division, Consumables by Barcoding, the premier resource for application-driven consumables including labels, ribbons, printheads, and other custom media. Led by a team of experienced media specialists, Consumables by Barcoding is dedicated to delivering the right labels and supplies to meet a wide range of unique business requirements.

RFMD Expands Assembly Capacity to Accommodate Strong Product Demand

September 25, 2013 3:41 pm | by RFMD | News | Comments

RFMD announced it has successfully completed a recently announced expansion of its test, tape and reel, and assembly facility, located in Beijing, China. In addition to newly qualified internal assembly capacity for power amplifiers (PAs), switch-based products, and antenna control solutions.

Gemalto’s New M2M Development Kit Boosts Innovation in the Internet of Things

September 25, 2013 3:33 pm | by Gemalto | News | Comments

Gemalto is again simplifying Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology and expanding the Internet of Things (IoT) with the launch of the Cinterion Concept Board for developers. The IoT gives physical objects the ability to automatically transfer information over a network, which creates a platform for smart decisions and continuously improved process and interactions.

Harris Corporation Introduces Airborne Mission Radios for Improved International Ground-to-Air Tactical Communications

September 25, 2013 3:25 pm | by Harris Corporation | News | Comments

Harris Corporation has introduced new tactical radios that allow international air and ground forces to work more closely together during joint operations. Introduced at the Defense Security and Equipment International trade show in London, the new RF 7850A Airborne Networking Mission Radios deliver secure and reliable voice and wideband data communications...

Quality of Service over LTE Networks - Part 3 of 3

September 25, 2013 12:44 pm | by Masoud Mojtahed, Wireless Software Engineer and Sindhu Xirasagar, Wireless Software Product Line Manager | Articles | Comments

This is the third article in a three-part series. The first article examined the driving forces for QoS in wireless networks and the second article outlined the technical requirements of the LTE QoS framework. This article describes how QoS is being implemented in LTE networks using purpose-built System-on-Chip communication processors.

Quality of Service over LTE Networks - Part 2 of 3

September 25, 2013 11:29 am | by Masoud Mojtahed, Wireless Software Engineer and Sindhu Xirasagar, Wireless Software Product Line Manager | Articles | Comments

This is the second article in a three-part series. The first article examined the driving forces for QoS in mobile networks. This article outlines the technical requirements of the LTE QoS framework, including the critical parameters and policy controls, and how these fit into the LTE architecture.

Researchers Use Smart Phone Photography to Diagnose Eye Disease

September 25, 2013 9:53 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Retinal (or fundus) photography is an essential part of any ophthalmology practice. Commercial fundus cameras can cost tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, making the technology out of reach for smaller ophthalmic practices and to physicians in third-world countries.

NASA Rover Inspects Pebbly Rocks at Martian Waypoint

September 25, 2013 9:52 am | by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has resumed a trek of many months toward its mountain-slope destination, Mount Sharp. The rover used instruments on its arm last week to inspect rocks at its first waypoint along the route inside Gale Crater. The location, originally chosen on the basis of images taken from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, paid off with investigation of targets that bear evidence of ancient wet environments.

Quality of Service over LTE Networks - Part 1 of 3

September 25, 2013 9:47 am | by Masoud Mojtahed, Wireless Software Engineer and Sindhu Xirasagar, Wireless Software Product Line Manager | Articles | Comments

Ongoing worldwide adoption of mobile devices has created unprecedented demand for access to e-commerce, social media and entertainment applications anywhere, at any time. This has not only increased the amount of mobile broadband traffic transported by the carrier networks, but also transformed its composition.

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