Offering real-time location of devices, whether indoors or out, is in high demand. Having moved on from simply using a SatNav device in the car, users now expect the precise location to be easy and seamless on all their devices. Whilst it’s usually possible to locate devices outdoors when a GPS chip is fitted, what if no GPS chip is installed, or what about locating items indoors, or other cases where GPS is impractical?
Modern smart devices and wireless networks are now offering services that were once considered the preserve of science fiction like Star Trek. However, boldly going where nobody has gone before can bring its own challenges. One of the key concerns is balancing performance and battery usage – it’s very easy to be in a position where despite having the technology, some systems suffer from ‘We don’t have the power Captain!’
In its most basic context, product certification is a process that demonstrates whether a certain product has passed performance and quality assurance tests, and meets qualification criteria stipulated in contracts, regulations, or specifications. It is a process that assesses whether a product is safe to use in the applications and markets it is intended for. Most organisations that assess whether a product meets the required criteria are themselves accredited to an international standard, ISO/IEC Guide 65:1996, that proves and ensures their competence to perform product certifications.
There is a bewildering array of choice when it comes to considering a standard or proprietary wireless technology design. Choosing which route to take needs careful consideration and an analysis of which solution will best meet your needs and requirements. This guide highlights the limitations of using standard protocols and takes you through the main questions you should be asking when making a decision.
Wireless systems and devices are being creatively applied in an increasing number of technology areas. Smaller device sizes, reduced radio component costs and increased device performance are some of the factors encouraging more businesses to consider implementing wireless systems.
Wirelessly-enabled devices are being developed at a fast pace due to high demand from consumers and businesses alike. To help you understand how innovations in wireless technology can help your business gain a market advantage, this guide explains the progress that has already been made, takes you through current trends and tips for making the most of them, and shares our predictions for the all-important future direction of the technology.
The world of wireless communications is full of names, acronyms and numbers. These different types of wireless communication technology are built on wireless ‘standards’, each suited for different uses. Some key wireless standards are grouped under household names such as WiFi, Bluetooth and cellular ‘mobile’ networks.
Smart devices and wireless networks have evolved rapidly but they are still beholden to more humble battery technology. Unlike some other technologies, the evolution of battery technology is linked to a proportionate rise in cost, so any developments in extending battery capacity are likely to be expensive.