Thursday, 19 April 2012

The new ‘weightless’ and wireless technology

We have already seen the benefits of mobile broadband for mass communication but how does this apply to machines? On the BBC technology page, Professor William Webb, chief technology officer at Neul and an IEEE fellow, argues that there is a need for a different type of wireless connectivity required to link machines. Professor Webb explains that the criteria would be very different to that of mass media communication “It would deliberately use much lower data rates than mobile broadband in order to allow greater range, simpler and cheaper chip sets and longer battery life…optimised for large numbers of short messages sent intermittently rather than rapid connection and multi-media download.” Institutions and companies working together have recently identified spectrum that would work with these characteristics and developing ‘weightless’ technology and weightless chips for this new area of information technology. For more on this new ‘weightless’ world read the full article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17666447

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