Wireless & Internet Tech

CEDIA White Paper on Mobile Devices

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CEDIA releases the 3rd white paper in the Mobile Devices in Residential Systems Integration series-- "Using Mobile Devices as a Control Platform."

CEDIAThe white paper tackles the use of mobile devices within control applications, and provides guidance on design considerations in integration and automation with mobile devices.

Both high-end and budget-conscious customers increasingly demand the integration of mobile devices into integrated systems-- making it a must for installers to learn how to do exactly that.

“Many consumers want to use a device they are familiar with, such as a smartphone or tablet to control their home,” CEDIA says. “This can sometimes be challenging to integrate, but the considerations outlined in this white paper can help dealers create a seamless control experience.”

The white paper is now available free of charge for Region 1 CEDIA members.

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EC Proposes Radio Spectrum Sharing

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The European Commission (EC) pushes for "more dynamic sharing" of licensed and unlicensed frequencies in the radio spectrum-- a proposal potentially bringing more capacity to wifi and other wireless technologies.

EU Parliament"Meeting the growing spectrum needs resulting from the exponential growth in wireless data traffic and the increasing importance of wireless connectivity in the economy is limited by the absence of vacant spectrum," the EC proposal says.

Wifi devices operate within the unlicensed 2.4GHz (802.11 b/g) and 5GHz (802.11a, 802.11n) space, which will get more capacity should the proposal be successful. Frequences in use by short range devices (such as 863-870MHz) might also be expanded.

The EC demands national EU regulators to encourage spectrum sharing, all while offering "guaranteed rights" and "investment incentives" to providers and incumbents sharing licensed frequencies.

The initiative kicks off once it goes through the European Council and Parliament, meaning it still has a long way to go-- but it should be an important step towards more harmony within European radio spectrum.

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Broadcom Intros Mobile 802.11ac Chip

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Broadcom announces the BCM4335-- the "first complete 5G wifi combo chip" for mobile applications, combining 802.11ac wifi, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM radio on the same silicon die.

BroadcomAccording to the company the chip handles speeds x3 faster than existing wifi radios (reaching up to 433Mbps) with x6 more power efficiency than current 802.11n solutions.

Being platform-agnostic, vendors can add the chip to any smartphone, tablet or ultrabook.

The BCM4335 should be available from Q1 2013 once it exists "full sample phase."

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An Cloud-Based Imp in the Internet of Things

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Electric Imp has a simple proposal to bring about the so-called "internet of things"-- connecting almost any device to the internet with the addition of a simple card in a slot.

Created by ex-Apple and Google engineers, the Electric Imp card looks very similar to standard SD cards. It carries a wifi 802.11b/g/n radio, a Cortex M3-based processor and software-controllable I/O pins.

Once the user installs the Imp card into a device (be it a coffee machine, a washing machine or a lighting system) using an Electric Imp circuit board-- the company is also in talks with OEMs to get slots pre-installed into products--  the card connects to the internet, allowing users to control the device remotely via Electric Imp's online cloud and simple web-based software.

The "internet of things," in other words.

Currently the Electric Imp card exists as a developer preview, which company will start shipping from June 2012 for $25. It is also in talks with vendors, who will release compatible devices later this year.

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CEDIA on Mobile-Friendly Networks

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CEDIA releases the 2nd white paper on the integration of mobile devices in residential systems-- Ten Steps to Creating a Robust Wireless Environment for Mobile Device Integration.

CEDIAAs customers depend more on IP networks and mobile device numbers grow, modern homes need increasing amounts of wireless bandwidth in order to keep all devices working and communicating at all times.

Thus the white paper provides installers with a 10-step roadmap to creating a profitable and repeatable wifi solution.

The paper combines with the advanced IP and networking courses the association offers at CEDIA EXPO, and is available from the CEDIA marketplace.

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