Posts By: CFord

SQUAN Bringing Order to the Wild Field of Dreams for Smart Cities

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I spoke with Keith Pennachio, EVP of SQUAN, about the issues facing Smart City development and it was not surprising that many of the challenges are associated with magic thinking.  Everyone wants their own gigabit connection, while not wanting the infrastructure in their own back yard.  Fortunately, SQUAN has a portfolio of strategies that make […]

A Combination of Circumstances: Comba Telecom & In-Building Coverage

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It’s hard to get a handle on how network operators are going to convince building operators to deploy in building coverage – will they suggest small cells, or will they suggest a DAS (Distributed Antenna System)? Mind you in some countries like South Korea, dominated by one operator, a network equipment manufacturer and a cooperative […]

Beyond the Edge with Pryme Peripherals

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When it comes to First Responders, the last thing you want to do is have your hands tied up with phones. Keeping your hands free to protect and defend is essential. However communication to keep coordination is also essential. The use of Land Mobile Radio [LMR] systems with Push to Talk [PTT] solutions is how […]

You have to be Agile with Today’s First Responder’s Legacy

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I recently attended the International Wireless Communications Expo [IWCE] event and was impressed with the commitment to adopt FirstNet, by the vendor community. However, the reality is that law enforcement, fire and rescue and other first responders have a lot of legacy. It is not going to be a flash – cut, particularly given concerns […]

Getting the Fix on Fixed Wireless Triple Play

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As MWC draws to a close the hype for 5G continues, if I wanted to I could write about 5G announcements from Mobile World Congress until July. It was refreshing then to hear from Steve Collins the CTO of NetComm Wireless about how they are expanding their 4G capability products. The company has just launchedthe […]

Customer Care Means Listening Not Measuring

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Customer Care is like fishing. You can measure your success on sheer volume, but the party on the other end of the line may not feel the same way. NTT DATA Services recently conducted a survey and about how companies manage automated solutions in customer service. At a high level the results are 80% of […]

Penetrating Industrial IoT with LTE

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Cellular solutions were originally about mobility. After all why would a perfectly good plain old telephone service company invest in penetrating homes with an additional line when they had the wiring already there? The focus then was to tame the great outdoors with technology. Over the years though the service has been modified to the […]

Elon Musk is Boring Company!

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  How about I start by pointing out something less than obvious. Regulation on existing legacy systems makes it hard for innovation on current technologies. High Speed Rail in Europe and Asia was looked at and modified to fit into existing US models with Amtrak’s Metroliner. At the end of the day the “high speed” […]

Cyber Security for Smart Grids? Hail CESER!

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Rick Perry, former Governor of Texas and the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) established a new Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). CESER is in President Trumps budget for an allocation of $96 M to increase DOE’s ability to respond to cyber […]

Don’t Eat Yellow… Ice Cream

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Have you ever bought something with vanilla ice cream in it (like an ice cream sandwich) and found that its edges are tinged yellow. That is because the ice cream at one point was not kept at the proper temperature. Obviously this is a job for IoT. One company that is increasingly being called upon […]