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EC Consultation on Internet of Things

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EC Consultation on Internet of Things

The European Commission (EC) opens a consultation process on regulations regarding wireless connected devices and the internet of things, as part the Digital Agenda for Europe.

Apparently the EC wants to start working on the framework required to "unlock the economic and societal benefits of the internet of things," together with control on the gathering, processing and storage of data by devices.

According the commission the average citizen owns at least 2 internet-connected devices-- a figure to reach 7 by 2015. The commission also says the Read more...

London Tube Getting Free Olympic Wifi

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London Tube Getting Free Olympic Wifi

Londoners using the underground subway system might be dreading the July and August 2012 Olympics, what with striking drivers and tourists hordes... but at least they'll get free wifi for the duration of the athletic season. 

Virgin Media will provide the system, covering around 80 stations. Wifi however will not reach deeper parts of the Underground system (such as trains and platforms), and the service will be shut down to non-Virgin customers once the concluding Olympic act, the Paralympic Games, are over. 

The company also promises it will extend Read more...

Cisco Projects 18X Global Mobile Internet Growth

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Cisco Projects 18X Global Mobile Internet Growth

According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, WW mobile internet traffic is set to grow by 18x in the 2011-2016 period-- reaching 10.8 exabytes monthly (or 130 exabytes yearly) by 2016. 

The company also projects 2016 mobile cloud traffic will account for 71% (7.6 exabytes) of total monthly mobile data traffic. In comparison, 2011 mobile cloud traffic totals 269 petabytes monthly (45%). 

Fueling such growth is the growth in mobile internet use for web surfing, internet access, video calling and GPS/location services. The report says there will Read more...

Squeezing Out More Bandwidth By Twisting Radio Waves

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Squeezing Out More Bandwidth By Twisting Radio Waves

As data traffic grows at an increasingly rapid pace, wireless bandwidth is fast becoming a precious commodity. Enter Italian astrophysicist Fabrizio Tamburini and his proposed solution-- one involving "twisting" radio waves. 

The idea takes inspiration from the gravity black holes generate-- gravity so immense it causes light waves to twist. In a recent paper, Tamburini shows a means to twist radio waves in a similar way-- creating multiple subfrequencies distinguished by the degree of twistedness. 

You can tune the wave with a given frequency as Read more...

WiGig Devices Get PlugFest Testing

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WiGig Devices Get PlugFest Testing

The Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig) announces the first PlugFest event-- where alliance members will test the interoperability of devices using the WiGig standard.

The event runs for 3 days and is organised in collaboration with MET Labs and UL CCS, two leading independent compliance, testing and certification houses, and key test instrumentation provider Agilent Technologies.

The event marks a transition for WiGig-- from technology specification (currently standing at version 1.1) to actual commercial products running the ultra-fast 60Hz standard. Read more...

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